Hershey Children’s Garden

Hershey Children’s Garden is now open!

Activate the young explorer within your child as they search for frogs and fish, observe a honeybee hive or play within an imaginative treehouse at The Hershey Children’s Garden. As your child discovers plant and animal life around them, he or she can also learn why caring for the environment is vital for everyone. The Hershey Children’s Garden enables both you and your child to disconnect from technology and tune in to the sights, sounds and smells of a beautiful display garden.

Nature-play is important for every child. Your child can become immersed in hands-on activities like the following:

  • Observe honeybees in their hive
  • Search for fish, frogs and turtles in the pond
  • Learn about veggie and herb gardens
  • Explore and play in nature’s playground
  • Create in our sandbox 
  • Learn how to care for plants and water with our water pump

For your safety:

  • We may limit the number of visitors inside this garden at one time
  • A handwashing station is available, but parents assume the risk associated with touching play surfaces and children congregating
  • Face coverings are required when in close proximity to others
  • Only one family group at a time on the Treehouse; Please wait here for those exiting

NEW Gnome Scavenger Hunt!

Explore our new gnome scavenger hunt on your next visit:

History

Hershey Children’s Garden was one of the first such gardens in the country and the first in Ohio when it opened in 1999, and still serves as a model for children’s gardens around the world. With its mix of mini ecological areas, including the pond, prairie and woodland, as well as the manicured flower gardens, it is a place for guests of all ages to explore, learn and find adventure.

The Hershey Children’s Garden was made possible through a generous grant from The Hershey Foundation and gifts from members of the Hershey Family. Jo Hershey Selden established The Hershey Foundation in 1986 to honor her late husband Alvin A. Hershey. Their daughter Debbie Hershey has worked closely with the Botanical Garden to create a place where children can enjoy the outdoors and have fun with plants while learning about science and the environment.

Hours:

Open during regular Botanical Garden hours*

*closes at 5pm on Wednesdays

 

The Children’s Garden is often staffed by an employee and/or volunteer, but adults are responsible to actively supervise children in their care.