Experience the beauty of the changing seasons at our thirty-acre landscape. There are many ways to enjoy a Fall day whether you’re looking for scenic strolls with a latte from Nixon’s CoffeeHouse, a magical display of jack-o-lanterns, plein-air painting, or guided bird walks. These articles feature our favorite seasonal attractions and activities.
Please note that significant portions of the gardens will be closed to the public at 6:00 PM on Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns event nights. Please consult our calendar for a full list of impacted dates.
The Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns
Select Dates: Oct 1–31
Adults and children alike will have fun under the magnificent glow of hand-carved pumpkins and larger-than-life pumpkin displays. A magical carnival, a nautical sea-scape, dinosaurs, and dragons will illuminate Hudson Gardens in a soft glow where you’ll find magic around every corner.
Plein Air Paint-Out
October 16th, 10AM–2PM
On your marks…get set…paint! Each year, the Oil Painters of America host the Great Paint Out. As part of this national celebration spread over seven cities, Hudson Gardens is inviting artists to paint our thirty-acre landscape.
A Hudson Christmas: Extravaganza of Lights
We’re busy planning our annual extravaganza of holiday lights! This year will be bigger and brighter than ever before. Towering trees draped in thousands of colorful lights, beloved holiday characters, and surprises at every turn will fill Hudson Gardens with holiday cheer.
Can you find all eighteen sculptures spread across our thirty acres of walking trails? Enjoy art and nature with this free, self-guided public art tour.
When you visit Hudson Gardens, be sure to enter and exit through the Gift Shop. You’ll find Fall and Christmas décor, multiple flavors of local honey, toys and games, jewelry, and more.
Nixon’s Coffee House
Weather permitting, Nixon’s Coffee House at Hudson Gardens is staying open this Fall and Winter. Enjoy a crisp walk with a latte or a hot chocolate!
These trails are a great place to experience fall foliage and, of course, multiple species of birds.
Fall Foliage at the Lake
The Lake is our most popular autumn backdrop. Bright oranges, fiery reds, burnt ambers, and soft yellows fall from the towering trees and reflect off tranquil water.
This footbridge, which overlooks the Lake at Hudson Gardens, is one of the most photogenic backdrops in Colorado. It leads to a small island perfect for picnics.
This cobblestone platform has views of willow trees, the Lake, and Justin’s Bridge. Monet’s Place is a popular location for wedding ceremonies, but it’s also an ideal place to sit with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Fall Foliage/Snow at the Barn
Is anything better than the sound of crunching leaves? Our big, red barn is an iconic place for taking an autumn stroll. We also recommend this spot for the perfect Fall photo.
“Sticks and Stones”
Nature Play Area
Made from repurposed logs and stones, “Sticks and Stones” promotes physical activity and imagination for kids and adults alike. Photographers also love this area for portraits.
Explore the magic of fall through the lens of your favorite camera. Guests may photograph the grounds without a permit if the photos are solely for personal use. Professional and commercial photographers must purchase a permit.
Autumn Bird Walks
We’re a birding hotspot all year long. You can explore our thriving habitat during a self-guided bird walk. Guided bird walks led by an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company are also offered.
Wanna be a beekeeper? Hudson Gardens offers year-round classes for new and experienced beekeepers. The “Core Beekeeping Series” is a set six courses designed to prepare you for the first season of beekeeping