What to See & Do

Grow with
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Visiting Holden Forests & Gardens is a captivating way to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to experience a rotating roster of seasonal activities or retread your favorite attractions, we’re excited to be your destination to learn, explore, and grow.

Upcoming Events

Thanks to a full calendar of special events and exhibitions, we offer tons of new and exciting opportunities to further connect with nature.

Woodland Twilight 2021

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Our annual benefit is transformed into a magical summer evening for all ages.

The Holden Arboretum will be taken over by mystical fairies who protect the forest as we unveil our new Fairy Doors exhibit.  Enjoy a picnic dinner in the beauty of the Arboretum.  Adult and family-friendly activities, music and fun await.

More details forthcoming.  Tickets will go on sale in May.

Special Exhibits & Activities

Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Twisting mazes. Towering castles. Hedges full of faces. All constructed from willow sticks and branches. Patrick Dougherty’s art has been featured in more than 300 locations around the world, and we have the privilege of hosting his Northeast Ohio debut.


Garden Guide Smartphone Tours

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our mobile education tool offers thought-provoking, self-guided tours at both campuses. Each is equipped with videos, audio clips, useful resources, and more. Tours change seasonally, so be sure to visit often.


Permanent Attractions

Whether you’re a budding plant-lover or a deep-rooted botanist, our beautiful campuses have something for everyone—any time of year. Learn more about our grounds (and the evergreen enjoyment they provide) below.

Trails at Holden Arboretum

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Holden Arboretum has miles and miles of trails to discover and explore. Whether you are in the mood for a hike through a woodland forest, a walk around a lake, walks through blooming gardens (or all three!) we have the experiences for you.


Gardens at Holden Arboretum

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Holden Arboretum spans about 3,500 acres in Lake and Geauga counties, with 200 acres dedicated to cultivated gardens and special collections. Our gardens are home to a wide range of plants, each with its own story to tell.


Murch Canopy Walk

Open Open today: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

The Canopy Walk invites guests to stroll along a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that rises 65 feet above the forest floor. Walk amongst the treetops and appreciate nature from an entirely new perspective.


Kalberer Emergent Tower

Open Open today: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

The Emergent Tower is 120 feet (or approximately 12 stories) tall, which allows for a breathtaking, unrivaled view of the surrounding area—guests can see all the way to Lake Erie.


Stebbins Gulch

Closed Closed today

Stebbins Gulch is the crown jewel of The Holden Arboretum’s extensive natural areas and is one of the most unspoiled natural history preserves in Northeast Ohio.


Little Mountain

Closed Closed today

Formerly the site of resort hotels where Cleveland’s wealthy residents escaped the summer heat, Little Mountain is now home to towering white pines, diverse plant communities, unique geological formations, and abundant wildlife.


Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods is the wonderfully whimsical playground where kids can build a log shelter, hop, jump and limbo their way through the obstacle course, or take a quiet break at the bird feeding station.


More to See and Do

With so much land to explore, this is just the start of all that Holden Forests & Gardens offers. Learn more about some of our other most popular attractions:

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