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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 #5 of 32 Attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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88 reviews 88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

All of the Gardens are free now, but you need to pay for parking. The conservatory is a great place to come in the winter to get away from the cold weather. The outdoor trails are extensive and flat. Don't miss the perennial gardens in the summer.

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Corydon, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Very pretty place to walk and have a picnic. The gardens are beautiful and the trails are easily manuevered. Great place to go to for a morning, afternoon or evening walk!

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12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

there is a perennial garden, an herb garden, a newly planted Great Lakes garden, a children's garden, walking trails, and a warm tropical greenhouse/conservatory especially welcome in winter. the staff and volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful, always welcoming visitors. admission is free, and paid parking for a modest fee. matthai was recently named the fifth best university botanical garden... More

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Minneapolis
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is an easy place to get to and has great and diverse hiking trails! Parking can be tricky during the week, but you can park in the adjoining neighborhoods and access the park from the side opposite the parking lot.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I took my mother here to see the beautiful environment created by the Botanical Gardens indoor setting. It was nice to be in a warm, moist tropical garden while it was cold and blustery outside. I was surprised that you have to pay for parking now however!

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FINGER LAKES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were in Ann Arbor for a wedding, with time to kill and looking for an outdoor attraction. We found this place on tripadvisor. The botanical gardens are some of the best we have visited on the east coast. The trails are very nice also and there are a number of options of length and difficulty.

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Ann Arbor
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lots of beautiful flowers and grounds are very nice. Inside the arboretum is also very nice, lots to see and learn about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This was a very nice, relaxing stroll though outdoor and indoor gardens. The outdoor nature trails are NOT paved though. Most are grass, not even dirt. So be warned that it isn't handicap friendly. However, for a FREE attraction it is pretty well put together. The flowers outside were at the end of season, so I imagine it would be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Was just expecting some nice exhibits and some smaller gardens but the true beauty here is the walk along the river. Very good for some mindful meditation if you're into it or just to feel like you're on a hike through the woods. Definitely some good spots for writing and reflection.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The conservatory (greenhouse) is divided into tropical, temperate and desert climates with plants that represented each. Absolutely stunning. Large collection of bromeliads, some gigantic. There was an agave in bloom - its flower stalk was so tall that glass had to be removed from the roof to allow for it to full extend. The theme gardens (formal knot, perennial, native... More

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