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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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A Wonderfully Warm Place!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Livonia, Michigan
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Livonia, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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Michigan
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Matthaei Botanical Gardens We did not use the trails due to lack of time and because the trees have not leafed out yet. The "gardens" near the headquarters conservatory building did not look that interesting this time of the year either. Hopefully we can visit during the summer so we can experience the true beauty of the various areas. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Botanical Gardens Trails are nicely done, it's so peaceful here. The children's garden is perfect of young children to explore. The greenhouse has a large variety of tropical plants, and a lot of cacti,

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Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

At about 5-7 miles from the Ann Arbor Downtown, Matthaei is sheer class in the Univeristy of Michigan area. This was my first visit to the place and I went there purely for photography and having a nice walk in the trails. With an indoor botanical garden and long nature trails in the outdoor, this place is a great experience.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Weny to a wedding in the small courtyard and it was very pretty. The water fountains and little ponds make it really nice. There were a lot of bees...but it also had a ton of beautiful wildflowers!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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Dearborn, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Spring was breaking and we attended an African Violet show at the Botanical Gardens this past weekend. We enjoyed the show, the outdoor pond with wildlife, and inside gardens. Having been through the outside gardens in the past, I can comment that they were a lovely stroll and exploration as well. Each visit seems to be different than the last... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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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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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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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