Summer at Holden Arboretum

Your Scenic Adventure

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.

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Special Exhibits & Activities

Mission Botanica

Holden Arboretum

Mission Botanica will be featured at the Holden Arboretum from Saturday, June 11 to Sunday, September 5, 2022. Climb, leap, hang, and fly through the green and mysterious world of a unique maze with Mission Botanica. This June, you’re invited to explore the vast biodiversity in a bilingual, family-friendly adventure maze, that will feature highlighted plants and trees from the Arboretum’s collection. 

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Twilight in the A-Mazing Woods

Holden Arboretum

Save the date for our annual benefit picnic for the plants and trees. Twilight in the A-Mazing Woods will take place Saturday, July 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Throughout the Arboretum grounds, the benefit will feature a picnic dinner by SPICE Catering, live music, activities for adults and kids including a craft station and botanically themed treasure hunt, and exclusive access to the Arboretum’s summer exhibit, Mission Botanica by Minotaur Mazes. Purchase tickets at holdenfg.org. 

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Concert in the Forest Series

Holden Arboretum

Wed., Jun. 22, 2022 | 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm (+ 6 more)

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Concert in the Forest Series begins Wednesday, June 15th. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and quality time with friends and family out in nature. Food trucks will open at 5:30 p.m. Concert in the Forest Series will feature bands from Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra Apollo’s Fire. Concerts are included with the price of admission with the exception of Apollo’s Fire.

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Notes of Nature Wine Series

Holden Arboretum

Wed., Jun. 15, 2022 | 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm (+ 2 more)

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Notes of Nature Wine Series will feature wine and small bites at the Arboretum. A special ticket is necessary for the wine tasting events and can be found at holdenfg.org.  

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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.

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Spring at Holden Arboretum

Experience spring in all its beauty at the Holden Arboretum. Enjoy long hikes on one of our many trails and get in touch with nature. The gardens are awakening in the new season, and you will not want to miss it! From onsite experiences to classes and events, spring comes to life at Holden Arboretum. The Arboretum hours are Tuesday- Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The first official day of the spring season is Sunday, March 20, 2022.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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