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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: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
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FINGER LAKES
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Ann Arbor, Mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The University has both an arboretum close to central campus and a botanical gardens near North Campus. The arboretum (the Arb) is a great place to walk and explore. You can go to the Huron river, and see lots of nature. In May there is a Peony garden display as well as tons of wild flowers. The botanical garden has... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The garden is a living museum exhibit of historic peonies that is open free for all - See more at: http://mbgna.umich.edu/peony/ Breathtaking aromas and a vivid display of contrasting colors is welcoming yearly a plethora of visitors from all over the world.This is a must have experience that could be combined with an artistic event taken place in the vicinity... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We have been coming to Matthaei for several years and became members last year. We love it and try to come at least once a month. There are several trails of various length so you can select one that suits your time frame. One of the wonders and beauty of nature is it's constantly changing visage. The trails are loosely... More

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Urbana, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a beautiful place! We saw a huge Agave plant that actually goes through the roof. The cacti were very unique. We enjoyed roaming the outside gardens and seeing the bonsai bushes.

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Stayner, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I can't believe this place is free. We would probably still be there if it weren't so hot out. We came in to see Ann Arbor and this was a stopover. Beautiful place. The flowers are ALL beautiful. All you do is pay $ 1.40 hr for parking or $ 5.00 for the day. We left a considerable donation at... More

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