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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
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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Great retreat, fantastic gardens

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens and "The Arb" are two of the most beautiful places in Ann Arbor. The botanical gardens have a huge variety of interesting plants inside, plus a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Greg W
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens and "The Arb" are two of the most beautiful places in Ann Arbor. The botanical gardens have a huge variety of interesting plants inside, plus a large bonsai exhibit (my favorite), gardens, nature paths, and fruit and vegetable gardens outside. Not enough can be said about the Arb. Its seemingly endless trails plus the variety of... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The conservatory makes such. A nice stop during Michigan winters. And in the warmers seasons the outside gardens are beautiful. This is one of my favorite destinations in Ann Arbor.

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Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Nice area for walking and to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Still cold with mix of mud and snow on trails so unable to explore to much, but would be enjoyable in the spring, summer and fall months when the foliage is out and ever-changing.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

If you would like to find a quiet refuge.for a few hours - you couldn't find a more suitable place. Wander the paths, take your kids to the kid- friendly trail or enjoy the truly splendid enclosed botanical garden. There is a really thoughtful shop to find a special present to take with you or a waiting at home child.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I just love this place. Clean, beautiful trails and full of Birds (it has maximum number of Birds reported when compared with any place in the whole Washtenaw county) The Huron river flows through the edge of this park and is really nice to be there.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is small but nice for a town as small as Ann Arbor. Nichols Arboretum is a good place for a walk on a nice day.

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Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The koi pond was definitely my favorite part, but I also enjoyed all the desert-related plants off towards the back. I would definitely go back again.

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Flint
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I visit a lot of botanical gardens in our travels. This is well worth the trip if you like that kind of stuff. Indoor settings, outdoor gardens, and a quiet walk along a brook.

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Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The gardens and the arboretum are beautiful! There are walking paths for a nice stroll, and the gardens are beautiful in Spring and Summer. The arboretum has a wide variety of plants and exhibits. They hold plant swaps and flower exhibits, as well as seed exchanges.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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132 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My fiance and I took our engagement photos at the indoor part of the Botanical gardens. It was wonderfully warm and humid with lots of greenery, exotic smelling plants and flowers. We enjoyed our time there and our pictures turned out beautifully.

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