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3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Admission: $15.00
16+: $15.00; 15 and under: Free
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Tue. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Wed. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Thu. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Fri. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Sat. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Sun. 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Visitor Center & Snyder Building 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, contains more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota. Anne’s family picks there top 10 Things For Kids at the Landscape Arboretum.

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Online Fun From the Arboretum

Kids can visit the Children at the Arb web page to find FREE activities to do at home, including coloring pages, weekly nature crafts and story times on Thursdays, weekly PlantMaker Studio at Home activities, as well as activity kits families can purchase.

The Arboretum offers some of the BEST Free coloring pages!

Two of my favorites are the Flora & Fauna Coloring Pages and the Botanical Coloring Pages. Small kids, who may not be ready to draw on their own, can start their own botanical notebooks with these coloring pages.

Newly added are the Seed Packet Coloring Pages, which would be great for making your own garden markers for seeds you are starting indoors. You could also use the envelopes the seeds come in, but these are pretty and vintage and give your kids a fun extra activity.

Kid-Friendly Fun at the Arb

Fall AppleHouse & North Star Donuts

The AppleHouse opens in the fall when apples ripen through December.  Families can buy fresh apples, cider, pies and mini donuts.

Children’s Book Section at Andersen Horticultural Library

The Arboretum’s Andersen Horticultural Library has a children’s section featuring beautiful kid-friendly books highlighting nature in all seasons. Take a break from the outdoors when visiting the Arboretum by finding the perfect spot for reading in the library.

StoryTime at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The library hosts StoryTime on Thursday mornings at 10:30am. Stories will reflect the seasons and nature. Arboretum admission is charged for these events. If you plan to bring your preschooler(s) to this event often, a $60 solo membership will cover your own admission for the year and kids are always free.

Pods for Preschool Program at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The arboretum offers a Tuesday morning parent/child preschool program. Sessions run for 10 weeks and are $120 members/$140 non-members. These programs have limited spaces.  Each week kids will participate in activities such as planting, art, sensory and science, discovery zones, action and music, story time, Green Play Yard adventures, greenhouse exploration and snack. Parents should plan to participate with their child. Non-participating siblings can attend for free, but each participating child must be registered. Learn more here.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Homeschool Days

Whether you home-school or not, families can participate in Homeschool Days (although you’ll have to pull the kids out of school if you don’t home-school). Registration costs $10.00 for individual students with discounts for members. However, these events are always held on 3rd Mondays, so gate admission is waived. These educational enrichment experiences include hands-on interactive science. Classes can be registered for individually. Please pre-register.

Arboretum Summer Camps & Children’s Garden

The Arboretum posts its summer programs in mid-December and they open for registration in early January. Learn more about summer programs here. Camps are offered for the following age categories:

Ages 5 – 7
Ages 7 – 9
Ages 9 – 11
Ages 12 – 15 (CIT program)

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Discount tips:

Membership. Remember that kids (15 and under) are always free, so you don’t need a family membership.

  • A duo membership is $100. This is best if you are planning mostly family visits on the weekends. The duo membership will have paid for itself in 4 family visits.
  • A solo membership is only $60. This would be great for a stay-at-home parent who wants to attend the story times. This membership also pays for itself in 4 visits.
  • Dog Memberships are $50. This is one of the few times when kids are cheaper than dogs, because a dog membership is an additional $50 added to whichever level you choose.
  • If you have older teens, there are also Duo+2 memberships available for $125. If you have one teen the additional fee will be paid for in two visits or in one visit if you have two teens. That’s a pretty good add on deal.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

New Arb Bike Trail

Beginning in July of 2021, bicyclists and walkers can bike through the arboretum and can purchase admission with a smart phone. Bicyclist/pedestrian admission is $12 for non members. This bike path connects to the Highway 5 Regional Bike Trail. Learn more here.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Bike Trail - Planned for summer of 2021

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Map

Download a PDF map of the Arboretum grounds or use this cool interactive map that let’s you know what’s in bloom during your visit so you can plan your walks accordingly.

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Arboretum Light Show
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