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Tropical Agriculture Research Station

2200 P. A. Campos Ave, 00680, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Mayaguez
Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: Offers self-guided tours through its tropical gardens.
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English first
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We got to the Station a little bit late on a Friday afternoon. Needless to say we could not get the guided walk through the area but we got to walk the area by ourselves before they close. Beautiful old trees and many species from all over the world. Still got to lay down on the lawn and hug a... More

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Keokuk, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Found this gem at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaquez. A walking distance from our hotel. The lady at the research center was very friendly and helpful. They have all sorts of tropical plants from other parts of the continent.There's jackfruit tree, cannonball tree, betel nut tree, Mangosteen to name a few. One of the employee gave us a madrono... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Arboretum best describes this place. We were stunned by the amazing variety of trees from all over the world. Even if trees aren't your thing, the stroll thru cool primarily shady grounds is refreshing. At the front desk they tell you to allow one half an hour to an hour. We were there for two hours but then, I love... More

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Long Beach Island, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The best attraction in Mayaguez is made even better by being free of charge! It is not easy to find, however, if you are not familiar with the vagaries of the ways of Puerto Rico's roadways and lack of directional signs. The research station lies just south of the campus of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez just off of... More

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Mayaguez
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89 reviews 89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The Tropical Agriculture Research Station (TARS) is a Federal U. S. Department of Agriculture facility. We take visitors to see the large, impressive, exotic trees and other plants. It is a treat, but it takes a few hours to enjoy. A number of online sites list some of their plants and show photos (e,g., http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/tropical-agriculture-research-station/; http://robertospuertorico.com/usda-tropical-agriculture-gardens-of-mayaguez/] There is no fee... More

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

The tropical agriculture research station is a great place to spend an hour or two. After you sign in, grab a map and hit the grounds. You can explore at your own pace and see as much or as little as you want to. Not everything is labeled and it can sometimes be a little hard to figure out which... More

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Boston, MA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a lovely place to walk around, but you're basically on your own. The extent of the guidance is the occasional sign near a tree. That can be limiting, since obviously there are a world of meanings that are closed books to nonspecialists. But you'll still enjoy seeing the variety of plants and trees here. This could be a... More

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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is one of the older Ag. Research Stations in Mayaguez, it has a great garden with paths. Take some time to wander.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Self guided tour - pamphlet is given when you sign in. You are free to wander the grounds. Spectacular variety of plants. I enjoyed it very much, plus horses were wandering around and crossed the street to the public park!

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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Ever wondered what vanilla, ginger, or guava looks like before it's picked and processed? This is your chance. Simply sign in (upstairs in the main building, which also has sumptuous restrooms) to receive a map and carte blanche to wander the densely planted grounds. Without visiting every plant, we spent more than two hours here, even though the map/brochure projected... More

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