Open May 1 - October 31

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Information and hours

We are open daily May 1 - October 31:

Monday 10 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 4 PM
Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday 12 - 4 PM

1415 Campus Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Bookworm Gardens is a botanic garden inspired by children's literature. Located one hour north of Milwaukee and one hour south of Green Bay, we're the perfect destination for your family road trip! The Gardens are open daily May 1 - October 31. Interested in joining us for a school field trip? Click here.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Leave your stroller at home! Due to high attendance and for the enjoyment of all, it is not advised to bring strollers, wagons, or carts to Bookworm Gardens. Also, remember that Bookworm does NOT have trash facilities, so take any picnic supplies or garbage with you when you leave. 

 For our full booklist,  click here.

Free parking is offered adjacent to the Gardens and next to the UW Sheboygan buildings. Restroom facilities, a drinking fountain, and an indoor reading area are available to guests at the Hansel & Gretel Learning Cottage during our open hours. Don't forget to visit our Gift Shop when you're onsite! All proceeds directly benefit the mission of the Gardens. 

Admission to Bookworm Gardens is by voluntary donation. Suggested donation is $5 per person except in the case of special events. All non-family groups with 10 or more children are required to have a reservation and program through the Education Department, and formal groups of 15 or more adults are required to have a reservation and guided tour. See below for some helpful tips for your trip and don't forget to check out our photo gallery!

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garden Guidelines

Bookworm Gardens is for Learners of All Ages
All ages are welcome at the Gardens, but adults must stay with their children at all times. We ask that children use walking feet and not run ahead, as this presents a safety issue. 

Bookworm Gardens is a Picnic Friendly Zone
Food and drink are allowed in the garden, with the exception of alcoholic beverages.  Though we do not have a cafe on premises, families may use the picnic tables located throughout the grounds for a picnic lunch or snack.

Bookworm Gardens is a Trash Free Garden
Please be prepared to carry your trash out when you leave the Gardens, and dispose of it properly. A trash free program has many benefits, including:

  • Fostering a partnership between the visitors and the Gardens by encouraging people to take an active role in maintaining a trash-free garden.
  • Encouraging people to adopt a carry in, carry out principle.
  • Encouraging people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Reducing odors in the picnic areas.
  • Increasing visitor safety by reducing the number of stinging insects, rodents, and other wildlife in the picnic areas.
  • Allowing staff hours and funds spent on trash collection to be applied to other projects and improvements within the Gardens. 
  • Reducing the amount of litter in the Gardens.

Bookworm Gardens is Smoke Free
No smoking (including e-cigarettes) is permitted in the Gardens or surrounding parking lots.

Bookworm Gardens is a Friend to Nature
Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Please be a "Friend to All" and be respectful of all the plants and critters in the Gardens.  Plants do not liked to be crushed or picked without permission! Please do not swim or wade in the pond. No dogs or other pets are allowed, other than guide dogs and service dogs who are coordinated through the Gardens.

Additional Reminders:

Photography/Filming - commercial filming/photoshoots are allowed. We recommend calling ahead.

Concealed Weapons - carrying concealed deadly weapons is strictly prohibited.

Weather - the Gardens make every effort to remain open during posted hours. However, if the weather conditions are unsafe, we may need to close.

Accessibility - our paths are accessible, but many are gravel or flagstone.  A wheelchair is available for use in the Gardens (please inquire at the front desk).