The Cultural Gardens are in Rockefeller Park, which stretches between I-90/East Shoreway (which runs along Lake Erie) to the north and University Circle on the southern end.
There are two levels to the Gardens – the East Boulevard level and the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard level. If you’re coming from either direction on the Shoreway, get off at the University Circle/MLK exit and go south. You’ll come upon a statue of Mother Teresa in the Albanian Garden immediately to your left. You can continue going straight south on MLK, and you will see the many Gardens of the lower level.
If you turn left, or east, on one of the side streets along MLK (St. Clair, Parkgate), those roads will take you to the East Boulevard level of the Cultural Gardens.
If you’re coming in from the southern end of the Gardens, turn north on one of the major streets (Chester, Euclid, E. 105th) and travel toward the lake. Travel past the tennis courts and the Rockefeller Lagoon at the northern end of the park.
The Cultural Gardens also can be accessed from nearby residential streets, such as Parkgate and Parkside to the east and Ansel Road and St. Casimir’s Way to the west.
Lastly, if all else fails, use your GPS and plug in one of the addresses for the individual gardens (all the Gardens have addresses). The address for the Italian Garden is 990 East Boulevard, and the address for the India Garden is 1190 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Big event days aside (see our One World Day web page), there is ample street parking available on the west side of MLK and on the east side of East Boulevard and its side streets.
Larger events such as One World Day have plenty of portable restrooms and food and beverage options. On a normal day you should pack your own food and drink when you visit the Gardens and be aware that restroom facilities are very limited. Visitors to the gardens may use the restrooms at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse which is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Greenhouse is located at 750 E 88th St, Cleveland, OH 44108 near the north end of the gardens.
Things to do nearby
If you’re making a day of it, there are many other amenities and places to eat nearby the Gardens (though you’ll need to hop in your car to get there). University Circle is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Museum of Natural History, and other fine institutions. Several eateries can be found along Euclid Avenue.