Friendship Botanic Gardens, Michigan City

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
These historic gardens are inspired by the 1933 Century of Progress Fair in Chicago and cover land traced with trails used for hundreds of years by Native Americans. The Grounds include 105 acres of trails through the woods and open spaces with gardens, a meadow, and Lake Lucerne. The gardens are open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-6pm from May through the last weekend of October, and Weekends in April and November from 10am-4pm. Wednesdays are half price admission days. Admission is $8 for ages 13 and over. Children 12 and under are free. Memberships available for individuals or families.

Friendship Botanic Gardens are accessed by walking earthen trails and lawns. A golf cart tour is available for $25, but must be scheduled a head of time.

Friendship Botanic Gardens are also available for wedding ceremonies and receptions and other events.

We host several educational events throughout the year.

Please visit our website at for more information or call 219.878.9885.
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  • We were staying in Fennville, Michigan and I picked this place to meet my daughter and her family in Chicago which was about half way in between. We wanted to be outside in this coronavirus...  more »
  • A lovely place to walk and enjoy the outdoors . membership is very reasonable and reciprocal to many other botanic gardens. We have not been since last year due to the weather.  more »
  • I was a little taken back that there were admission prices, but after walking through and admiring it, it was well worth it. The upkeep is phenomenal, and it is a beautiful and quiet place to visit. Relaxing environment, lots of great trails to go through, incredibly fun and educational playground area for kids. I would go back for sure. Probably even worth buying a membership just for the kid's area alone. They also seem to have a wedding area and event area. Must see if you're in the area and love nature.
  • Nice little walk and cool concept, grounds were cared for but several of the areas could have used more plants. They were setting up for a weekend event while we were there. It was a nice property to wonder and would be a great place to take children especially the sensory garden area. Well manicured grass areas and paths for walking. It's a light walk very little hills or rough paths.

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