Set just outside our main building, this half-acre visitor park is the perfect place for planning your journey through our outdoor exhibits. Nature-based climbers complete with rope walks, climbing webs, and balance logs beckon the brave and curious.
Be sure to take a swing through Sound Garden before you start your adventures through the park!
Gateway Park was funded by generous donors to our Climbing Higher campaign.
Learn the Ropes!
Slip Sliding Away
Diggers and Dumptrucks
Climbing builds brains
Climbing can help build muscles, but there’s one body part it’s especially good for—brains! Climbing lets young children improve their coordination, balance, and agility, as well as hone their gross motor skills. When they explore structures like our nontraditional Gateway Climber, they make choices about where to climb that help develop decision making, spatial awareness, and memory skills.