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East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society

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Address: 1601 Patterson Rd, Athens, TX 75751-5300
Phone Number: +1 903-675-5630
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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One hundred acres of wooded beauty, trees, flowers, and wildlife await your...

One hundred acres of wooded beauty, trees, flowers, and wildlife await your discovery at the East Texas Arboretum. The forest appears to come alive as you meander along two miles of woodland trails. Camouflaged frogs, insects, and even deer often scurry away as you pass. Make your way along winding, spring-fed streams connected by a 115-foot suspension bridge.

Experience life in early Henderson County at the historic Wofford House Museum. Built in 1850, the home was relocated to the Arboretum several years ago. It now stands as a reminder of early pioneer days complete with period furnishings, memorabilia, and a seasonal garden.

The Arboretum is available to host reunions, meetings, retreats, weddings, receptions, and picnics. Just imagine how beautiful a bride is when framed in the arbors of spring!

Come join us for a walk in the park!

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This arboretum is located in Athens Texas which to me is a very charming town . It cost $4 for adults and $3 for kids.. There is no parking fee. The place is excellent for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Vimari K
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This arboretum is located in Athens Texas which to me is a very charming town . It cost $4 for adults and $3 for kids.. There is no parking fee. The place is excellent for the entire family. Small kids can have a great running around time while the adults can relax and admire nature. We visited on a Sunday... More 

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Please DO come back soon! We are planting our Fall flowers today.....pansies, snapdragons, cabbage, kale, and swiss chard, etc.... More 

Athens, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Gorgeous Beds of flowers, hiking paths, vintage buildings....the arboretum has it all! We brought visitors from L.A., and they couldn't believe a town the size of Athens had such an amazing attraction. Popular for weddings and prom pics!

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Our guys work really hard keeping the grounds in tip top shape! Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming for two young guys, but they do their best. We do have volunteers that come and go, but could use them every day, if we had them! Come back to see us soon! Thanks again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I love coming here to just walk around and be in nature. It is kept very well clean and maintaind. There is also an old house to explore. It is only a few dollars to acess, and is more than worth it.

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are a non-profit and highly depend on volunteers to keep the park looking good. We only have two young guys that are employees and they do an amazing job! Please spread the word! Thanks again! More 

Mabank, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

It was early this spring when I last walked through this wonderland of flowers. Many interesting items and hundreds of floral species to enjoy. Spend a few hours just enjoying nature, listen to the birds and lovely breezes. Many helpful things to learn.

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Please tell your friends and neighbors to come out and enjoy!! Also, if you know of anyone that would like to Volunteer to help, have them give us a call. We are a non-profit and depend highly on volunteers. Come back to see us soon! Thanks again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Took a drive to Athens today to have lunch and visit the Arboretum. The cost is $4 for adult and you might need cash since there is a kiosk to leave your money. There is an office but I didn't go inside. It was sunny so I brought an umbrella. Leisurely stroll took me to see beautiful flowers and trees.... More 

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you awesome review! We are a struggling Non-Profit. We only have 4 employees and two of them are the grounds guys. We highly depend on volunteers to help keep the weeds in check. If you live in the area or know of someone who does, we would love to put them to work. It is... More 

Malakoff, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

This is a lovely place. The entrance and area in the front of the park are landscaped, have pretty gardens and buildings. There is also a newish Veteran's Memorial honoring those who have served from the local area. There are walking trails that are heavily wooded and we have taken our dogs for great hikes many times. I have heard... More 

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! The rain this year has been good and bad. We have grown some healthy weeds. If you know of anyone that would like to volunteer, send them our way! We always have something for them to do! Carolyn More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Wonderful walking nature trails. They don't appear to get a lot of use so very lush with vegetation. If it has rained recently, prepare for mud. The gardens are well-maintained. Gorgeous flowers everywhere. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

I have seen beautiful weddings at this location, inside or outside spots. Also my husband and I took our engagement pictures on the property in Nov. 2015. Love the pine trees, Wofford House, and pond! Beautiful location for a special occasion.

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review! Come back soon! The flowers and trees are ever changing. More 

Kemp, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

I've been to 2 Weddings, 2 Bridal showers, 1 maternity shower, and 1 golden anniversary there. It is a nice outdoor setting to celebrate family events or to have community events with friends, neighbors and co-workers.

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Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Looks like you are one of our regulars here! If you are ever here during the week 9 to 5, pop in and say Hi. Come back and see us soon! More 

Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I was very surprised at the ET Arboretum. The trails and gardens and old restored homes were great. Such a great place to visit

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Thank dmd-psd
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Where do you live? Are you local or out of town? Come back to see us when you get a chance! We change with the seasons. It is beautiful in the Fall too! More 

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