Friendship Botanic Gardens

Welcome to Friendship Botanic Gardens, where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 100 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936. Gardens are tucked throughout the beautiful valley of Trail Creek.

Visit Lake Lucerne, a spring fed lake and home to muskrats, geese and turtles. The woods are home to deer, raccoons, groundhogs, squirrels, foxes, coyotes and wild turkeys. The songs of birds are heard in the quiet of this valley surrounded by hills. The grounds are accessed by walking earthen trails and lawns.

Self-guiding garden tours and nature trails delight and inform visitors. Golf cart tours for those with mobility limitations are available by appointment. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.

The Board of Directors of the Friendship Botanic Gardens are launching monumental efforts to revitalize and rejuvenate the Gardens. Read our Newsletter to stay up on those efforts.

The Friendship Botanic Gardens (a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization) is community treasure, and an oasis of formal gardens and nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana. We are kicking off a new, fresh season and we are excited to introduce a new a slate of events and activities in 2016: new gardens, music concerts, educational programs and health and harmony with nature.

We can't do this alone! We need individuals invested in the future of our community and in the Gardens to bring our vision to life.

Please join us, and become an integral part of a legacy within our community. Help us continue to bloom and grow!

Friendship Botanic Gardens is one of the most beautiful settings in Northwest Indiana for Weddings and Special Events. We also host a variety of programs throughout the year.

We are open from May through the end of October on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am-6pm CST. Admission is $6, Wednesdays are FREE suggested donation days. Children under 12 are FREE. Members have access to grounds year round from dawn to dusk. We are a Not-For-Profit Facility.

Friendship Botanic Gardens
2055 East U.S. Highway 12, P.O. Box 8834
Michigan City, IN 46361


What is the Mission of the Gardens?

“Friendship Botanic Gardens is a 106 acre botanical sanctuary that enriches the community through programs that promote environmental stewardship and appreciation of the arts. Our natural and cultivated spaces are the perfect settings for unique experiences that forge lifelong connections between people and nature.”

Garden Newsletter