University of Kentucky Arboretum

Lexington, KY

Where are we going?

University of Kentucky Arboretum
25 Commonwealth St
KY 40503


What is there to do?

You don't need to leave a city to immerse yourself in a nature filled family day out! Just head to the University of Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky Arboretum has been giving family's beautiful nature to enjoy since 1991. It spans over 100 acres of beautiful year round plants and colors - all ready to be marveled at by yourselves!

They have created a space where you can feel like you are escaping into a paradise. The gardens are popular with the kids because they have a place where they can enjoy a large and diverse collection of plants and flowers from all around the world.

The Rose Garden is a beautiful and peaceful showcase for many types of roses (you will be surprised how many there are!) and the Fragrance Garden is small, but an amazing area for kids to explore with their wooden columns covered in climbing roses, and winding trails.

Just stand there and take a deep might be in for a treat!

Most popular of all for the kids, of course, is the Kentucky Children's Garden! This 1.85 acre site at the Arboretum is an outdoor learning environment designed JUST for those little green thumbs aged 2 to 10 years to learn all about plants and the environment.

There are a number of "child-scaled" theme gardens, as well as garden-like elements for their essential play. There are even gardens planted and maintained by children themselves!

Nature is amazing, and at the University of Kentucky Arboretum you can get right up close to it!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free, but children's garden $2

Children: Same as adult

Free Under: 2 years for children's garden


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to see the accessibility of the grounds!


When can we go?

Dusk until dawn. Children's garden: 10am - 5pm Wed to Sat / 1pm - 5pm Sun

All year round


Any top tips?

Dogs are allowed on the paved pathways, but must remain on a leash at all times

Healthy Eating

They have picnic tables available on a first come first serve basis so why not bring your own healthy lunch and enjoy it under the sun! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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