Admissions and Hours

Trial Garden Summer 2024


October - April: open daily, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*

May - September: open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Reiman Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • Reiman Gardens is closed on all Iowa State University home football game days. See below for a list of dates.
  • Reiman Gardens is closed on Saturday, May 25, 2024, due to a large concert at Jack Trice Stadium.

Special Hours

Reiman Gardens is closed on all Iowa State University home football game days due to our proximity to Jack Trice Stadium. Those dates in 2024 are:

  • Reiman Gardens is closed on Saturday, May 25, 2024, due to a large concert at Jack Trice Stadium
  • Saturday, August 31, 2024
  • Saturday, September 21, 2024
  • Saturday, October 5, 2024
  • Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • Saturday, November 2, 2024
  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Saturday, November 30, 2024

Reiman Gardens will close early at 4 p.m. on the following dates for the setup of Spirits in the Gardens and Winter Wonderscape:

  • Friday, October 11, 2024
  • Saturday, October 12, 2024
  • Sunday, October 13, 2024
  • Thursdays-Sundays in December
    • December 5-8
    • December 12-15
    • December 19-22
    • December 26-29


Purchase admission for an upcoming visit to Reiman Gardens online or upon arrival.

You can apply your day’s admission towards the purchase of an annual membership. This can be done at our front desk.

general admission$12
seniors, ages 65 and up$11
youth, ages 2-12$6
youth, under 2free
Reiman Gardens membersfree
Iowa State University studentsfree
Members from participating AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program institutionsIndividual-level cardholders from another American Horticultural Society (AHS) participating network garden will receive a single-entry reciprocal admission. Additional guests will pay regular admission.
Anyone with military ID and their household (spouse and children)$2 off the price of admission for each
Individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, WIC card, and a valid form of photo ID for up to four individuals per EBT card* (through the Museums for All Program)free
Home football game days (Iowa State University)closed on home football dates for ISU
Anyone with an Iowa Libraries Adventure Pass**free for two adults and two children unless otherwise noted

*This benefit is not valid with a P-EBT card.

**Adventure Pass Guidelines

  1. Passes must be checked out through a participating Library. The pass must be for Reiman Gardens and used on the date specified on the form. Unfortunately, we are not able to honor passes for the wrong date or the wrong attraction.
  2. If you need to change or adjust your date of visit, this can be done through the participating library. Reiman Gardens cannot alter reservations from the participating Library.
  3. A physical copy of the Adventure Pass must be brought with you. If you do not bring one with you, you will be required to fill one out at our Front Desk. This requirement is to ensure proper tracking between organizations.
  4. A valid ID is required when redeeming the Adventure Pass. ID name must match the name on the form.

2024 days featuring special admission rates

Celebrate special days with free admission to Reiman Gardens. Please check the hours section on this page to determine our open hours for the date listed.

Mother's DaySunday, May 12Free admission for mothers.
National Public Garden DayFriday, May 17Free admission for everyone.
Memorial Day WeekendSunday, May 26 - Monday, May 27Free admission for active-duty military and veterans.
Teacher Appreciation DayFriday, June 7Free admission for all school staff (with school ID).
Father's DaySunday, June 16Free admission for fathers.
Last day of Annual Sculpture ExhibitSunday, September 29Free admission for everyone.
Veteran's DayMonday, November 11Free admission for active-duty military and veterans.​​​

Directions to Reiman Gardens 

Some smart phones and GPS list Reiman Gardens and our mailing address 1407 University Blvd. in the wrong location.

Instead of entering Reiman Gardens or our 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.

directional map to Reiman Gardens entrance


Parking is always free at Reiman Gardens. Park in Lot S1 or S2. For special events, parking in lot S3 is also permitted. 

Bus drivers are asked to park in Lot S2. Large groups will enter through the East Gate Entrance, which is located closer to Lot S2.

Note: With close proximity to Iowa State University’s Jack Trice Football Stadium, there is no guest parking available on home football game days. Check the Iowa State football schedule HERE. Call (515) 294-2710 for more information.


Map of Reiman Gardens

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Mail us at:
Reiman Gardens
1407 University Blvd
Ames, IA 50011

Policies to Ensure Enjoyment of Reiman Gardens

The goal of Reiman Gardens’ policies is to ensure enjoyment of the Gardens while protecting and preserving plants, insects and structures. 

Rules to Protect Both Butterflies and Iowa’s Environment

The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing is a United States Department of Agriculture containment facility, which means we abide by a stringent set of regulations designed to protect both the butterflies in the Wing and the environment outside of it.

The Wing contains butterflies transported to Iowa from tropical lands and six continents. Tropical butterflies could pose serious environmental threats if allowed to escape the containment wing and establish themselves in Iowa’s environment. The emerald ash borer and Japanese beetle are two examples of invasive, non-native insect species that have made their way into Iowa’s environment and are causing damage to our landscapes and crops.

Following a few simple rules can help ensure Reiman Gardens is not the source of the next invasive pest concern in Iowa.

Things to know before your visit:
  • No food, drinks, large bags, coats, strollers, large camera bags, tripods, or monopods. As much as possible, leave things in your car so you don’t have to worry about these extra items. There is a coat rack directly west of the front desk.
  • No flowers or plant matter in to the Butterfly Wing. All material brought in will be confiscated and incinerated.
Things to know during your visit:
  • Do not touch or grab the butterflies. They’re quite fragile and their wings are easily damaged. Also please watch your step. Butterflies frequently sit on the path.
  • Do not pick the flowers or bring flowers or plant matter in to the Butterfly Wing. All material brought in will be confiscated and incinerated.
  • Check in the large mirrors in the exit vestibules for hitchhikers before you exit. Butterflies can land on you and catch a ride as you leave.
  • Do not open both doors of either the entrance or exit vestibules at the same time. This will help contain the butterflies.

Entering and exiting procedure: Doors are locked; a docent is always by the door to open the door and allow you in or out. The docent will go over the rules with you and answer any questions. A docent will then meet you at the exit door to make sure no butterflies follow you out.

Being careful inside the Wing and making sure that no butterflies escape as you leave will help maintain the Butterfly Wing for the enjoyment of all. 

Photography, still and video, is permitted for private, non-commercial use only. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever without written consent of Reiman Gardens. Absolutely no professional photographers are allowed in the Butterfly Wing. Reiman Gardens reserves the right, and its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection. For complete policy, including policies for commercial and wedding photographers.

For Education Programs:

  • Refunds will only be given if a program is cancelled by Reiman Gardens’ staff.
  • Withdrawals more than 10 days prior to a class will result in a credit toward another program.
  • Withdrawals with less than 10 days notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

For Events:

  • There are no refunds or exchanges on any special event registrations, though reservations may be transferred to another person or persons for the same event.
  • Advance purchase is highly recommended, as spaces are limited.
  • Registrations are not refunded for any inclement weather including but not limited to snow, wind, rain, mud, cold or extreme temperatures.
  • Refunds will not be given for dissatisfaction with any event, as opinions are subjective.
  • Event registrations are non-transferable to another event or Gardens education class.

For Memberships:

  • All Reiman Gardens memberships are nontransferable and nonrefundable. 

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