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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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Well worth the visit in various seasons

We first visited the gardens in the winter of 2014. There are parking kiosks in front of the main entrance, with each hour costing $1.40. This was a bargain for the general... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We first visited the gardens in the winter of 2014. There are parking kiosks in front of the main entrance, with each hour costing $1.40. This was a bargain for the general public, considering we were within a few feet of the entrance. Keep in mind too that while there is a fee for PARKING, entrance into the gardens are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have been trying to get our video gamers away from their screens more. This was one place we forced them to go that they really liked. The boys were 13, 11,and 9 my daughter was 5. It was easy to keep track of them in a public place. They loved playing tag in the little maze and especially liked... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Although we went on a cold day before foliation, the trails and surrounding area were still beautiful. We were even able to see a few deer less than 20 feet from the trail. Looking forward to going back now with the plants flourishing.

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

You can easily spend an hour or a day exploring the grounds of Matthaei Gardens, depending on how you prefer to interact with nature.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

First off, there is a price to pay to see the gardens. You do have to pay for parking. Second, the greenhouse is worth the parking fee. There is lots to see in the greenhouse that is unique and cool. Third, the outside gardens are not worth seeing. Yes, most of the plants right now had finished blooming, but the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

I visited the conservatory and the arboretum in May. I Have to say that is the perfect time to visit. The bloom time around the trails, the fragrance in the air and evergreen plants variety in the conservatory were tje highlights on the visit. Entry was free which was amazing, but after seeing the maintained garderns, I could not stop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I've spent innumerable hours in the Arb in nearly every kind of situation. It's truly a magical place. Go any time of year, all times of the year and experience the changes of the seasons. Go with friends or go alone. It's an incredible space to explore and incredibly safe.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

End April. The forest was dry, the trees were bare and the flowers were missing. Except for the meadow which was a lush green, the overall color was a drab brown-grey. Thanks to the absence of foliage, anise magnolia and star magnolia with white flowers and no leaves stood out in the stark countryside. As did the birds. We saw... More 

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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Operated by Univ of Michigan, great tropical and subtropical collection of plants in conservatory. Children's garden and outdoor gardens not in full operation till June. Free admission, donation suggested, gift shop and small parking fee. Many things in bloom here in late April

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I've been going to the Matthaei Gardens for years. I especially like the conservatory. Its a wonderful place where one can walk amongst tropical plants and feel jungle-like warmth on a cold winter day in Michigan.

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