Lauritzen Gardens is NOW OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
ALL guests and members must purchase or reserve timed tickets. LEARN MORE
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Frequently Asked Questions
•   What are your hours of operation?
•   Am I required to wear a facial covering?
•   What is timed ticketing?
•   How do I reserve/purchase advance timed tickets?
•   Can I walk up and buy admission tickets or a membership?
•   What services are available?
•   What buildings/garden areas are closed?
•   What health and safety protocols are in place?
•   Can I bring in outside food, beverages, or coolers?
•   As a member, how many tickets can I reserve?
•   Will I receive a confirmation of my purchase?
•   What will my entry experience be like?
•   What if I miss my time slot?
•   How long can I stay in the garden?
•   Can I leave and come back in?
•   Can I be refunded if there is inclement weather on the day of my scheduled visit?
•   I'm a current garden member. Will my membership be extended to account for the closure?
•   I am a member of a reciprocal garden. Do I need a timed ticket?
•   Will guest passes be accepted?
•   My guest pass expired during the closure. Will you still accept it?
•   What about educational programs and workshops?
•   Is Kenefick Park open?
•   What are your hours of operation?
Lauritzen Gardens is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The last entry is at 4 p.m. Timed tickets are required for all guests (regardless of age), including members.
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•   Am I required to wear a facial covering?
Face masks MUST be worn by guests (ages 5 and over) inside of the visitor and education center and the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. If you choose to take your mask off outdoors, it must be put back on prior to re-entering either building.
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•   What is timed ticketing?
We have transitioned to a timed ticketing system for admissions. Timed ticketing offers reserved time slots to ensure paced guest arrivals and moderated attendance levels. Each person visiting must reserve or buy a ticket in advance online, including children and garden members. This allows us to safely welcome guests and keep within our guidelines for capacity of our venue. This is the only method for admission at this time.
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•   How do I reserve/purchase advance timed tickets?
Tickets may be purchased via this website from the buy tickets button at the top of the page or from any of the ticketing links throughout. You will need to select a visit date and time, as well as the number of tickets needed. If you have technical difficulties or need assistance, please contact us at (402) 346-4002, ext. 201/250.
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•   Can I walk up and buy admission tickets or a membership?
All admission tickets must be reserved in advance via the garden’s website. Memberships may be purchased at the front desk (credit card transactions only), online, via mail, or by calling (402) 346-4002, ext. 214 (Monday-Friday). If you do not have a computer or have technical difficulties, please call (402) 346-4002, ext. 201/250 for assistance with your ticket purchase.
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•   What services are available?
The gift shop is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (credit card transactions only). The ConAgra Cafι is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a limited selection of sandwiches and side dishes. Limited indoor seating is available for cafe patrons. Restrooms inside of the visitor and education center are open to the public. Portable restrooms are also located near the rose garden and Founders’ Garden for public use (through November). Tram service is not offered from November-April. Water fountains are not in service. Manual wheelchairs are not available to reserve/loan at this time.
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•   What buildings/garden areas are closed?
Fortunately, we are able to safely reopen most of the garden for the enjoyment of our guests. The model railroad garden is closed for the season. The Japanese park is temporarily closed for a renovation.
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•   What health and safety protocols are in place?
In addition to timed tickets, limiting capacity and opening garden features/facilities in phases, the garden regularly cleans/sanitizes doors and surfaces (with the exception of benches and outdoor structures), has hand sanitizer stations available to guests in the lobby, has protective barriers at the front desk, reduced touchpoints for staff and guests, and reminds visitors of proper protocol via signage. Guests ages 5 and over are required to wear a mask inside of the visitor and education center. We ask that guests respect garden staff and other guests by staying at least 6' apart at all times. We kindly ask that guests stay home if they are ill or think they may have been in contact with someone who is/was ill. Let's keep each other healthy and safe.
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•   Can I bring in outside food, beverages, or coolers?
Guests may bring in their own water, as the garden's water fountains are not in service. No coolers, outside food or other beverages will be allowed unless they are required for special dietary needs.
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•   As a member, how many tickets can I reserve?
Members are allotted the number of tickets based on their current membership level (i.e. Individual = 1, Dual = 2, Family = 2 adults + children). If you have a PLUS ONE membership level, you may reserve 1 ticket for a guest (adult or child). Tickets for additional guests may be purchased by the member using the general admission prices. Members must show their current membership card and ID, along with their e-ticket(s)/printed ticket(s) to be admitted. Please note that membership benefits extend to the named cardholder(s) and are not transferrable. Questions? Please contact the membership department at (402) 346-4002, ext. 214.
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•   Will I receive a confirmation of my purchase?
For both e-tickets and print at home tickets you will receive an order confirmation via email. E-ticket purchasers will receive a second email with their tickets. The tickets will need to be presented to the front desk, along with the purchaser's photo ID and membership card (if they are a garden member).
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•   What will my entry experience be like?
We ask that guests stay in their cars until their arrival time. Please enter the visitor and education center through the main doors (make sure you have your face masks on prior to entering the building). If you have any wait time, please keep 6' apart from other parties of guests. A front desk attendant will check your e-ticket or printed ticket, photo ID, and membership card (if you are a member). During the holiday season, guests will follow a one-way route through the show.
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•   What if I miss my time slot?
We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals due to restrictions on our capacity. Guests should make every effort to arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled visit time.
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•   How long can I stay in the garden?
When you make your ticket purchase you are selecting your arrival time. There are currently no time limits to the length of a garden visit, but the average visit is around 90 minutes. We kindly ask that guests complete their exploration and discovery of the garden by 5 p.m.
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•   Can I leave and come back in?
All guests are kindly asked to leave the garden immediately after visitation to eliminate congestion on the property or in the parking lot. Because slots are timed, there will be no re-entry allowed.
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•   Can I be refunded if there is inclement weather on the day of my scheduled visit?
All tickets are non-refundable. However, you can email m.sears@omahabotanicalgardens.org to reschedule your timed tickets in the event of inclement weather. Members do not need to reschedule tickets, but can simply discard their e-ticket for the date with inclement weather and reserve another visit date.
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•   I'm a current garden member. Will my membership be extended to account for the closure?
Lauritzen Gardens is dedicated to delivering the full value of an annual membership. Current memberships have been automatically be extended for two months. If you have questions regarding your expiration date or your membership in general, please contact the membership department at (402) 346-4002, ext. 214 or l.krecek@omahabotanicalgardens.org.
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•   I am a member of a reciprocal garden. Do I need a timed ticket?
Yes. Members of reciprocal gardens should reserve tickets as a current garden member. The physical membership card of their member garden and a photo ID will be required along with their order receipt.
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•   Will guest passes be accepted?
Yes. Guests with complimentary passes must reserve a timed ticket, like all other guests. Choose the complimentary pass option in the ticketing system, then bring your passes to redeem along with your receipt on the day of your visit. Any guests beyond the number of passes can be paid for in the same transaction.
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•   My guest pass expired during the closure. Will you still accept it?
Of course! Day passes that expired during our closure period (March 15 through June 1) will be honored. When reserving a timed ticket, please choose the complimentary pass option and bring your passes to the front desk on the day of your visit for redemption.
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•   What about educational programs and workshops?
Our diverse schedule of adult and family programs has resumed. All programs have revised health and safety protocols in place. Classes are subject to changes or cancellation as we continue to monitor our response to COVID-19.
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•   Is Kenefick Park open?
Kenefick Park remains open and accessible to the public for free during the garden's hours of operation (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Visitors should park in the south-most tier of the parking lot to access the staircase. A sidewalk/ramp is accessible from the southwest end of the lot. Guests who wish to see Kenefick Park and enter the garden will need to reserve a timed ticket.
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