Visiting the Linnaeus Arboretum

A view from the Interpretive Center

We welcome visitors to the Linnaeus Arboretum year-round; each season provides a different experience. Come explore our self-guided educational trails on foot, skis, snowshoes, or bike. Dogs and ATVs are not allowed in the arboretum.

The arboretum is open during daylight hours throughout the year. The Melva Lind Interpretive Center is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and is also available for rental. To contact arboretum personnel call (507) 933-6181.

Directions to the Linnaeus Arboretum

The Linnaeus Arboretum is located on the south end of Gustavus Adolphus College campus. The college is located 60 miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

  • From the north, continue on Highway 169 (Minnesota Avenue) southbound through St. Peter, turn right (west) on College Avenue, and go up the hill to the campus. At the campus entrance take a left and follow the campus drive up the hill. The Linnaeus Arboretum is located on your left after the first stop sign, visitor parking is available just outside the entrance.
  • From the east, on Highway 99 into St. Peter, turn left at the intersection of Broadway (Highway 99) and Minnesota Avenue (Highway 169). Continue south on Minnesota Avenue (Highway 169) until you reach College Avenue, turn right (west), go up the hill to the campus. At the campus entrance take a left and follow the campus drive up the hill. The Linnaeus Arboretum is located on your left after the first stop sign, visitor parking is available just outside the entrance.
  • From the south, continue on Highway 169 (Minnesota Avenue) northbound through St. Peter, turn left (west) on College Avenue, and go up the hill to the campus. At the campus entrance take a left and follow the campus drive up the hill. The Linnaeus Arboretum is located on your left after the first stop sign, visitor parking is available just outside the entrance.
  • From the west, on eastbound Highway 99 into St. Peter, turn left (north) on Minnesota Avenue (Highway 169). Continue north to College Avenue, turn left (west), and go up the hill to the campus. At the campus entrance take a left and follow the campus drive up the hill. The Linnaeus Arboretum is located on your left after the first stop sign, visitor parking is available just outside the entrance.

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