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  Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449
(937) 434-9005
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Spring Update

Spring is a beautiful time at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. See flowers like tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils in full bloom in the bulb display located in the Edible Landscape Garden and other locations throughout the park. Visit the Tree Tower and get a bird's eye view of Spring spreading across the Miami Valley! This structure, funded by the James M. Cox Foundation, provides visitors with spectacular vistas of the park, particularly the diverse conifer collection. Don't forget to step inside the building for programs on gardening and other educational topics.

    • This beautiful 189-acre facility is a special place for visitors to escape among trees, shrubs, specialty gardens, mature forests, and prairies. The arboretum hosts year-round educational programs that teach children and adults about sustainable horticulture, plant science, and conservation. Cox Arboretum MetroPark is also home to a native-Ohio Butterfly House.

    • In the early 1970s, Cox Arboretum Foundation members Harry Price and Horace Huffman began to consider ways to assure the long term survival and continuing growth of the James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum. The presence of Dick Lawwill (Park District Director) and Harry Price (Park District Commissioner) on the Cox Arboretum Foundation Board led to discussions concerning the Arboretum-Park District relationship.


    • Buildings, gardens, and paved paths comply and/or exceed ADA standards. Handicap accessibility, with the exception of natural trails.

    • Directions
      From the South
      I-75 North
      Take the OH-725 Exit 44 to Miamisburg/Centerville Rd.
      Turn right at Miamisburg/Centerville Rd.
      Turn left at Springboro Pike.
      Go 1.0 miles and turn left into 6733 Springboro Pike

      From the North
      I-75 South
      Take the OH-741 S exit 50B
      Turn left at Springboro Rd, go 1.0 miles
      Continue left onto Springboro Pike, go 3.8 miles
      Turn right into 6733 Springboro Pike

      Public Transportation
      RTA Bus Route 19
      Take route 19 west on Third Street through downtown. This route will take you directly past Cox Arboretum.

      Plan a Bus Trip!
      Learn about RTA's Bike Rack Program

    • Cox Arboretum contains significant natural areas including two high quality mature woodlots, dense cedar glades, especially beautiful succession areas (containing an abundance of dogwood and redbud trees), planted tall-grass prairie, and created wetlands.

Visitor Information

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 39.652035
Longitude: -84.224033

Park Hours:

  • April 1 – October 31:
    8 am – 10 pm
  • November 1 – March 31:
    8 am – 8 pm
  • Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

Zorniger Education Center Hours:

  • Year-round:
    Mon-Fri   8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sat-Sun  11:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Closed on major holidays.

Facility Rental:
Special indoor and outdoor venues are available for corporate events, retreats, holiday parties, receptions, weddings and other occasions.
More Information

Free parking is available on-site. See map.

School Group Tours:
Schools and other groups may schedule guided walking tours. Guided tram tours are available for adults with a reservation. Call 937-275-PARK to schedule.View a list of Field Trips.

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted.

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