Three-Mile Drive

Three-Mile Drive Closed as of November 13 due to snow and road conditions!!!
It will open again for the Spring season on April 15.

Be safe on Three-Mile Drive

Spring and summer bring change for Three-Mile Drive. As an official roadway of the University of Minnesota, sharing the road is necessary so all can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Arboretum.

Overview of "Rules of the Roadway":

  • Bicycles are welcomed back on the roadway (bicycle symbols are on center of roadway) and must abide by speed limits and are encouraged to announce yourself when approaching pedestrians from behind
  • Pedestrians are to use the newly marked pedestrian lane (parallel to roadway in most places) and encouraged to use the paved walkways and trails that bring you into the heart of the Arboretum
  • Motor vehicles must abide by speed limits and yield to others
  • Large passenger vans and buses 26' in length and under should check in at gatehouse to request permission to use Three-Mile Drive (For safety, larger coach vehicles are not permitted on Three-Mile Drive and should park in designated areas)

Note: Arboretum shuttles and/or tram service can be arranged for private groups/charters. Contact for more information.

Thanks for your patience, respect and cooperation as these changes take effect.

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Pedestrians are encouraged to use caution around vehicle traffic.  A striped lane on the right hand side of the road is designated for pedestrians when Three-Mile Drive is open to the Arboretum tram, circulators, other motorized visitor vehicles and bicycles.

For the safety of all, pedestrians are encouraged to use the system of signed pathways and trails that typically run parallel to Three-Mile Drive. Bicyclists are expected to abide by vehicle rules of the roadway including speed limits and yielding to pedestrians in cross-walk areas.

Three-Mile Drive is a fully paved roadway that winds through the various collections and landscapes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Personal vehicles are typically allowed to drive this road from April to November. (The exact open and close dates will be announced, as they depend on weather.) Walkers are welcome year 'round.

Bicycles on Three-Mile Drive
Since spring 2014, bicycles have been permitted on Three-Mile Drive, an official University of Minnesota roadway.   Bicyclists are expected to practice responsible riding, abide by roadway speed limits and yield to pedestrians in cross-walk areas. The Arboretum parallel system of signed pathways and trails offers a safer and more scenic alternative for pedestrians walking on Three-Mile Drive.  However, pedestrains who choose to continue walking on the roadway will be directed to walk in the signed pedestrian lane on the right side of the roadway--so bicyclists should use extreme caution. Scooters, skateboards and in-line skates are not allowed on Three-Mile Drive.

Minnewashta Parkway Trail
For bicyclists passing through the Arboretum on this regional bicycling trail, there is no admission charge. If bicyclists wish to stop and visit the gardens and grounds, enter Arboretum buildings or use walkways and trails, a $5 day pass is required for trail users age 16 and up. Arboretum members and visitors ages 15 and under, with a paying adult, are free. For a day pass, please pay at the Visitor Center or at secure lock box at trail entrance. Please lock your bike securely at bicycle racks only and affix day pass tag. Thank you for your cooperation.

Three-Mile Drive features five rest stops and pick-up spot for Bee-Line Shuttles, which operate from late spring to early fall. The rest stops provide partial shelter, visitor map and information on nearby trails and gardens. Rest stops are located at Home Demo Garden, Harrison Sculpture Garden, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center (regular hours Thursdays and Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays), Maze Garden, a stop at Ordway Picnic Shelter, Learning Center. There also is limited seating for visitors waiting for next timed arrivals of the Bee-Line Shuttles (which operate Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. summer to fall).

Special Note:

Bee Line Shuttles will be operating until Sunday, Oct 28th and then are finished for the seasom until April 15th, 2019.

Bee-Line Shuttle

Visitor Shuttles

Get on board one of the two nine-passenger Bee-Line Visitor Shuttles powered by TORO, for FREE hop-on/hop-off transportation along Three-Mile Drive and beyond!

These vehicles are in operation on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with five stops:

  • Home Demonstration Garden (at entrance to Three-Mile Drive)
  • Harrison Sculpture Garden
  • Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center
  • Maze Garden
  • Ordway Picnic Shelter

Four of the shuttle stops feature continuously-running videos that show visitors what there is to see in the area. Get to the heart of the Arboretum to explore trails, gardens and collections.