Plan Your Visit

Our gardens and natural areas are open free of charge, year round from dawn to dusk. The Nevin Welcome Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. When the Nevin Welcome Center is closed, portable restrooms are available near the parking lot. Read our visitor requirements.

Parking: Parking is available throughout our grounds. Many areas require payment by meter, mobile-payment, and/or Cornell University permit and are enforced by Cornell Parking and Transportation. Use our interactive map to locate where to park and associated restrictions and payment information.

Plan Your Visit

Get Started in the Welcome Center

You will find interpretive exhibits, a reception desk, and fully accessible restrooms. Surrounding the welcome center are over a dozen specialty gardens that hold a large part of our cultivated plant collection.

Explore the Nevin Welcome Center

Our Gardens and Natural Areas

Cornell Botanic Gardens is a living museum with a mature botanic garden and arboretum—part of what makes Cornell one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere.

We steward over 3,600 acres of biologically diverse landscapes that represent the full range of ecological communities found in the Finger Lakes region.

Explore Gardens Explore Natural Areas

Get the Lay of the Land

Check out our interactive Garden Map, which locates our natural areas, gardens, waterfalls, overlooks, outdoor sculpture, and more.

Explore Map

Visitor FAQ

Review Visitor FAQs to make the most of your visit.


View upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.


Our welcome center, gardens and natural areas have varying surfaces, slopes, and levels of access.