PLAN YOUR VISIT WITH TIMED TICKETS

Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s 171-acre property is now open on a limited basis for Tower Hill members and the general public. Please see below for our reservation guidelines and new safety protocols.

In response to recommendations from public health officials and to facilitate safe social distancing, we will be limiting the number of members and guests allowed on the property and requiring all visitors to wear a mask at all times during their visit.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

After July 19th, visitors will find the main entry ramp to the Visitor Center closed for construction. Entry to the Garden and access to the Visitor Center will be through the Secret Garden, please follow signs. Click here to see a map of the construction area and temporary entrance. More information coming soon.

In order to comply with the Massachusetts Reopening Standards for Botanical Gardens, we have implemented a number of changes. The health and safety of our members, guests, volunteers, and staff are our first priorities.

Entry tickets must be reserved online in advance. A limited number of members and guests will be allowed on the property each day. You must register all visitors, including children. Same-day reservations are permitted as space allows but tickets must still be reserved online. There will be no on-site ticket sales or reservations. Tickets will be released on a rolling basis. New dates will be released each Friday. Choose your date and arrival window. You may arrive at any time during your arrival window and stay until the garden closes.

What’s Open:

  • All gardens and woodland trails are open! Please note that the Secret Garden, Orangerie, and/or Limonaia may close for a short time each day for a class or private function.
  • The first floor of the Visitor Center is open! The Library will remain closed at this time.
  • The Garden Shop is open for ticket holders. Only a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside the Shop at a time.
  • Delicious and freshly prepared boxed meals from Farmer and The Fork Café are available by pre-order only for Thursday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. Standard café services and indoor tables remain closed at this time.  More information below under Dining and Picnics. 
  • Indoor restrooms are available in the main Visitor Center and near the Limonaia. We are limiting the number of visitors at one time and these restrooms are being cleaned in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Please be prepared to physically distance while you wait in line.

Visitor Safety Guidelines:

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Masks or face coverings are required for all members and guests over the age of 2 who are able and in all parts of the property.
  • Stay six feet from visitors not in your household. Make room for others to pass when possible.
  • Due to public health guidelines, drinking fountains are not available at this time. Please bring your own water.
  • All visitors to Massachusetts and returning residents must follow the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order.
  • The Garden cannot loan wheelchairs to visitors at this time.

Learn more about changes we have implemented as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and public health officials. As recommendations from public health officials change, our ticketing and visitor guidelines may also change. Please check back for updates.

Open Daily, 10am–5pm. Tickets must be reserved online in advance and you must choose a date and time block during which you would like to arrive. All members and guests must pre-order tickets before arriving.

Now open late on Thursday evenings! Enjoy a walk in the gardens or picnic after work. Garden will remain open until 9pm in July and 8pm in August. Tickets must be reserved online in advance.

At this time, only our formal gardens and trails, woodland gardens and trails, and first floor of  Visitor Center are open. The Garden Shop is accessible for ticket holders. The Library will remain closed at this time.

For the safety of our guests, Tower Hill may close due to severe weather. Please check the website, Facebook and Twitter or call 508.869.6111 for updates.

General Admission Rates for our outdoor gardens and trails:

Weekday Pricing thru 8/9/20:

Members: FREE (must reserve ticket)
Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $7
Youth (6–18): $4
Children 5 and Under: Free
Dogs: $4 (Learn more about dog walking at Tower Hill.)

Weekday Pricing beginning 8/10/20:

Members: FREE (must reserve ticket)
Adults: $13
Seniors (65+): $9
Youth (6–18): $5
Children 5 and Under: Free
Dogs: $5 (Learn more about dog walking at Tower Hill.)

Weekend Pricing:

Members: FREE (must reserve ticket)
Adults: $16
Seniors (65+): $11
Youth (6-18): $6
Children 5 and under: Free
Dogs: $7 (Learn more about dog walking at Tower Hill.)

Click here to reserve tickets

Important Admission Information:

  • All members and guests must reserve a ticket before visiting the garden. Please plan accordingly.
  • The admissions process will be contactless. When you drive onto the property, please keep your car windows rolled up. You will be asked to show your tickets, either printed or on your phone, to our admission staff through your car window.
  • All members of your party must arrive together in one car or you must distribute tickets before arriving at Tower Hill. We do not have a place for parties to gather outside the gate.

Members receive free general admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden and discounted special event admission. Purchase or renew your membership when you reserve your tickets for instant access to your free member tickets. You may also call 508-869-6111 on or before the date of your visit to deduct the price of your admission from your membership. Learn more about our membership levels now!

Tower Hill Members: As a thank you for maintaining your membership through these tough times, for a limited time, THBG members may reserve up to six (6) free admission tickets per visit regardless of membership level. Additional tickets may be purchased at full price. To reserve your tickets you will need to use the email address associated with your membership in our records AND the member number printed below the barcode on your membership card.  Click here to find your member number and email address.

Weekday Discounts: Tower Hill is offering discounted admission rates for all visitors Monday-Friday at this time.

Boylston Residents: We are happy to offer free general admission to our Boylston neighbors. To redeem: choose the Boylston Resident Admission ticket type when reserving your tickets and be prepared to show proof of residency alongside your tickets when you check-in at the Garden. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boylston Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

EBT Card to Culture: Up to four guests of any age admitted for $2 each. To redeem: choose the EBT Cardholder Admission ticket type when reserving your tickets and be prepared to show your EBT card alongside your tickets when you check-in at the Garden. EBT Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance.

American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program: Members of other gardens who participate in the American Horticultural Society: Reciprocal Admissions Program may reserve free admissions for the same number of people covered at their home garden. Please present your member card alongside your tickets when you arrive at the Garden. To redeem: enter AHSRAP in the Access Code field when reserving your tickets.

Massachusetts Teachers Association: Massachusetts Teachers Association members may reserve one free ticket per MTA member. Please present MTA card alongside this ticket when you arrive at the Garden. Additional tickets may be reserved at full price. To redeem: enter MTA2020 in the Access Code field when reserving your tickets.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters: A “Big” may reserve one free Youth Admission for their “Little” when they buy one Adult General Admission for themselves. Please present your Big ID Card alongside this ticket when you arrive at the Garden. To redeem: enter code BBBS in the Access Code field when reserving your tickets.

We regret that discounts typically available through local libraries, WBUR, Wachusett Mountain, Tower Hill issued “Gate Passes,” and others will not be available for the time being.

Boxed Lunches Available on Weekends and Boxed Dinners Available Thursday evenings!

Pre-order a delicious and freshly prepared boxed lunch or dinner from Farmer and The Fork Café to enjoy during your visit. There are many locations throughout the property to enjoy a socially distant picnic or grab a seat on the outdoor patio. Once you have ordered your entry tickets, click here to view menu place your lunch order.  On Saturdays and Sundays, all lunches must be pre-ordered by 10:00 am and will be available for pick-up at the visitor services desk in the lobby of the Visitor Center 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. On Thursdays, all dinners must be pre-ordered by 3:00 pm and will be available for pick-up at the visitor services desk in the lobby of the Visitor Center 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm. We happily accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies– please note at the time of ordering. Boxed meals are currently only available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Thursday evenings. Standard café services remain closed at this time.

  • Tower Hill welcomes picnicking throughout the grounds at our scattered tables or you may spread a blanket on any mown grassy area. No barbecuing, outside alcohol, or outside catering and please plan to take your trash with you when you leave.
  • Indoor tables are not available at this time.
  • Vending machines with snacks and cold drinks are available in the Visitor Center near the main restrooms.  These machines accept cash and card.
  • Drinking fountains and bottler fillers are not available at this time due to public health guidelines. Please bring your own water.

To best enjoy your visit to our Gardens, we encourage you to:

You may do the following during your visit:

  • Take photos! Photography Policy
  • Picnic on our lawns throughout the formal gardens. Please plan to take your trash with you as you leave.
  • Bring your dog to walk on our woodland trails.
  • Please be considerate when using your cell phone.

Please refrain from the following during your visit:

  • Straying from the paths and disobeying posted signage and safety barricades.
  • Sunbathing (shirts and shoes required at all times).
  • Climbing trees, picking plants and flowers, walking into our fountains or water features.
  • Feeding wildlife.
  • Releasing plants, seeds or creatures, including butterflies, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. To learn why this is important, please see Xerces Society butterfly release policy.

The following items are prohibited in the Gardens:

  • Smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping, and any illegal substances.
  • Small group picnicking is allowed, but no barbecuing, outside alcohol, or outside catering. Carry out what you carry in, including trash.
  • Pets, except service animals and leashed dogs being walked on our woodland trails.
  • Toys that can cause damage to the plant collection and wildlife, such as balloons.
  • Radios, musical instruments, and equipment for active sports (balls, Frisbees, kites, scooters, and bikes).
  • Drones.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is committed to accessibility for all visitors and has been designated an UP Organization by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Stoddard Education & Visitors Center, the Orangerie, the Limonaia, the Court: A Garden Within Reach, the Lawn Garden, the Winter Garden, the Reading Garden, the Entry Garden, the Secret Garden, and the Systematic Garden are wheelchair accessible.  Learn more about these spaces.

As part of our commitment to universal accessibility, in late July we began construction on a new entry path which will be opening in early Fall 2020. This new, wider, more gently sloped path will be ADA compliant and link to the new Visitor Center entrance. During construction, all access to the Gardens and Visitor Center will be through the Secret Garden. (see map) Handicap accessible parking has been temporarily relocated adjacent to this entrance.

Service animals are welcome at Tower Hill at all times.

Access questions? Call us 508.869.6111 x110 for more information.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located in Central Massachusetts, about 10 miles northeast of Worcester.

For directions to Tower Hill please use 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA in your GPS or please visit Google Maps.

How Many Miles to Tower Hill

Worcester, MA – 10 miles
Boston, MA – 47 miles
Springfield, MA – 63 miles
Providence, RI – 50 miles
Nashua, NH – 46 miles
Hartford, CT – 72 miles
New York City, NY – 189 miles

Parking

Free parking is available on Tower Hill property. Visitors are asked to not park along French Drive.

Ride Share

Ride Share services such as Uber and Lyft are available in the area.

Public Transportation from Boston

Take Commuter Rail from South Station or Back Bay Station to Westborough, North Grafton or Worcester (Union Station). Transportation via cab or ride share to Tower Hill Botanic Garden is available from any of these stations.

Dogs are welcome at Tower Hill except during Night Lights. All dogs must be leashed and kept on the woodland trails (see map). There is no charge for dogs are who enrolled in our Tails ‘n Trails membership. The current admission fee for non-member dogs is $4 on weekdays and $7 on weekends. Please view other guidelines here. Service dogs are welcome throughout the property.

For the month of August, members of local partner museums (listed below) may reserve free admissions to Tower Hill for the same number of people covered at their home museum. Please present your member card alongside your tickets when you arrive at the Garden. To redeem: enter AUGPART in the Access Code field when reserving your tickets.  The first batch of August tickets will be available beginning July 18th.

Discovery Museum
EcoTarium
Old Sturbridge Village
Museum of Russian Icons
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Historical Museum

PHOTOGRAPHY RELEASE
During your visit you may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by an employee or contract photographer. Your admission serves as permission for the use of your image by the Tower Hill Botanic Garden and its constituents.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

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