Due to the extreme heat predicted for Thursday, July 18, our upcoming Sanimax Concert featuring the Erin Krebs Quintet will be held indoors. Chairs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family Fun

Fun and adventure for the whole family.

Bringing the kids for a day outdoors? Only have an hour or so to spare? We’ve got you covered! Use this custom guide along with your Garden map for a quick tour.

Herbs & Fairies

Walk down through the Larsen Orchard Remnant (5). How many birds are chirping in the trees? Can you spot a chipmunk, a squirrel or even a toad?

Then, stop for a moment in the Herb Display Gardens (6) and the Fairy Garden. Smell a peppermint plant, listen for buzzing bees near the Pollinator Garden bed and see if you can find a magical fairy or two.

Nielsen Children’s Garden

Continue down the hill. You’ll pass by the Daylily Display Garden (8) (usually in bloom in July!), pet some fuzzy lamb’s ear along the way and walk through the Meyer Bridge (9) to get to the Nielsen Children’s Garden (12).

  • Stop on the Dragonfly Bridge and look in the Fischer Pond (11). How many koi fish do you see? What colors are they?
  • Search for Peter Rabbit hiding in Mr. McGregor’s Garden.
  • Find your way through the maze, get a bird’s eye view from the tree house and glide down the slide.
  • Don’t forget to water the animals in the Wetting Zoo, too!
little girl smiling with butterfly

PC: John Oates Photography

Butterflies & Blooms

Once you’re all done in the Nielsen Children’s Garden, head to the left to experience our summer exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms (13). Look at the butterflies fluttering all around you, learn how they make your food, and look for butterflies and bees sitting on flowers outside the butterfly house.

Need a drink of water or a bathroom break? The Stumpf Hobbit House (14) is directly across from the butterfly house.


It’s time to head back to the Fischer Visitor Center (1). You have three path options:

  • Head back the way you came.
  • Walk up the blacktop hill and through the Kress Oval Garden (21).
  • Take the mulch path to check out the fresh veggies in the Partnership Gardens (18). From there, you’ll stroll the Schneider Family Grand Garden (34).

More Things to Do

Once you re-enter the Fischer Visitor Center, don’t forget to head downstairs to the lower level for a butterfly-themed activity. Interactive butterfly-themed programs, outdoor summer concerts, classes and drop-in activities like family nature hikes, Seeds to Snacks and discovery stations are just a few of the many family-friendly activities to do this summer at the Garden. And don’t forget to look ahead at summer camps!

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