Northeast Ohio is a beautiful place to visit. I grew up there in the East Suburbs of Cleveland and was able to spend a weekend there with my parents exploring the newly restored Holden Arboretum. We used to take field trips to the arboretum in elementary school and I don't think I have been back since then. I was so excited to make a trip back to this amazing woodland park and see all the cool new features available for guests. I also think it would make the perfect fall activity for a nice autumn weekend.
The Holden Arboretum is one of the largest Arboretums and botanical gardens in the US, comprising over 3600 acres. There are various gardens, groves and hikes you can explore around the property as well as a canopy tour and observation tower. My parents and I took our time wondering through the woods and climbing up the Emergent Tower to gaze out over the cities all the way to Lake Erie. It was so cool to see the area where I grew up from such a high vantage point.
There are a ton of beautiful gardens, trees and ponds to explore, You could easily spend hours just photographing the buds and birds and getting lost on the various paths and trails. We stumbled upon bush after bush of flora and I could not believe how large some of these plants get when left to grow!
The Murch Canopy Walk is 500 feet long and sits 65 feet above the forest floor. I thoroughly enjoyed the canopy walk (my first one ever) as it provided unique views of the trees and animals and tons of fun as my parents and I bounced along it. I am so glad that I took the time to explore the park again with parents and highly suggest making a trip to the Arboretum if you are in the Cleveland area. Although the Arboretum is open all year round, the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower will be open daily until Nov. 1 from 9am to 5pm and open for the first three weekends in November – Nov. 4 & 5, 11 & 12 and 18 & 19, from 10am-4pm with ticket sales stopping at 3pm. The structures will then be closed for the season from Nov. 20 through March 31. Get there soon if you can!
Until next time!
~ A ~