National Parks / Natural World
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Chaska
Where is it at?
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr
Tel: 952 443 1400
Where are we going today?
There is something wonderful about stepping outside and breathing that first breath in, and feeling the sun and breeze on your skin....feeling the soft grass under your feet as you step barefoot on the lawn.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a peaceful, fun and great way for the whole family to get out into nature!
There are great interactive exhibits, informative touch screen kiosks so you can learn all about the nature you are enjoying, and a beautiful teaching garden.
The Marion Andrus Learning Center, features A Growing Place for Kids, which hosts year-round family programs and classes, as well as children's garden and summer camp programs, which will really teach children not only about nature and how it's important, but WHY it's important.
Outside the center there is a natural style physical play area also good for imagination and role play, where they can run, hide, climb and enjoy nature.
There is also a very fascinating sensory garden which may be of particular interest to those with young children and children with additional needs. What do the flowers smell like? Do they petals feel soft? Or prickly? It's a great way for kids to really get to know and understand nature.
There are guided, self guided and tram tours available here, the latter at additional charge. Plus seasonally you can enjoy cross country walks and snowshoe trails so it's not just a summer experience, which a lot of families think parks will be! Parks in the wintertime are just as magical!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$12 (ages 13 and up)
- Free Under: 12 years
When can we go?
Times vary for each area in the grounds. Grounds open 8am - 8pm (Sunset in early spring / late fall
Open 363 days a year. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Arboretum Restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the Oswald Visitor Center. Enjoy tasty sandwiches, soups, salads and bakery items for lunch, and if you fancy a fine dining gourmet dinner then you don't have to go far! The restaurant also hold delicious Sunday brunches over winter, traditional tea times and themed brunches for the holidays!.
Any Top Tips?
There is free entry Thursday all day from November through to May, and from April to October it's free after 4pm every third Thursday of the month!.
Doing our bit
All of the buildings have been environmentally planned and designed, so it's certainly worth learning about while you're there because they have really taken into account looking after the environment. .
Can I get one of those?
If you do take something home, you will be supporting talented local artists! Jewelry, entertaining children's books, and beautiful painting and photography can all be taken home and enjoyed!.
What people are saying?
by Hemant Tiwari
We visited the Arboretum in early June.
The garden is well laid out and well maintained. We walked through many sections of the park. You can take your car on the 3 mile drive and visit many more beautiful areas, or you could walk all the way too. You can plan your visit by visiting their website and checking out which flowers are in bloom.
There is a good restaurant too if you need a bite. Overall one of the best gardens i have visited.
I am a member and I absolutely love this place. I have spent many hours walking the grounds and taking photos here. I have lived in several different regions of the country and this is the best arboretum I have ever been to. It just gets better every year.
by Dale Brose
If you appreciate the outdoors and enjoy learning a little bit about it. Do the Arboretum at least once. Many activities here. A nice destination in the cities.
by Javier Barberena
Wonderful Place to Bring Visitor. If you are into gardening or not, the arboretum is a great place to bring friends or relatives from out of town. There is always something blooming and the art work is something to see
by Derek Jacobi Danley
Amazing place that's built for making memories!