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Key Info

2145 Centre Ave.

Price & Hours

$11 for adults; $8 for children 2-17
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily


Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Spanning 18 acres, the Gardens on Spring Creek are Fort Collins' botanical sanctuary. The facility shelters 10 different gardens, including a Prairie Garden, which grows plants native to the prairies; the Rock Garden that mimics the mountains and grows flora native to Colorado; and the Garden of Eatin', which features a fruit orchard and herbs, among other delicious edible plants. There's also a Children's Garden, which has hands-on activities and play areas, as well as a pavilion that hosts different kinds of events. Visitors will also find a Butterfly House on-site that showcases 300 free-flying butterflies and moths as well as caterpillar displays. The gardens routinely host a number of events for locals and tourists, including workshops, date nights and holiday festivities for Halloween and Christmas.

Recent visitors praised the gardens for their beauty. For many, a highlight was the Christmas light display the gardens erect each year.

The Gardens on Spring Creek are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, year-round. Admission costs $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 to 17 as well as students with ID. There is a visitor center on-site that has restrooms, a small cafe and a gift shop. The gardens sit 2 ½ miles south of downtown Fort Collins, just north of Colorado State University. Parking is available, but you can also take the bus. Visit the Gardens on Spring Creek's website for more information.

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