• What are your hours?

The Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Kentucky Children's Garden is open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission must be purchased before 4:00 p.m.

The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. The actual time of "dawn" and "dusk" varies throughout the year. 

PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING and Help keep our grounds clean by removing your trash, etc.

  • How long is the paved path?

Two miles

  • Do you allow organized walks or races at The Arboretum, e.g. a charity 5k?

Walks and races, along with other organized events, are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director.

  • Do you allow people to practice sports? 

No, organized training and other group activities that interfere with visitors’ activities are not allowed. Check Lexington Parks & Recreation for available facilities.

  • Do you have picnic tables? Can I reserve them?

Picnic tables (6) are available. They cannot be reserved. 

  • Do you have restrooms available?

Restrooms inside the Visitor Center are during regular VC hours

Outdoor Restrooms are available when The Arboretum is open (daily, from dawn to dusk)

  • Do you allow weddings?

Please visit our page about weddings at The Arboretum and review the Wedding Contract Form. Call (859) 257-6955 or stop in the Visitor Center during open hours to inquire about availability. There is a $530 charge (event plus 6% sales tax) non-refundable fee to reserve use of the grounds for weddings.

  • Am I allowed to smoke on Arboretum grounds?

Smoking is prohibited on the University of Kentucky campus. The tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or waterpipes, snus, snuff, etc.) on all grounds and parking areas and applies to all areas of the contiguous UK campus in Lexington, indoors and out.

  • Are dogs allowed at The Arboretum?

Dog are allowed on the Walk Across Kentucky paved path. They must be leashed at all times, and you are responsible for picking up and disposing of waste. Dogs are NOT ALLOWED in any garden or building, including the Kentucky Children's Garden. Seeing eye or service animals are allowed if properly marked.

  • What are the plants with red berries at the entrance?

Ilex verticillata (winterberry)

  • What activities are prohibited?
    • Collecting of any type of plant materials
    • Receptions
    • Parties
    • Dances
    • Loud music
    • Food service
    • Alcoholic beverages (It is against state law to possess or serve alcoholic beverages on University property.)
    • Alterations to Arboretum plants or grounds (this includes hanging hammocks on our trees)
    • Candles/open flames/grilling
    • Scattering of ashes
  • Are bikes allowed in The Arboretum?

Due to federal safety guidelines, The Arboretum does not allow bicycles along the Walk Across Kentucky Path. You are still allowed to ride your bike on the connector path from the Bellefonte neighborhood to our parking lot and on the entrance drive.

The Arboretum