Visiting the Holden Arboretum

Autumn is here. It is cooling down. The sun is sticking around less and less and the last days of nice weather are passing us by. So it is imperative to take as much time as you can to do things outdoors before winter comes!

(For more Autumn themed posts check out Remembering October and 19 Halloween Movies To Watch)

Don’t get out your winter coats just yet, all you need is a sweater and you can spend the whole day outside exploring nature. Which is just what I did with my roommate this weekend.

After being in Ohio for 3 years at school I finally got a chance to get out to the Holden Arboretum. Holden is one of the largest arboreta in the whole United States. It has 3,600 acres that include 600 devoted entirely to gardens.

I wanted to go to the arboretum specifically to see the canopy walk.

The photos I had seen of it were really pretty and it seemed like a fun thing to experience. 

Although it was smaller than expected it was still fun to be high among the trees.

 I, being the dork I am, had to recreate the scene from Shrek. Specifically when Donkey and Shrek cross the ricketty swaying bridge across the lava, playing both parts of course. Sadly there is no footage of this award-winning performance.

On each landing is information about different species that can be found there plus images of them. 

Another cool thing to see is the Emergent Tower.

Measuring at 120’ tall the tower was built by lifting each piece with a helicopter and stacking them in place. It is built in a twisting pattern like trees so it wouldn’t break and each landing tells you how far and how many steps you’ve climbed until the top. The view from the top is stunning; you can see all the way to the lake and over all of the trees. 

Measuring at 120’ tall the tower was built by lifting each piece with a helicopter and stacking them in place. It is built in a twisting pattern like trees so it wouldn’t break and each landing tells you how far and how many steps you’ve climbed until the top. The view from the top is stunning; you can see all the way to the lake and over all of the trees. 

There are a ton of trails and we explored a few and the farther you go in it feels like you really are in the middle of the woods far from civilization.

The most interesting thing we found was a Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty that we saw.

Immediately our thought was it looked like a bird’s nest for humans.  

On our way out of the park, we stopped by the lily pond that has huge lily pads. I had never seen any that big before. 

If you have a chance to visit and enjoy trails and nature I would recommend visiting. I myself am not a big hiking person but I did have a fun time spending a beautiful day outside before it gets cold.

Do you enjoy it when the weather gets colder? Let me know your favorite thing to do in Autumn in the comments!

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