Friendship Botanic Gardens will open to the public beginning this Friday, May 1.

April 29, 2020

Being in nature is good for the mind, body and spirit. While there may be uncertainty in the world right now, one alternative escape is to go for a walk, hike or jog on three miles of guided and wooded trails at the Gardens. 

Friendship Botanic Gardens, which are tucked throughout the valley of Trail Creek, include forested woodlands, sprawling open meadows, and several cultivated gardens. 

Garden visitors must respect the following guidelines that have been put in place for the safety of the community. Guests who pay daily admission must pay via credit or debit card only, as there will be no cash transactions. Upon arrival at the Welcome Cabin, please call the office to make your transaction over the phone. To ensure the safety of Garden employees and guests, all transactions will take place over the phone until further notice to prevent the spread of germs. 

Maps will be available outside of the Welcome Cabin or may be found on the Garden website. 

While walking on the main paths and wooded trails, it is important to practice social distancing at all times. It is also recommended to bring personal sanitary items, such as hand sanitizer and wipes; it is also important to avoid touching any objects (railings, signs, etc.) unless absolutely necessary. 

The ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden and the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte Fitness Garden remain closed until further notice to prevent the spread of germs on commonly touched areas, following CDC recommendations. Dogs on leashes are always welcome; please continue to pick up after them. 

Please continue to support the Gardens by renewing expired memberships online. 

The Gardens will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily admission (Tuesday-Sunday) is $9; seniors, $7; however, on Thursdays, admission to the Gardens is $5 for everyone. Children 12 and under are free everyday; active duty military are free everyday, too, and must show ID. 

Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360. For more information call (219) 878-9885 or visit

Did you know that you can get 10% off memberships and gate fees with a Dig the Dunes Dunie membership? More info here. (just $15 through April 30).



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