Five Senses Garden

Garden Areas

Five Senses GardenAbout the Garden

A one-of-a-kind sensory experience started on the Capital Area Greenbelt in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1996 … The Five Senses Gardens has held its ground (and flowers and wildlife) despite torrential floods and environmental adversity, with help from volunteers and the skillful hands of its groundskeepers. Like the butterflies drawn to the variety of plants in each of the gardens, visitors flock to The Gardens to experience the natural sensations, carefully cultivated to challenge the five senses. An intense, personal connection with nature has prompted some visitors to utilize The Five Senses Gardens as a site for vow exchanges or as a final resting place for ashes of beloved family members. The miracle of nature fosters a sense of peace and tranquility that has led to therapeutic relief and wonderment for all ages.

Hours & Free Tours

The garden is open Sunrise to Sunset Daily including holidays. Free Tours are held by appointment. To schedule a tour email:


Volunteers are needed year-round to help out at the Gardens. Each season brings its unique requirements for the care and maintenance of the site. Please volunteer to help, to keep this unique treasure in fine shape to be enjoyed by all. Email for more information.

Directions (Google Maps)

From Harrisburg:

  • Take Interstate 83 North to Exit 45 (Paxtang Street, Harrisburg Mall).
  • From the exit, go to the traffic light and turn left.
  • Go straight to second traffic light, Mall Road and turn right.
  • Go past the Dauphin County Prison on the right.
  • At the stop sign, turn right.

The Five Senses Gardens will be visible on the right as you cross the bridge over Spring Creek. The Five Senses Gardens entrance is 100 yards from the bridge.


  • The Handicapped parking area and access ramp is located behind the McDonalds off Paxton Street.
  • There is a large parking area across Route 441 from the Gardens.