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Plan Your Visit

What are your hours?
The Gardens on Spring Creek is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the winter season (December–February). The last paid entry to The Gardens is at 3 p.m. to allow ample time for visiting. While walk-in admissions are accepted, we recommend reserving your tickets in advance. Keep reading for a list of holiday closures.

Admission to the Gardens on Spring Creek includes entry to our Butterfly House. Butterfly House entry tickets are obtained upon arrival at The Gardens on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved in advance.

Timed entry to the Butterfly House occurs approximately at :00 / :15 / :30 of each hour with the first entry of the day at 10 a.m. and the last at 3:15 p.m.

What is your holiday schedule?
The Gardens on Spring Creek does not follow the City of Fort Collins holiday schedule in an effort to provide as much access to the community as possible. Our limited holiday closures include:

  • New Year's Day - Closed
  • Thanksgiving Day - Closed
  • Christmas Eve - Closed
  • Christmas Day - Closed
  • New Year's Eve - Closed

What does it cost to get in?
Admission prices are half off during winter hours. Admission includes entry to the Butterfly House.  

Winter Rates:

  • Adult: $5.50
  • Adult 65+ / Military: $4.50
  • Child (2-17): $4
  • Student with ID: $4
  • Members are free year-round

Do you offer a group rate?
Yes, groups of 10 people or more are eligible for special pricing. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Prices include $2 off admission per person. Please call Guest Services at 970.416.2486 to reserve your tickets. We require two weeks' notice for group rates.

I have recently had a hardship and can no longer afford to visit The Gardens. Can you help?
Yes, our Gardens for All program can help. We do not want any limits to hinder your ability to visit.

Does my membership at another garden get me in free to the Gardens on Spring Creek?
The Gardens on Spring Creek is a member of the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program, which entitles members of participating gardens to special admission privileges and discounts at 345+ gardens throughout North America! Reciprocal memberships are usually valid for two adult general admission tickets.

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Do you have a wheelchair available?
Yes, we have one wheelchair available for use on site on a first-come, first-served basis. The main interior loop in The Gardens is a concrete pathway and is about 0.55 mile. This pathway is wheelchair accessible. All other pathways are graded appropriately for strollers and power mobility equipment. Learn more about site accessibility.

Onsite Parking: Free parking is included in the lot off Centre Avenue. Overflow parking is also available for special events.

Bicycle Transportation: Bike gates are available in front of the Visitor Center for general Gardens admission.  During summertime special events, the gate off Spring Creek Trail is open with a larger amount of bike parking.

Is there trail access or bike access through The Gardens?
No, you can not use The Gardens as a bike-thru route for the trail. The Spring Creek Trail is easily accessible to the north of our site, but bicycles, skateboards, roller skates and scooters are not permitted within The Gardens.

Public Transportation: The Gardens on Spring Creek is located just adjacent to a bus stop and the MAX line. The Gardens is also a direct stop off the Spring Creek Trail.

Are dogs allowed at The Gardens?
No, dogs are not allowed in The Gardens. Only service animals are permitted at The Gardens. Service animals must be restrained and must remain with the owner. If a service animal interferes with other guests, corrective action may include rearranging seating or removal of the service animal from the amphitheater. Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not service animals as defined by the 2010 ADA Guidelines and are not allowed at The Gardens.

Restrooms: Men’s, women’s and family restrooms are located inside the Visitor Center, along with a water fountain and water bottle filling station.

Nursing Friendly: A private room is available for nursing. Please ask at the front desk for access.

Can we bring food and drink for a picnic during your regular hours?
Yes, you are allowed to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks into The Gardens for picnics or personal enjoyment. No outside alcohol or grilling are allowed. Please note that this is for daily open hours only. Special events such as concerts have separate guidelines.

Outside alcohol, smoking, marijuana and use of tobacco products is not allowed at The Gardens. Shirt and shoes are required for all visitors over the age of five.

Do you have a map to share of your gardens?
Yes, find it here.

The Gardens on Spring Creek is a place to enjoy beauty, learning, enrichment, escape and respite. To help everyone have a positive experience, the following guidelines are recommended:

  • Please stay on paths and mowed lawns while exploring the gardens. Please do not climb on any structures.

  • Feel free to ask questions and engage with volunteers and staff—look for the name tag.

  • Personal photo taking is encouraged! Please visit our Photography page to learn more about commercial photography.

  • Unless you are volunteering under the supervision of a Gardens staff member, please do not trim, prune or tear plants. Taking cuttings without permission from The Gardens is prohibited.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.

The Gardens on Spring Creek is a unique and beautiful location for photography. 

  • We encourage visitors to take casual photographs or videos via phones or digital cameras for personal use. However, these personal photographs may not be used for commercial purposes.

  • All professional photographers and their parties must have permission and a permit to have a photo shoot on the grounds and follow The Gardens' photography guidelines when onsite taking photographs.

Photography Guidelines and Permits

Outside alcohol, smoking, marijuana and use of tobacco products is not allowed at The Gardens. Shirts, bottoms and shoes are required for all visitors.

Open flame, glitter and balloons are not permitted at The Gardens. Service animals are welcome.