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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 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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very close to Ann Arbor and always a fun visit. We love walking the long path through the fields, meadows, and a loop around teh more formal gardens. Very peaceful.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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141 reviews 141 reviews
52 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Great Green House, manicured gardens, labeled trails, and picnic areas. Admission is free but you pay for parking $1.25 and hour. So, you can spend as long or as little as you like but if a group is going I would suggest car pooling. You will not be dissapointed if you love the out of doors. They also have classes... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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211 reviews 211 reviews
44 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful gardens indoor and out that are free but you can make a donation to support. Tiny parking fee that you pay at a machine, cash or credit card. My family spent just under two hours here and thouroughly enjoyed it. Even my kids loved it. My son especially loved the bonsai trees because he just finished watching Karate Kid.

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Northampton
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Excellent conservatory, gardens and walking trails and small shop. Several types of small gardens and children's garden with building area Small charge for car parking

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Now is a great time to visit Matthaei since our resident Agave Americana has decided to bloom after 80 years. Read about it in USA Today, ABC News etc. It is now going through the roof and the conservatory has removed part of that roof to accommodate it. Once it finishes the blooming process, it will die like a true... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This attraction has two parts: the Botanical Garden (on Dixboro Road) and the Arb (near the School of Public Health and the hospitals). The Botanical Gardens has changing exhibits and (I think) is best appreciated in the middle of winter! Warm, green and humid -- wonderful in January. There are gardens outside of the greenhouse as well as a number... More

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Milan, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our quick trip to the botanical gardens to see the agave. The agave is blooming for the first time in it's 80 year lifetime. It is quite the attraction in Ann Arbor. We forgot how much we enjoyed the plants and flowers indoors and the grounds outside. It is a hidden gem in Washtenaw... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place is great. My one complaint is that you now have to pay for parking but other than that the place is free. The indoor green house is wonderful with many exotic and native plants, hidden pools and room to sit and reflect. The children's garden is a great place for little kids to run and play (make sure... More

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I would like to say that there rattlesnakes in the gardens so be careful where to step. I've never been there before though I heard a boy got bite by one the rattlesnakes.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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175 reviews 175 reviews
23 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great spot to take kids. My wife and I brought my grandson and granddaughter for a week day outing. The gardens do not charge an entrance fee but do charge for parking which is fair as they need a revenue source. The main building has three gardens from different ecosystems. I would visit soon as the century... More

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