Michigan City, IN 219-872-7477
Tucked in the valley surrounding Trail Creek, Friendship Botanic Gardens are 100 acres of forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens that have been a tourist destination since 1936. Visit Lake Lucerne, a spring fed lake and home to muskrats, geese and turtles. The woods are home to deer, raccoons, groundhogs, squirrels, foxes, coyotes and wild turkeys. The songs of birds are heard in the quiet of this valley surrounded by hills. The grounds are accessed by walking earthen trails and lawns. Self-guiding garden tours and nature trails delight and inform visitors. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.