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 tower at your leisure. You may need to wait in line, especially on busy days, as both structures have capacity limits for safety.
For the health of our visitors, we are a smoke and vapor-free environment.
Dogs are welcome, as long as you take the following precautions:
- Dogs must always be on a leash.
- Dogs are allowed in all outdoor gardens except for the Holden Wildflower Garden.
- Only working service dogs are allowed in the buildings and on the Canopy Walk or Emergent Tower
- 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 water for your pet since none is available for purchase on-site.
This varies from person to person, of course, but the average visit time is 2-3 hours.
Yes! Keep The Change Kitchen Collective from Chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice Hospitality Group has created a Grab + Go Café featuring delicious, convenient meals.
Satisfying salads and nutritious grain bowls, easy snacks, treats, and beverages will be available Thursday through Sunday, while supplies last.
On days where Grab + Go is not stocked, vending machines are also available inside the Corning Visitor Center during public open hours.
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.
Due to continued COVID-19 pandemic protocols limiting large gatherings, many of our traditional events will not be offered this season.
Yes! Upon entry, there are a number of parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities in the first bay of our paved lot.
Benches are located throughout the gardens for any of our guests who would like a place to sit and rest.
The following gardens have complete or partially-paved paths that work well for those use a wheelchairs or with a walker. All other paths and trails 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), completely wheelchair accessible to the first platform. The remaining suspension bridges and platforms are wide enough for only some wheelchairs. Please visit the Corning Visitor Center to ask for a special parking permit if you’re unable to make the walk to the structures.
Yes, we do have a complimentary wheelchair available for guests to use on a first-come first-serve basis, though availability isn’t guaranteed. A valid photo ID is required to check it out.
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 make sure our trees remain healthy and beautiful to contribute to research, learning, and enjoyment for years to come.
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 one-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.
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.
Both properties are located outside the Arboretum core and inaccessible to guests. Hikes to these locations are sometimes available as part of our educational class schedule, check here to see what classes and hikes are available at the moment.
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 individual-level 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 email@example.com at any time.
For emergencies, call Holden Arboretum Police Department directly at (440) 478-1291.