Located in Iowa's beautiful Boone County the Iowa Arboretum makes 378 acres of bushes, trees, shrubs and flowers available to the public for no entry fee. It is open from sunrise to sunset year round which means it is always a good time to visit. As the Arboretum's site says this is a fascinating living museum that is home to a wonderful variety of plant life which you can enjoy on their hiking trails. It makes for a tranquil place to relax and enjoy with your kids.
Things to Do
- Tours of the Arboretum which cover the facility's history and its major garden are available for $5 per person. You need to pre-register to secure your place on the tour. This can be done by calling 515-795-3216 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Transport around the grounds can be organized for those with walking difficulties.
- When you visit make sure to stop into the Arboretum's gift shop. There are plenty of things here that nature lovers will absolutely adore! It is usually closed on Saturdays and Sundays but is sometimes opened through the weekend for special events.
Iowa Arboretum Insider Tips
- The Arboretum is a dog friendly facility which allows you to bring your dog along once they remain on a leash for the full duration of your visit. They also ask that you pick up after your dog and provide a pooch post on the southwest corner of the parking lot.
- Volunteers are needed throughout the year for indoor and outdoor jobs so if you are interested in helping out sign up!
- Keep track of where you are with the Arboretum's grounds map.