The KY Children's Garden is closed for the 2022 season. Come visit us when we open for the 2023 season on Saturday April 1, 2023!*

*Weather permitting


Cost: $4.00 per person for everyone age 2 and above (children under 2 years old are free)

Children must be present with an adult to purchase KCG admission (per safety guidelines)

Train Hours

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Education Programming 

During our season of operation, we offer educational programming each day we are open.

Wondering if we are closed due to weather? 

For everyone's safety, we close the garden during inclement weather. We will close the Kentucky Children's Garden for any of the following reasons:

  • Thunder or lightning (we will close for 30 minutes after we hear thunder or see lightning)
  • Hard rain
  • Temperatures below 40 degrees
  • Temperatures below 50 degrees combined with rain
  • Heat index above 102 degrees

During our season of operation, you can check our Facebook Page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. 

COVID-19 Policy for the Kentucky Children's Garden

  • Mask are not required in the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center
  • Mask are not required for anyone outdoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay at home and do not visit if you are sick or display COVID‐19 symptoms such as fever, dry cough, or tiredness. ​
  • Stay at home and do not visit if you have been exposed to someone who had COVID‐ 19 in the last two weeks. ​
  • Please respect others who are practicing social distancing while you are at The Arboretum and in the KCG. ​
  • Please regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds if you visit the KCG.

Small Groups

We welcome small groups such as a preschools, single classes, summer camps or church groups of less than 30 or 50 people (see schedule below) to visit during our season of operation during normal operating hours. Small groups are SELF-GUIDED and must pre-register. Admission charges of $4 per person (everyone age two and above) apply to both students and adults. We do not offer discounts for small groups.

Spring (when Fayette County Schools are in session) - Small groups are limited to 50 people

Summer (when Fayette County schools are not in session) - Small groups limited to 30 people

Autumn (when Fayette County Schools are in session) - Small groups are limited to 50 people

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