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 closed until further notice and restrooms are not available. Read our visitor requirements.

Getting Here

Seasonal Highlights

Lick Brook

Long appreciated as one of Ithaca's most beautiful wooded gorges and for its cascading series of waterfalls.

Newman Overlook

One of the highest points at Cornell Botanic Gardens and on campus, Newman Overlook provides a wondrous view of both the arboretum.

Bioswale Garden

Perennials, grasses, and trees here filter runoff from the parking lot before it flows into Beebe Lake.

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.

View all Experiences

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.

View Events

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.