The Kentucky Children’s Garden is open Wednesday through Saturday!

The Nature Center and Log Cabin are closed to visitors until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


July 1 through October 30, 2021
Wednesday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Admission sales start at 9 am in the Visitor Center
Admission sales end at 4 pm 
Please note that while admission sales start at 9 am, the garden opens at 10 am. 

Admission Fees

Must be purchased in the Visitor Center (9a-4p)- YOU MUST WEAR A MASK TO ENTER VISITOR CENTER

$3  per person (applies to everyone ages 2 and above--children under 2 years receive FREE admission)

$10 for a family of 4 or 5 people

$50 for a 2021 season membership (up to 5 people per visit)

Season Membership

Season membership sales will start July 1 in the Visitor Center.
Bring your 2019 membershp card and receive $5 off a 2021 season membership.
Bring your current Arboretum Friends member card and receive a 10% discount on a 2021 season membership!
Must show current Friends card to receive discount. 

Small Groups

Groups such as a preschools, single classes, summer camps or church groups of less than 30 people are welcome to come to the Kentucky Children’s Garden during normal operating hours. Small groups are SELF-GUIDED and must preregister. Admission cost is $3 per person. This charge is applicable to both students and adults. We do not offer family discounts for small groups. Please click here to read more about our small group policy or to register your group.

Covid-19 Guidance:

  • If you have been vaccinated, UK policy does not require you to wear a mask or face covering. 
  • If you have not been vaccinated, UK policy requires you to wear a face covering or mask when you are inside the Visitor Center and when you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others (visitors and staff).
  • Stay home and do not visit if you are sick or display COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, dry couch, or tiredness.
  • Stay home and do not visit if you have been exposed to someone who had COVID-19 in the past two weeks. 
  • Please respect others who are practiving social distancing while you are at The Arboretum and in the KCG. 
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 second before you visit the KCG. 

Train Hours

Daily: 11:30 am-12:30 pm; 1:30-2:30 pm; and 3:30-4:30pm.

Educational Programing

A station with educational activities will be available from 10 am - 12 noon. One family at a time, please!

Wondering if we are closed due to weather?

Check our Facebook Page for updates: Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. 

Hours of operation are subject to change without notice.