Hours, Admission, Tours & Directions
Admission to the Arboretum:
Members – Free
Non-members – $5 per person
12 and under – Free
Grounds and Gardens open sunrise to sunset. Use the pedestrian gate and auxiliary parking lot when main parking lot gate is closed.
- Check below for office and gift shop hours
The Arboretum provides guided tours of the grounds and gardens throughout the year. You can schedule a walking tour or a tour on our battery powered Oak Leaf Express. Tours must be scheduled in advance of your visit. To schedule a tour please call email@example.com contact us at
Tour Fee: $5
Mini Bus: $50
Charter Bus: $100
Monday – Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm; our office is closed for all major holidays.
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Check out our wide supply of gardening supplies, books, local artwork and seasonal décor. Our gift shop is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.
Monday – Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Gift Shop – Weekend Hours
April 1st through October 31
Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
November 1 through March 31
The gift shop is open during weekend special events.
The Iowa Arboretum is located between Boone and Madrid in rural Boone County. We are easily accessible by paved roads.
From the North and East
Take I-35 south to Highway 30 (Ames). Go west on Hwy 30 (13.1 miles) to Highway 17 Exit. Turn left to go south to Luther (4.8 miles). Turn right and head west on E-57 (2.4 miles). Watch for Iowa Arboretum/4-H camp sign and turn left at Peach Avenue (1.9 miles).
From the South
Option 1: Take I-35 north to Highway 210 (Slater/Maxwell Exit). Go west on Hwy 210 (12.6 miles) to Madrid. Turn right and head north to Luther (6 miles). Turn left and head west on E-57(2.4 miles). Watch for Iowa Arboretum/4-H camp sign and turn left at Peach Avenue (1.9 miles).
Option 2: Take 80/35 to Highway 141. Follow this north (10.3 miles) to Highway 17 and travel through Madrid to Luther (15.6 miles). Turn left and head west on E-57 (2.4 miles). Watch for Iowa Arboretum/4-H camp sign and turn left at Peach Avenue.(1.9 miles)
From the West
Take Highway 30 through Boone. Turn right and go south on either Quill Road (4.9) or Highway 17 (4.8 miles). Take a right on E-57 and head west (from Quill – 1.2 miles and from E-57 – 2.4 miles). Watch for Iowa Arboretum/4-H camp sign and turn left at Peach Avenue (1.9 miles).