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Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Parks & Nature
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garden in the woods native plant trust photoGarden in the Woods is the headquarters and botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society.

This ever-changing living museum—New England’s premier wildflower garden—has more than 1,000 native plant species, with many rare and endangered native specimens throughout the gardens, as well as the unique New England Rare Plant Garden.

It's a wonderful place to bring kids to explore nature. The family activities area includes all sorts of interactive things to do - and it's all made out of things you can find in the woods.

Plants are on sale from mid-April through September at Garden in the Woods Nursery - now the largest native plant nursery in New England.

Looking for more great places to enjoy the outdoors in Boston? Check out our guide to outdoor fun for families in the Greater Boston area.

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April 15-October 31: Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays 9am-5pm.
Last admission to the Garden paths and trails is 1/2 hour before closing.
After October, the Garden trails close for the season, but classes continue through out the fall and winter.

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$16 Adults (18-64)
$12 Seniors (65+) / Students with current valid ID
$8 Youths (6-17)
Children under 5 admitted free

Active servicemen and women and their spouses admitted free with valid military ID
Veterans receive 50 percent discount with proof of service



180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA, 01701 map
Phone: 508-877-7630

Located at 180 Hemenway Road in North Framingham, Massachusetts. A 40-minute drive from Boston or Worcester.

from North, South, East
Take Route 128 to Route 20 W; go 8 miles on Route 20 to Raymond Road (2nd left after traffic lights in South Sudbury); go south 1.3 miles to Hemenway Road and bear right up the hill to the entrance.

from West
Take Massachusetts Turnpike. (Exit 12) to Route 9 E; go 2.4 miles to Edgell Road exit; turn left at the lights at the top of the exit ramp onto Edgell Road (Route 9 overpass); go 2.1 miles to the traffic lights; take a right onto Water Street and a left onto Hemenway Road. Go north 1.0 miles (the road name changes to Eisenhower Road, but keep going). Turn left onto Catherine, and left again on Hemenway after one block (up a one-way road) to the entrance.

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  • Some local libraries offer passes to visit. Check with yours to see!

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