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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

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Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone Number: 734-647-7600
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Description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for...
A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
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The green heart of Ann Arbor...

Let's clarify that although affiliated, the Botanical Gardens and the Arb (as we affectionately call it!) are TWO different attractions. The Botanical Garden is an underestimated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Let's clarify that although affiliated, the Botanical Gardens and the Arb (as we affectionately call it!) are TWO different attractions. The Botanical Garden is an underestimated delight in Ann Arbor, since it is kind of off track -but this works to the advantage of us peace seekers, because it is never ever crowded... The small but luscious conservatory features tropical... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

When our Michigan winters get the best of us, we head here for a taste of "summer" Does the spirit and mind well to see some green. Nice variety of different plants, trees, and cacti. Also has a nice little gift shop as well.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Marvelous foliage and wonderful trails, year round. Old growth rhodies and beautiful new plantings, e.g., daffodils in Spring. Huron River and Amtrak are fun things and connection to Gallup Park and Island Park

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We where here on June 29. There is parking in front of the entrance and next to it. You have to pay the parking fee at the machine ($1.4/hour - $5 day) before you enter the building. It is a small conservatory, but there is enough to see. You can watch it also from a balcony. They just added a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is a real gem of a find outside of the main part of Ann Arbor, We went for a meeting but was really impressed with the gardens and operation. Come on U of M. Paid parking? Really?

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A delightful spot to find peace and calm for an hour or two during the summer. If you're doing a lot of sightseeing and are on the go, this is the place to catch your breath and do a bit of strolling indoors and out.

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Nichols Arboretum has many trails thru the wooded areas and near the river. Parking was a little bit of a challenge for us visitors not from Ann Arbor. We did find some staff who were more than willing to get us a parking pass. And we were very close to the entrance. We were too late for the rhododendron... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Conservatory has a beautiful collection of bonsai, and was a sight for sore eyes after the Michigan winter. The building is a more recent construction than the greenhouse at Belle Isle, with fewer architectural charms. We went to the orchid show and sale they have every April, and ended up leaving with as many plants as we could carry.... More 

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Galion, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My sister and I stopped here on the first day of our nine-day Canada trip (2015 June), because it was about the right distance after lunch to break up the driving before we got back into the car and headed for the motel. I'm glad we did. It's much nicer than I expected. The greenhouse portion contains several different climactic... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

New parking payment system is confusing and staff are unhelpful & just don't care. Will not provide any assistance.

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Address: Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone Number: 734-647-7600
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor

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