Explore the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of our thirty-acre landscape. Our walking trails, garden exhibits, park-like open spaces, river access, and more are open every day from sunrise to sunset with no admission charge. These articles feature our most popular attractions and offer suggestions for outdoor activities.
Central City Opera’s 2021 Festival!
Join us for open-air performances of Carousel and Rigoletto! This is a rare opportunity to see the country’s fifth-oldest opera company here at Hudson Gardens!
Self-Guided Public Art Tours
Can you find all eighteen sculptures spread across our thirty acres of walking trails? You can get your art fix and your daily dose of nature with this free, self-guided public art tour. Learn more about our collection!
Nixon’s Coffee House
This popular coffee shop is located in the northwest corner of Hudson Gardens at the Mary Carter Greenway Trail entrance.
Littleton Symphony Orchestra
August 22nd, 7–8:00 PM
As the Grand Finale of Western Welcome Week, this concert will be the perfect evening. We will have open seating on the concert amphitheater. Tickets are free, but a $10 donation is requested.
Watch a Water Lily Bloom!
We’re one of two public places in the Denver area to find Victoria Water Lilies. Watch this time-lapse video of a blooming Victoria Water Lily flower, and learn why this bloom is such a unique spectacle!
When you visit Hudson Gardens, be sure to enter and exit through the Gift Shop. You’ll find home and garden décor, seeds, toys and games, jewelry, local honey, and more.
Open Daily, 9AM-4PM
Originally an oxbow formed along the South Platte River, Turtle Pond features diverse habitats and micro-environments. Turtles, frogs, muskrats, raccoons, red foxes, and the occasional beaver all call it home.
May–October is peak season for weddings. With three unique venues and acres of backdrops you can’t find anywhere else, we’re one of the most coveted wedding locations near Denver.
We have many open spaces that are ideal for picnicking. You’re free to explore our thirty acres to find your perfect picnicking spot.
Honey Bee Apiary &
The Apiary is home to twenty beehives owned by community beekeepers. The bees pollinate plants within Hudson Gardens and the surrounding community.
Bob’s Pond (Water Garden)
Tour the incredible diversity of our planet’s aquatic plants without leaving Colorado! In addition to Victoria Water Lilies (native to South America), our water gardens include hardy water lilies native to Colorado, lotuses, and papyrus plants.
The Rose Garden
Stop and smell the roses. Our Rose Garden includes Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, and Climbing Roses. Learn more from our Master Rosarians at a “Meet the Rose Gardener” session (2021 dates will be posted on our calendar).
The Vegetable Garden
This garden is maintained in partnership with the CSU Extension-Arapahoe County Colorado Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The vegetables represent widely available and easily grown varieties from across Colorado. All vegetables are donated to local food banks.
We oversee acres of picturesque backdrops for family photos, engagement photos, senior photos, and more. Guests may photograph the grounds without a permit if the photos are solely for personal use. Professional and commercial photographers must purchase a permit.
Hudson Gardens is a birding hotspot. Bring a pair of binoculars and explore our thriving habitat by taking a self-guided bird walk. Guided bird walks are also offered each month through an Audubon Master Birder (2021 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Yoga/ Meditation/Fitness Classes
Bring your mat and choose a tranquil section of the gardens to find your zen!
Photo Credit: UCHealth
Plein Air Painting
Artists are always welcome to set up a canvas and capture the unique beauty of Hudson Gardens’ outdoor displays. Take advantage of unique landscapes and flexible hours: Hudson Gardens is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, so you’ll have plenty of chances to find the right natural lighting.
The River Garden (New!)
Phase I of the River Integration project is complete! This project improved connections between Hudson Gardens, the Mary Carter Greenway Trail (‘Trail’), and the South Platte River. Enjoy this new entry point between Hudson Gardens and the Trail where benches, public art, and planting beds surround an oval lawn.
This floral exhibit is one of our most colorful and cheerful spots, so it’s only fitting we name it after the co-founder of our property: Evelyn Hudson. Look for this oval-shaped exhibit across from the Garden Canopy.
The G-Scale Garden Railroad
The Garden Railroad chugs along a miniature town which mimics a Colorado landscape with waterfalls, a baseball field, and more. Watch the trains run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9–11:30 AM.
The Colorado Garden (New!)
The Colorado Garden features plants that grow well in our climate. It highlights plants that are native, drought-resistant, and colorful. We’ve designed this demonstration garden to showcase landscaping ideas that can add beauty to your yard while reducing your water use and supporting pollinators.
Summer Concert Series (2021 Season Canceled)
Our Summer Concert Series is known for an eclectic lineup of nationally prominent musicians, prime views from the grassy amphitheater, free parking, affordable drinks, and Denver’s best food trucks.
Brews & Views Beer Fest
All beer aficionados should add this event to their calendars. Brews & Views has built a loyal following by delivering a wide selection of quality brews, affordable ticket levels, stunning views, and live entertainment.