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The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland

#1 of 19 in Parks in Lake County
Must see · Hiking Trail · Garden
Covering over 3,600 acres, The Holden Arboretum is a living museum that promotes the importance of trees and woody plants. Visitors can walk through themed public gardens and explore over 20 miles of hiking trails. Picnic areas are available and a children's play area will keep the little ones entertained as they reconnect with nature. Tours and guided hikes are available and dogs on leashes are welcome.

We envision a Northeast Ohio where trees, forests and gardens provide maximum ecological and social benefits to our communities. To that end our programs and activities promote growing trees and communities, conserving native forests and engaging children with nature.
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  • Beautiful location to explore — Butterfly garden & canopy walk are highlights. Different spots shine in different seasons. Most walkways are paved. Although they advertise grab and go food, this is...  more »
  • My family and I all loved this arboretum. We visited in winter and were worried that there wouldn't be much to see but that was absolutely wrong. There was also a Stickwork exhibition by Partick...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful place. You can easily spend the whole day there. It's good for the whole family, lots spots for picnic, hiking or just sit enjoy the flowers and ponds. The view from the tower was absolutely stunning. It might not be for you if you are scared of heights. The canopy walk also nice, kids definitely will enjoy it. Overall, great experience!!!
  • We went on a week day morning while school was in session. Not crowded at all. The grounds are meticulously maintained and the trails easy to walk. I did the canopy walk. It is a triangular loop . The walkways sway gently a bit as you walk, but it gives a different perspective of the forest. I didn't do the tower, although my friends enjoyed the view and could see Lake Erie in the distance. We did see parents with strollers enjoying the park and one person in a wheelchair--some trails are paved. There was handicapped parking and the family restrooms near the visitors center were accessible although some assistance might be needed with the doors. There is a small gift shop and classrooms in the visitor center as well as a cafe. We didn't try it, we had a picnic at one of the wooden tables nearby. Dogs are welcome but cannot go on the canopy walk, tower, or in the butterfly garden. There are many benches spread throughout the park if you need to rest and helpful staff ready to help you identify a tree or flower although many are marked.

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