This 12-acre garden is a delight for any age.
Highfield Discovery Garden will open Tuesday, June 23. The health and safety of our employees and guests are our highest priority. Great Parks staff continues to take precautionary steps and make service adjustments in response to the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health. If you are sick or exhibiting any symptoms, please stay home and visit another day. Guests are required to wear a mask to enter buildings and when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household. Please take advantage of our hand sanitizer stations throughout the garden and visitor center and help us minimize groups of more than 10 congregating together.
It is designed to encourage guests to explore the natural world in a fun, engaging environment. Along with the 25-foot Discovery Tree, there are seven smaller gardens to explore within Highfield Discovery Garden:
Frog & Toads Garden: Look closely among the lily pads and you’ll see they are surrounded by frogs.
Wizard’s Garden: Pass the purple hat, don’t wake the dragon and take the bouncy bridge to the fairy garden.
Trolley Garden: Four, small scale trains run on tracks surrounding some of your favorite storybook characters.
Vegetable Garden: Raised beds will put you at eye level with common and not-so-common vegetables.
Grandma’s Scent Garden: You’ll be surrounded by smelly plants for your pretend tea party here.
Morph Garden: The caterpillars in this garden are huge!
Butterfly Garden: This garden is shaped like its favorite resident.
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Cotswold Visitor Centre & Highfield Discovery Garden Hours (weather permitting):
April 1–October 31 Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
November 1–March 31 Monday–Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–4:30 p.m.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve
- Under 2: Free
January–March, November & December
- Under 2: Free
At Great Parks, we are doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to our guests. However, due to COVID-19 board of health guidelines, groups cannot visit right now. We will continue to monitor the situation closely to determine when we can invite groups back to the facility moving forward.
- School groups are considered the following: Licensed public or private elementary and middle schools, Head Start programs and licensed day care centers and home-school groups
- Reservations are required 30 days in advance by calling 513-771-8733.
Guest who have purchased a family pass from June 22, 2019–June 19, 2020 will receive an additional 3 months onto the original family pass expiration date to enjoy Highfield Discovery Garden.
- $50 for four people (any combination of adults and children)
- $6 add-on per person can be purchased at the original time of purchase
- You may list up to two last names on the pass
With unlimited visits to see trolleys, spy frogs and toads, smell new flowers and learn more about the natural world, the Family Pass pays for itself.
Still not sure the pass is right for your family? Join us for the day, and if you decide to upgrade to a family pass during your visit, we will apply your daily admission toward the pass!
Annual pass benefits include:
- 10% discount at Nature’s Niche gift shop
- Monthly e-newsletter
- Priority registration for select special events
- Passholder perk of the month
- Members-only days: the garden is open to passholders only during the first Monday of every month during the Blooming Season from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (April–October)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are not permitted inside of Highfield Discovery Garden. You may bring your dog for a walk in Glenwood Gardens on both walking trails.
Is food permitted in Highfield Discovery Garden?
Yes. Food is permitted inside our patio seating area. We ask that you do not consume food inside of the gardens.
When is Nature’s Niche open?
Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books shop inside the Cotswold Visitor Centre is open the same hours as the Highfield Discovery Garden. See above for hours of operation.
Is smoking permitted?
No smoking is permitted inside of Highfield Discovery Garden.
Can my older children visit without me?
All children must be accompanied by an adult when inside of Highfield Discovery Garden.
Can I share my pass with another family?
No. We work hard to keep the price of our family pass low, so please help us by not sharing outside of your household.
Bill Schott’s Holiday Train Display
There’s some holiday magic brewing in Highfield Discovery Garden. Spend an afternoon enjoying the sights of Bill Schott’s Holiday Train Display!
It’s all aboard the Great Circle Line Rail Road for your journey. Let your imagination ride along as the locomotive winds its way through the valley of cheery Snug Harbor. Or, follow Points North Rail Road through the scenic Charmin Highlands. Listen closely, and you’ll hear classic holiday carols playing throughout the wintry villages. It’s end of the line at the Peppermint Candy Factory, where people are enjoying this tasty confection.
Stay on track and head to Highfield Discovery Garden for the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Come visit this whimsical train display before it leaves the station!
Get a behind-the-scenes look of Bill Schott’s model train display on the Great Circle Line & Points North Rail Road website.
November 27–January 10
Wednesday–Saturday | 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sundays | Noon–4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday–Tuesday and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
$2.75/person, entrance included with admission to Highfield Discovery Garden