The Friendship Botanic Gardens (a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization) is community treasure, and an oasis of formal gardens and nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana. Each year, they kick off a new, fresh summer season and are excited to introduce a new a slate of events and activities : new gardens, music concerts, educational programs and health and harmony with nature.
The Friendship Botanic Gardens is where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 100 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936. Gardens are tucked throughout the beautiful valley of Trail Creek.
Visit Lake Lucerne, a spring fed lake and home to muskrats, geese and turtles. The woods are home to deer, raccoons, groundhogs, squirrels, foxes, coyotes and wild turkeys. The songs of birds are heard in the quiet of this valley surrounded by hills. The grounds are accessed by walking earthen trails and lawns.
New additions to the Friendship Botanic Gardens grounds include the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden, an arena for nature based play activities created thanks to the support of the ArcelorMittal corporation.
The Gardens are open from May through the end of October on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am-6pm CST. Admission is $6, Wednesdays are FREE suggested donation days. Children under 12 are FREE. Members have access to grounds year round from dawn to dusk. 219.878.9885
Friendship Botanic Gardens are located just East of Blue Chip Casino and a short distance from the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan. Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 U.S. Highway 12, Michigan City, and can be reached by calling 878-9885, or visiting www.friendshipbotanicgardens.org.
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