Hours & Admission

Maintenance along Interstate 44 near the Garden is ongoing throughout 2018. Please check MoDOT for the latest updates on road closures or detours.  

Holiday Hours

Garden Gate Shop holiday daytime hours
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(Garden admission not required)
Closed Christmas 

Sassafras daytime hours
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


Garden Admission 
(rates subject to change)

$12 adults (ages 13 & over)
Free children (ages 12 & under)

Free Garden members and their children (ages 12 & under)Join today!

St. Louis City/County residents
$6 adults (ages 13–64)
$4 seniors (ages 65 & over) 
Proof of residency required

In appreciation for their ongoing support of the Garden through the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District, St. Louis City/County residents enjoy free Garden admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon (exception: special admission rate events).*

Purchase tickets

Children's Garden

Smiling girl in the Children's Garden
Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, November 4, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Extended hours (free admission after 5 p.m.)
Wednesdays during Whitaker Music Festival
5 to 7 p.m.

$5 children (ages 3–12)
No extra charge for adults (ages 13 & up)

$3 Garden members’ children (ages 3–12); free Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon

St. Louis City/County residents
Free Saturdays*,
9 a.m. to noon

Learn more about the Children's Garden.


Tower Grove House

Tower Grove House
Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, December 30, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Included with admission.

Learn more about Tower Grove House.
Guided Walking Tours

Explore the Garden’s history, plants and seasonal highlights with a Garden Docent through a personalized walking tour.
Included with Garden admission. Tours accommodate a maximum of 15 guests. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the tour start time and meet the Docent in the upper level of the Ridgway Visitor Center.

January 1 - March 30
Daily at 11 a.m.

March 31 - November 4
Daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

November 5 - December 31
Daily at 11 a.m. 

Individual Classes & Tours
Guided walks and tours are also offered as classes at our three campuses. View upcoming sessions or call (314) 577-5140 for more information. 

School and Children's Field Trips
To learn more about field trips and educational tours, contact our Education Division at schoolprograms@mobot.org or (314) 577-5185.

Tram Tours


April – October

Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., departing every hour on the hour 
Weekends: 9:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., departing every 40 minutes

$4 adults and children (ages 3–12)
Free children (ages 2 & under) when seated on a lap

Purchase tickets at the tram shelter. 

Private tram tours for groups are also available.Learn more about group tours

Trams do not operate in case of lightning. Trams cannot be guaranteed and may not be available on days preceding, during and following the Garden's signature events (including Chinese Culture Days, Japanese Festival and Best of Missouri Market); please email visitorservices@mobot.org or call (314) 577-5101  for specifics.

Garden Membership

Join the Garden and help realize the mission set forth by Henry Shaw to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.

Members receive great benefits including free admission to the family of attraction sites, retail discounts, special events and much more!

To learn more, visit the membership desk in the Ridgway Visitor Center or email membership@mobot.org.