Michigan City, US

An Experience Designed by Nature

Northwest Indiana’s premiere outdoor venue for weddings, corporate retreats, live events, or just a quick escape from the chaos of modern life.

Upcoming Community Events

Opera in the Gardens

Opera in the Gardens

Join us for an enchanting afternoon of musical talent at the 16th annual Opera in the Gardens at Friendship Botanic Gardens on Sunday, August 28th from 4-6PM. Doors open at 3 PM.

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Children's Garden

Exercise your child’s body and mind

Walking Trails

More than 3 miles of paved trails

Furry Friends

Bring your pet along for a walk


Snag trout or salmon in Trail Creek

Cross Country Skiing

Miles of snowy paved trails


The Gardens…it’s for the birds (too)

The wedding you’ve been dreaming about


With over 100 acres of landscaped and wooded areas for you and your guests to enjoy, weddings at The Gardens are truly magical.

Our wedding professionals take care of all of the details so you can focus on creating lasting memories.

Open to the public May 1st through October 31st


Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

Monday: Closed to the public

Open weekends in November 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT on days above 45° with no precipitation

The place for outdoor gatherings


Whether you’re interested in hosting your own private event or joining us for one of our highly regarded community events, The Gardens is Northwest Indiana’s destination for gatherings inspired by nature.

What People Are Saying

TJ Frain
TJ Frain
May 7, 2022.
Love this garden. Expansive beautiful area with great horticulture. I like to take my dog for walks here and take in the sights. Its also a great venue to host weddings and events like that. Fantastic place!
Hanna Smyczynski
Hanna Smyczynski
April 21, 2022.
Great walking path and large play structure. Highly recommend visiting if you have children.
Ron Seman
Ron Seman
December 20, 2021.
They had the first Christmas lights display and it was so beautiful! Can’t wait until next year!
Charles Lowery
Charles Lowery
November 7, 2021.
Nice gardens

Corporate Sponsors

We’re honored to receive support from our generous friends in the local business community!

Arcelor Mittal

The Barker Welfare Foundation

Dekker Vacuum Technologies

Fifth Third Bank

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte

Horizon Bank

Marquis Electrical Supply

Michigan City, Indiana


Rowley & Company LLP

Exclusive Access for Members


Members of The Gardens take advantage of unlimited year-round admission, World-class trout and salmon fishing on Trail Creek, discounts to over 200 American Horticultural Society Gardens, and much more.

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