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  Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449
(937) 434-9005
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Tree tower
Trees at Cox Arboretum

Winter Update
Winter at the arboretum gives a touch of icy cold ponds, snow-coated trees and rocks and rustling ornamental grasses perfect for picture taking. If you heart pines for warmer days, step inside for classes on gardening, tea time talks and an orchid show in mid-February.

Don’t miss the Tree Tower, a structure funded by the James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation, that provides visitors with a unique, panoramic view of the fall colors.

    • 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

    • Zipp

      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.

      Meet Zipp, our working Border Collie. Zipp helps MetroParks conservation staff with environmentally safe, humane Canada goose control.

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   8:00am to 5:00pm
    Sat-Sun  11:00am to 4:00pm
    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 937-434-9005 to schedule.View a list of Field Trips.

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted.


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