Today kicks off the first holiday weekend of summer! If you’re looking for something unique to do, check out Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio. It’s the perfect place to take the whole family (pup included) for a picnic and to spend some time in the great outdoors.
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Last week I ran out to Holden Arboretum to see the Stickworks display. It had been on my list since opening last summer but I never made it out there last fall.
Holden Arboretum was lucky enough to receive a stickwork sculpture by Patrick Dougherty late last summer. While his work can be viewed in over 300 locations world wide, this exhibit is a first for Northeast Ohio!
Using only natural materials, Mr. Doughery, his son and a team of volunteers worked for about a month to build this impressive structure. It will remain on display for at least one year, or until it deteriorates naturally.
Other Top Sights at Holden Arboretum
- The Emergent Tower. Climb 202 steps to the top of this 120-foot structure and you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the lands surrounding Holden as well as Lake Erie. While it is particularly stunning in the fall as the leaves, change, the views are worth the climb nearly any time of year.
- Murch Canopy Walk. Immerse yourself in the forest on the 500 foot long elevated walkway known as the Murch Canopy Walk. It’s amazing what birds and creatures you’ll spy from this vantage point. A much-loved attraction of children and adults alike!
- The Butterfly Garden. Located next to the main Corning Visitor Center, this area will teach you why pollinators are important and you will learn what types of plants attract them.
- The Rhododendron Garden. I was fortunate to catch many of these showy plants in full bloom during my visit! Several varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas, and other plants are nestled among massive oaks and hickory trees.
- Eight different hiking trails, a lake, and six-plus ponds are located throughout the property. Members can enjoy catch & release fishing at Corning Lake, Hourglass Pond, Foster’s Pond, and Fisherman’s Pond.
Holden Arboretum Fast Facts
Holden Arboretum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM. Timed entry-reservations are required for those without Holden Forests & Gardens/ Cleveland Botanical Garden memberships. The last reservation is for one hour before close. Adult admission is $15, children 3-12 are $10, and children under 3 are free.
The Corning Visitor Center offers restrooms, an information desk, a small gift shop, and a library. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of exploring with your whole family!
- Leashed dogs are welcome to outdoor areas. Only service dogs are permitted in buildings and on structures.
- Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and vaping are prohibited.
- Face coverings are required indoors, on the canopy walk/tower, and when you are within 6′ of other guests or staff. NOTE: This policy is changing as Ohio guidelines change. See the website for the most updated information.
Enjoy the holiday weekend and welcome the official start of the summer season! Until next time,