University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Visitors Guide



The Arboretum is open* from dawn until dusk for exploring.

The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission is free.


Visit the
Dorotha Smith Oatts
Visitor Center
visitor center

Visitor Center

*The Arboretum Parking lot is NOT accessible before and during Home Football Games. Visit UK ATHLETICS to view the Home Football Schedule.





Visit the children's garden page for hours and calendar!

Kentucky Children's Garden Admission Fees
$3.00/person (under 2 free)

$10/day (up to 5 people)

$60 Yearly Household
Membership (good for five people on one pass)

$250 Childtime Membership (good from birth-12 years old plus one adult)


Directions to The Arboretum

500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 257-6955

Driving directions from Interstate 75 and Interstate 64

1. Exit Interstate 75/64 at Exit 115
2. Merge onto Newtown Pike KY 922 toward Lexington (3.3 miles)
3. Turn left onto W. Main Street (.6 miles)
4. Turn right onto South Upper Street (.6 miles)
5. Stay straight to go onto S. Limestone US 27 (1.1 miles)
6. Turn left onto Alumni Drive (.7 miles)
7. The Arboretum will be on your right (.5 miles)

Google Map

Map (PDF)

See the University of Kentucky Campus Guide



How long is the path at The Arboretum?

2 miles

What are the plants with red berries at the entrance?


Do you allow Walks/Races at The Arboretum?

Organized walks/races are NOT ALLOWED at The Arboretum.


Do you all Professional Photography?

Professional Photography is allowed by permit only. Please contact the office for more information or click
Photo Policy

Do you allow weddings at The Arboretum?

The Arboretum offers small outdoor garden weddings.

To schedule a wedding in The Arboretum

Prohibited Activities