Visiting Holden Arboretum
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I still need reservations to come into the Arboretum?
While reservations are not required, the easiest and most convenient way to visit starts with purchasing your ticket online. Click here to buy your tickets.
Do I need tickets or reservations to visit the Murch Canopy Walk or Kalberer Emergent Tower?
Nope! Once you have checked in at the gatehouse entry point, you are free to roam the gardens and trails, and may visit the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower at your leisure.
You may visit the structures up until 15 minutes before Arboretum closing. Those final 15 minutes of the day are needed for guests to vacate and staff to close and secure the structures.
You may need to wait in line, especially on busy days, as both structures have capacity limits for safety.
Restrooms are available in Corning Visitor Center, and will be open during all public hours and, for members, between 7:30 a.m. and sunset. This restroom is accessible to our guests using a wheelchair.
Restrooms in the Thayer Center building, located next door to the Corning Visitor Center, are on the lower level and open during public hours.
For the health of our visitors, we are a smoke-free and vapor-free environment.
Dogs are welcome, following these precautions:
- Dogs must always be on a leash.
- Dogs are allowed in all outdoor gardens.
- Only working service dogs are allowed in the buildings and on the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower. For the safety of all passengers, dogs may not ride on tram vehicles.
- Don’t forget to pick up after them! “Mutt Mitts” are available at a few locations on site (please also bring your own waste bags), and trash cans are accessible throughout the property.
- Bring a water container for your pup – it may be filled at the water fountain in the visitor center.
How long does it take to see the Arboretum?
This varies from person to person, of course, but the average visit time is 2-3 hours.
Are food and/or water available for purchase?
Yes! Chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice Hospitality Group has created a Grab + Go Café featuring delicious, convenient food.
Easy snacks, treats, and beverages (sparkling water & canned spring water) are available during open hours in the Corning Visitor Center. Fresh salads and fruit/veggie snacks are now available!
On days when Grab + Go is sold out or not stocked, vending machines are also available inside the Corning Visitor Center during public open hours.
Are there picnic tables available on site?
Yes, the Arboretum picnic area is located between Corning Visitor Center and the trailhead. Picnic tables and charcoal grills (bring your own supplies) are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Will you offer concerts or wine and beer tasting this season?
The Arboretum has a calendar of great events planned in the coming year. Be sure to check out our events page to learn about events and exhibits coming up this season at both of our campuses.
Yes! From May through October, tours will run on a weekly schedule. Check our Tram Tours page for more details on schedule, accessibility, and how to purchase tickets.
Is the Arboretum accessible to people with mobility or physical disabilities?
Yes! There are a number of ways we’re working to make our grounds accessible to our guests who may find special adaptations useful.
Upon entry, there are several parking spaces reserved for guests with disabilities in the first bay of our paved lot.
Electric scooters are available for a daily rental fee of $20, and complimentary manual wheelchairs are also available. Both may be checked out at the desk in the Corning Visitor Center.
Benches are located throughout the gardens and grounds to provide ample opportunity for resting and recharging.
Guided tram tours of the grounds are ticketed and offered in May through October. It’s a great option for those who want to see the grounds but aren’t up for a long walk.
The following gardens have complete or partially-paved paths that work well for many folks using a wheelchairs or walker. All other paths and trail surfaces are unpaved gravel or moderate woodland terrain.
- Corning Visitor Center and parking lot
- Display Garden (0.1 mi from visitor center)
- Norweb Tree Allée (0.3 mi from visitor center)
- Layer Rhododendron Garden (0.5 mi from visitor center), partially paved
- Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden (0.4 mi from visitor center)
- Corning Lake (0.4 mi from visitor center), paved patio area with seating
- Murch Canopy Walk (0.7 mi from visitor center), the stretch from the nearest paved path to Canopy Walk ramp has loose gravel and may be more challenging to navigate using a mobility device. Canopy Walk itself is wheelchair accessible to the first platform. At 36 inches wide, the remaining suspension bridges and platforms are wide enough for some wheelchairs. Please call or visit the Corning Visitor Center with any questions, or to ask for a parking permit for closer parking if you’re unable to make the walk out to the structures.
Can I rent a scooter or wheelchair to use while I’m there?
Yes, both are available on a first-come, first-served basis from guest services staff in the Corning Visitor Center and require a valid photo ID to check out.
- Electric scooters: $20 for all-day use
- Wheelchairs: Complimentary
Scooters and wheelchairs may be used on any paved or gravel surface; woodland trails are not accessible using either type of vehicle.
Can I climb trees on the property?
We ask our guests (even the littlest ones) to refrain from climbing the trees. Unlike your local park, the Holden Arboretum is a living museum, which means that many of the trees and plants you see on site are part of our scientific collection.
Climbing can badly damage branches, and we want to ensure our trees remain healthy and beautiful to contribute to research, learning, and enjoyment for years to come.
What’s fun for my kids to do here?
Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods is located 0.5 miles from the visitor center, and has a variety of nature play activities for kids to climb, build, and imagine.
The two-story observation tower at Buttonbush Bog is also a great alternative for little ones who need a little practice before they can handle all the steps on our Emergent Tower.
Can I take my wedding/engagement/senior/family/prom photos at the Arboretum?
Yes, we’d love to help you celebrate your special occasion! A photography permit is required for both amateur and professional special-occasion photography – you or your photographer can find out more about details and pricing here.
Can I hike at Stebbins Gulch or Little Mountain?
Both properties are located outside the Arboretum core and inaccessible to guests. Hikes to these locations are often part of our educational class schedule, check here to see what classes and hikes are available at the moment.
If I have a great time during my visit, can I convert my paid tickets into a membership?
Absolutely! You may do so up to a week after your visit – stop into the visitor center or call (440) 946-4400 and the guest services team can help you out with this. Please note that you may apply only as many tickets as the membership would cover (for example, one ticket may be applied to an HF&G 1 membership). Learn more about membership benefits here!
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If you have a question or need assistance during your visit, please call (440) 946-4400 or stop into the visitor center and a team member will be happy to assist you. You may also direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
For emergencies, call Holden Arboretum Police Department directly at (440) 478-1291.