Are you looking for a safe family activity, a fun date or just a peaceful day to rest and relax this winter? We recommend visiting us at The Dawes Arboretum! The winter season at The Arboretum is full of wonder and excitement – view beloved summer locations and witness them in the stillness and serene setting of January and February. 

Must See Locations

When you visit this winter, be sure to view our Conifer Glen for unbelievable views. Our holly Hill’s combination of red berries, white snow and evergreen trees is hard to resist. The area is a haven for overwintering birds providing amazing shots for the cell phone photographer in all of us. 

The witch-hazels near the main parking lot, which bloom during the winter, also got a best spot mention. You can also visit and climb our overlook tower to view a larger portion of The Arboretum. 

Wildlife in Winter

We have quite a few visitors in winter, including  northern cardinals, Carolina chickadees, ruby-crowned kinglets, golden-crowned kinglets, various woodpeckers (downy, red-bellied, pileated, red-headed), northern mockingbirds and many others.

Days to Visit

While we believe every day is a great day to visit The Arboretum, our normally quieter days are Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Make a Day Out of Your Visit!

The Dawes Arboretum is situated very close to many local restaurants to warm up at either before or after you visit us. Here are three great options for you to explore:

  • Buckeye Lake Winery
  • Elliot’s 
  • Barrel and Boar

Always Keeping Our Guests In Mind

Many areas of the grounds are fully accessible anytime of the year. In winter, if we are experiencing any snow on our paths, our staff will diligently keep them clean and safe for our visitors. If we experience any ice, we will utilize ice melt to keep the parking lot and walking paths safe as well. 

Tag Us in Your Visit!

When you visit us this winter, please remember to post your favorite picture and tag us using the hashtag #DawesArboretumWinter. You can reserve your tickets now by visiting our website.