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Frequently Asked Questions#


How is The Gardens responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Gardens on Spring Creek has been working closely with the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic through social distancing measures and capped attendance. All visitors - including Members - are required to reserve admissions tickets for a specific date and time prior to arriving at The Gardens. Visit the admissions page for ticketing information. 

What are your hours?
The Gardens on Spring Creek is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The last paid entry to The Gardens is one hour prior to closing.  While walk-in admissions are accepted, we recommend reserving your tickets in advance.

Admission to the Gardens on Spring Creek includes entry into 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 10:00 a.m. and the last at 4:15 p.m. 

What does it cost to get in?
Admission rates (including the Butterfly House) are:

  • Adult: $11
  • Adult 65+ / Military: $9
  • Child (2-17 yrs.): $8
  • Student with ID: $8
  • Members are free year round

Do you offer a Group Rate? (Not applicable during winter months)
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. 

What is your holiday schedule?

  • New Year's Day - Closed
  • Martin Luther King Day - Open
  • President's Day - Open
  • Memorial Day - Open
  • Independence Day - Open
  • Labor Day - Open
  • Veteran's Day - Open
  • Thanksgiving - Closed
  • Christmas Eve *
  • Christmas Day - Closed
  • New Year's Eve - Closed

* The Gardens and Visitor's Center will be closed during the day on Christmas Eve.  Garden of Lights will be open regular hours.

Do you have a wheelchair available?
Yes, we have one wheelchair available for use on site. 

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.

Are dogs allowed at The Gardens?
No, dogs are not allowed in The Gardens. Only service animals are allowed on our grounds. 

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.

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

Do you require a photo permit?
Yes. Our Photo Policy is designed to ensure all guests – those who are taking photos and those who are not – have a positive experience during their visit. All photographers and their parties must follow our Photography Guidelines and Etiquette when on site taking photographs. We encourage visitors to take casual photographs or videos via phones or digital cameras for their own personal use. These personal photographs are not to be used for commercial purposes. Commercial photography is not permitted. All who wish to use Gardens on Spring Creek as a backdrop/setting for any portrait photography, even if the photographer is NOT a professional, must purchase/obtain a photography permit.

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 grilling or small grills allowed.  Please note that this is for daily open hours only. Special events such as concerts have separate guidelines.

What are your event, class, and camp refund policies?
The following refund policies are current for our special events, classes, and camps.

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.