Things to see and do

From gorge hikes to garden strolls, Cornell Botanic Gardens is yours to explore. To make the most of your visit, browse seasonal highlights, suggested experiences, and upcoming events.

Hours and Admission: Our gardens and natural areas are open free of charge, year round from dawn to dusk. The Nevin Welcome Center is open Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Getting Here

Seasonal Highlights

Young Flower Garden

Explore a collection of flowering plants that hold symbolic meaning by cultures around the world.

Houston and Grossman Ponds

Houston and Grossman ponds, located in the heart of the arboretum, were created in the early 1980’s to add an aquatic ecosystem to our collections.

Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve

Explore lake cliffs, forests, shrub thickets, meadows, and a gorge with a 35’ high waterfall.

What’s in Bloom

Depending on the time of year, find out which areas are at their peak and plants we don’t want you to miss.

Explore Our Plants

Suggested Experiences

View recommendations for ways to experience Cornell Botanic Gardens that match your interests and time frame.

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Upcoming Events

Find out what's happening during your visit. We offer guided tours, gardening workshops, botanical art classes, lectures, and special events throughout the year.

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MORE FOR YOUR VISIT

Group Tours

Bring your class, garden club, civic organization or other group and explore our gardens and landscapes with a guided tour.

See Ithaca and Cornell

Cornell Botanic Gardens is part of one of America's most beautiful and renowned university campuses.

Food & Accommodations

What's available on site and in walking distance of the Nevin Welcome Center.