Escape the earth you know and get a whole new perspective this summer at Holden Arboretum. If the Arboretum’s 3,500 acres aren’t enough to change your perspective, be sure to check out the 12-story Kalberer Emergent Tower, where you’ll be able to see almost all of Northeast Ohio from the top.
“Once you reach the top of the tower, it feels like an accomplishment no matter your fitness level,” says Margaret Thresher, vice president of public relations and marketing. “You are rewarded with a breathtaking view that’s different every day.”
On a clear day you can see about 20 miles in every direction — all the way to Lake Erie — with even the slightest breeze sending all the treetops swaying in harmony. You’ll be able to feel that breeze in its entirety on the Murch Canopy Walk, a series of 500 feet of suspension bridges perched 65 feet above the forest floor. Don’t forget your binoculars either, as you’ll be able to see all sorts of wildlife.
Once you get back down on the ground, pack a picnic and stay awhile at one of the area’s most well-kept secrets.
“It’s amazing how many people still have not been to the arboretum,” says Thresher. “It’s like nature’s Disneyland. There are miles of woodland trails, several ponds and lakes, more than 200 acres of cultivated gardens and more than 21,000 different plants.”
After your visit, you’ll leave feeling like you’ve spent the day in another world, or, at the very least, you’ll see the world a little differently.
More info: holdenarb.org