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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-647-7600
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Ranked #3 of 32 attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
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ann arbor, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We love to go and visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens because of their beauty and peaceful atmosphere.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The Arb is one of AA's true gems. From the trails that follow along the Huron River to the stunning Peony gardens in the springtime it offers unparallelled sights, sounds & smells.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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112 reviews 112 reviews
46 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

there is no better spot to view nature at its finest. The wildflowers and wildlife you will see are remarkable.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Visited in September 2013. It is free to visit, though you do have to pay for the car park, which takes credit cards. It is quite a large garden but is easy to walk. It is a garden at various stages, some are in development, being re-done and others are in their prime. The Bonsai garden I am sure will... More

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The conservatory is a fantastic place to go in the winter- one can browse the extensive and attractively arranged plant collection while also enjoying the warm and humid air. It's a good place for nature sketching and quiet contemplation. We did not explore the trails on this visit, but they are definitely a pleasant place for walking when the weather... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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72 reviews 72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I try to make it to the Arboretum as frequently as I can. It's a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy Michigan nature in all seasons! I especially like that it is dog friendly - as long as your pup is on a leash. There are lots of trails and also wide open spaces to have a picnic or... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This park (The Arb) has lots to offer year-round. It's hilly too so beware. Parking can be a problem or intimidating but there are several nearby lots. There is one or two port-o-potties & a drinking fountain at the trail head on Washington Heights one way street. Interesting place to hike in winter and lots to do/see in summer. It... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Nice place to let the kids run around and explore. My daughter loved the vegetable garden, and my boys had fun building crazy forts with the huge branches and bricks.

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Canton, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My son (3) and I adore going here year round. The Children's Garden is fabulous and has a lot to offer kids whatever the season may be. The indoor area is really nice year round as well, but an especially nice treat in the cooler months after being outside for awhile. The trails are well maintained and there is an... More

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Troy, Michigan
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It was really nice experience, spent around couple of hours with the family. My 3 year old liked it a lot.

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