Welcome to the Arnold Arboretum. Our 281-acre landscape featuring over 16,000 accessioned plants is open daily and free for all to explore. Whether coming for a stroll, on the look out for wildlife, or interested in learning the stories and science behind our plants, we have something for everyone. Explore our virtual walks, Expeditions mobile app, and digital learning resources. If you're visiting with kids, check out a variety of self-guided family activities. Not sure where to start? Our visitor center staff is here to help.
Directions & Parking
You can get to the Arboretum by subway, bus, or car. Currently, the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts have reduced public parking along the perimeter of the Arnold Arboretum to marked, handicap parking only. Get directions to our main entrance at Arborway Gate, Peters Hill, Weld Hill Building, or Dana Greenhouses.
Hours & Admissions
The Arboretum landscape is free and open every day. The visitor center is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
- Landscape Hours
- Visitor Center Hours
- Currently Closed
- Always Free
Read about the Arboretum’s response to COVID-19 and safety guidelines for visiting here. Consider avoiding the following hours of peak visitation, 4pm-7pm on weekdays and 2pm-7pm on weekends. While here, we ask that you respect each other and the landscape. Read our visitor tips and guidelines to learn about bringing your dog, hosting events, riding your bike, and more so you can plan your best visit. Please see our tick warning.
Virtual Vinyasa Yoga Class
Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a virtual vinyasa yoga class that will showcase the beautiful surroundings of the Arnold Arboretum – the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day! This virtual yoga session is part of the Conservancy's annual Summer on the Emerald Necklace event.
Experience the Arnold Arboretum’s world-class Living Collections from Director Ned Friedman’s perspective. Click here to see this tour on Arb Explorer.
Take a walk with Michael Dosmann, the Keeper of the Arboretum’s Living Collections. Click here to see this tour on Arb Explorer.
Explorers Garden Tour
This quarter-mile tour through the Explorers Garden features stories from the Arboretum’s century and a half of collecting plants around the world. Click here to take this tour on Expeditions, the Arboretum’s mobile app.
Visiting with Kids
Discover what organisms live in and around rotting logs in the North Woods with our Wonder Spot #5: Rotting Logs. Families are encouraged to explore the landscape through weekly investigations about the natural world.