Need some winter beauty? Arboretum offers free admission through January

  • Article by: PAMELA MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Enjoy the sights – indoors and out– and free admission at the Landscape Arboretum.

Here’s some incentive to get out outside during the coldest month of the year: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering free gate admission to all visitors all month.

You don’t have to go outside; you can stay inside the Visitor Center and enjoy a 25-foot tree covered with orchids in the Great Hall, sip hot chocolate or enjoy a warm bowl of soup in the restaurant, and check out the expanded clearance area in the gift store.

For outdoors enthusiasts, the arboretum offers 16 miles of snowshoe or cross-country ski trails, plus snowshoe rentals.

For more information about January activities and offerings, go to

The arboretum is the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest.



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  • Left to right, Jacob Larkin of Bloomington, Christina Tran of Eden Prairie, and Jacob’s brother Aaron Larkin took a brisk winter’s walk at the arboretum.

  • The Green Heron Trail glittered brilliantly in the winter sun at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

  • Barb DeGroot, public relations specialist for the arboretum, with children’s and adult’s snowshoes.

  • The Green Heron Trail is a dedicated cross country skiing trail during the winter.

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