Reiman Gardens in Ames

Place/Event: Reiman Gardens
Location: 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011 (Instead of our mailing address, enter into the map’s search field “intersection of University Boulevard and South 16 Street Ames”. Find the map below with directions to our entrance from the intersection of University Blvd. and S. 16 St.) *currently construction projects are changing entrance locations at different times and dates
Cost: see website $4-8 (Group rates available) Lots of Options!
Grade/age range: Prek-12
Group size: large or small
Hands-on: Yes
Stroller friendly: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes *Even some way at the back in the Hunziker House
Food: picnic anywhere in outdoor gardens
Water: Yes

When most people hear about Reiman Gardens, it’s because of the butterflies! But there are also 14 acres of beauty  to enjoy!

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens has two indoor conservatories: Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and Hughes Conservatory. Both have relaxing water features and would be enjoyable in the winter.

Reiman Gardens
Hughes Conservatory


The whole garden appeals to children!

We visited on May 6th for American Public Garden Day and received FREE admission. The garden was busy but not overly crowded.

*update – currently the 2nd Wednesday of each month is free. Please check the website for any changes to this program.

I was surprised how much the kids loved the garden and we visited for two hours. We really could have stayed longer!

Reiman Gardens

The kaleidoscope in the Children’s Garden was impressive. The flower box turned so that the designs change. In the barn kids can learn through hands-on activities.

Reiman Gardens
2016 2×2 art/playground display

The kids LOVED this wooden play structure and we spent over half hour here!


Reiman Gardens Sean Kenney's Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks Exhibit 2016
Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks Exhibit 2016
Reiman Gardens
Penkhus Campanile Garden


We really enjoyed our visit and would consider a membership! It’s not that expensive and if you lived in the area it would be a wonderful place to visit often! 

A membership is connected to the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admission Program.

Reiman Gardens
Iowa Gold Finch


*** Also in Ames is the ISU Insect Zoo. You can have a field trip for your group that combines both the gardens and zoo!


Reiman Gardens teams up with ISU Insect Zoo for a complete fieldtrip experience or you can simply spend several hours visiting the gardens on your own.

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