Visiting Holden Arboretum

Plan Your Visit

Holden Forests & Gardens takes pride in connecting people with the wonder, beauty, and immense value of trees and plants.

This campus, located east of Cleveland, sprawls over an enchanting expanse of land in Lake and Geauga Counties and offers gardens, trails, lakes and meadows.

Plus, entry to iconic attractions such as the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower are included with your membership or general admission.

We’re open year-round, rain or shine—so plan your visit, and we’ll see you soon.

Trail and activity updates

The new South Stairway is now open, and the Molly Offutt Boardwalk at the bottom of the Stairway is now open. Please use caution, it is very slippery in wet weather.

Old Valley Trail is now fully open! This trail can be accessed directly from the Woodland Trail or from the south end of the Molly Offutt Boardwalk.

Pierson Creek Trail has been closed permanently due to safety concerns.

Hours

  • Tuesdays – Sundays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
  • Mondays: Closed to public, Member-only access using member gate.
  • Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower are closed for the season and will reopen in April.

Though we’re open rain or shine, please take the weather forecast into account when purchasing your tickets online. All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Admission

Tickets are required for admission to the Holden Arboretum. The easiest and most convenient way to visit starts with purchasing your tickets online – buy your tickets here.

  • Adults: $20
  • Children (3 – 12 years old): $14
  • Children (2 and under): Free
  • Members are always free

Discounts

Discounts are available for active-duty military members, veterans, and Museums for All (SNAP, EBT, WIC & Medicaid participants; service-connected veterans).

  • Seniors (60+) $12 (Tuesdays only)
  • Group discount (10+ adults): 25% discount on regular admission
  • Museums for All: $1
  • Veterans and active-duty military: 50% discount on regular admission

Discount tickets may be purchased on site or in advance by calling our Guest Services team at 440. 946.4400 during business hours.

Learn about our offerings for school-age and college groups here.

Holden Arboretum offers reciprocal admission benefits to over 345 participating gardens, arboreta & conservatories throughout North America (via the American Horticultural Society). Learn more.

Members

Members have dawn-to-dusk access to the Holden Arboretum. When utilizing this member benefit, please note the following:

  • Please remember to bring your membership card to check in; members will need to proceed through the main gate during public hours.
  • Arboretum core access is permitted outside public hours: before 8:45 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. Please use the code found on the back of your membership card to access the keypad that will open the gate.
  • The Arboretum is open to members on Mondays via the member lane using the gate code listed on the back of your membership card. Restrooms will be open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset, but Corning Visitor Center, Murch Canopy Walk, and Kalberer Emergent Tower will all be closed on Mondays.
  • Members may access the following locations: Fisherman’s Pond, the Conifer Collection, and Working Woods. Gate locks open using the 4-digit member gate code.

Tram Tours

First-time guest and want to learn more about the Arboretum? Long-time patron and you’d like to sit back and enjoy the campus from a different angle? Our Highlights Tram Tours provide guests of all ages and mobility levels a chance to discover selected gardens and collections, and learn a little history at the same time. Tours run May through October.

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Directions and Parking

Our address is: Warren H. Corning Visitor Center or the Katharine Holden Thayer Center, at 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio.

Driving directions

All visitors should enter through the Main Entrance and park in the Main Parking lot only.

*Tip: Exit at 193 (Route 306) rather than Exit 195 (Route 615). You’ll avoid hills that can be tough to maneuver.

To reserve a bus rental to the Holden Arboretum, contact National Charter Bus Cleveland at 1-844-755-0510 or GOGO Charters Cleveland at 1-216-916-6616. Browse through their field trip bus rentals and group transportation services offered for your group trip or private event.

Grab + Go Café

Spice Hospitality Group has created a Grab + Go café featuring delicious, convenient meals in the Holden Arboretum Visitor Center. Satisfying salads , easy snacks, treats, and beverages are available for purchase.

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COVID-19 Guidelines

UPDATE: Consistent with the new guidelines communicated by the Centers for Disease Control on 2/25/22, we will no longer require face masks to be worn onsite by our staff and guests. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, the safety and comfort of our guests is a top priority.

Additional guidelines for visiting

  • All dogs must be kept on leashes. Please pick up after them!
  • Only trained service dogs are allowed in buildings and on the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.
  • Balls, Frisbees, and kites are not allowed on the property.
  • Enjoy a picnic in our picnic area, but please do not bring alcohol.
  • Members are welcome to participate in catch-and-release fishing in Corning Lake, Hourglass Pond, Foster’s Pond and Fisherman’s Pond. To protect our aquatic habitats, fishing must be done from the bank – wading is prohibited.
  • Absolutely no littering.
  • Lawful concealed carry of a weapon is allowed on the property with a valid concealed carry permit, but may not be brought into any buildings.

For your safety and the well-being of our plants and trees, climbing or swinging from branches is strictly prohibited. Thanks for helping to protect the beautiful grounds

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All patrons entering the premises voluntarily assume all risks and dangers incidental to admission and/or any event, and waives and releases all claims against the Holden Arboretum, its affiliated companies, partners, joint ventures, representatives, members, designees, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, attorneys, agents, successors, and assigns. Admission is subject to compliance with all laws and facility rules and the patron consents to reasonable examinations and searches to ensure

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