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Arnold Arboretum

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Address: 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130
Phone Number: +1 617-524-1717
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Part of Olmsted's famous Emerald Necklace, America's oldest public...

Part of Olmsted's famous Emerald Necklace, America's oldest public arboretum has 265 beautiful acres of trees, shrubs and vines.

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Step out of the Noise and into a Jewel

How often do we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in woodlands, meadows and meandering gardens? Although this is a 'teaching facility', it's a living arboreal museum... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Rangeley, Maine
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Rangeley, Maine
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141 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How often do we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in woodlands, meadows and meandering gardens? Although this is a 'teaching facility', it's a living arboreal museum, priceless in its collection of plants worldwide, collected and assembled in the 19th Century prior to restrictions. Unfortunately, it's being loved-to-death. So, walk the perimeter side paths, ascend the hills and creeks away... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guides are enthusiastic and very learned but the experience is accessible to all and children will not be bored.

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Guanajuato, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tired of the noise and crazy Boston urban center, you don't have a car...escape to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. I enjoy it and have returned 2-3 times since discovery. The park is easily accessible by the orange line (Forest Hills stop), 25min from the city centre. It has several paths and different natural landscapes (continental forest, japanese garden,... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Leisurely walks through groomed trails, the species of trees, plans and ferns carefully laid out, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, owned and maintained by Harvard University, it is a gem.

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Arnold Arboretum is a genuine treasure of Boston. The grounds and flora are beautiful. Going in the early summer is probably the best time as most things are in bloom. The variety is extensive and a fun place to go with your family.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Such a chill way to spend an afternoon. The park is set up in different sections to display a wide variety of trees and other plants. There is plenty of signage to teach you about the fauna. The park is also incredibly pet friendly (on leash).

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, peaceful place for a walk. In the fall it is especially picturesque. Autumn colours are later this year due to the summer drought in Massachusetts, and when we visited in early October many of the trees were still green or just starting to turn, giving a hint of the colours to come. Pick up... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Fall is an amazing time at the Arb- so many different paths to try and the leaves are gorgeous. Plan to go many times to explore the whole thing!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This museum of trees is worth a few hours of your time. Go for a nice walk, perhaps bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day. Have never been there in the fall yet but can imagine that that would be beautiful too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Very nice arboretum with many beeches and oaks in a very pretty environment. The "museum" is very small and not worth more than 10 minutes visit.

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This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct community unique and separate from the bustle of other areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, large green space well worth a visit if you venture to JP.
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