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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone Number: 734-647-7600
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Ranked #4 of 26 Attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
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Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite places to visit in Ann Arbor! Mathai Botanical Gardens has a large greenhouse and exotic flowers plants and fish indoors for all seasons and outdoors has a beautiful bonsai exhibit as well as a number of other gardens. My two year old son utterly loves coming here to see the gigantic goldfish. Parking is challenging but... More 

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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I'm in love with Nichols Arboretum. Being that I'm a trail runner, I'm always looking for trails for running when I'm traveling. If one uses all the singletrack trails in the Arb, you can get do about a six mile run. You can run along the Huron River on one side. There are stairs, overlooks with views, and some great... More 

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Chatham, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We have visited The Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum on several occasions with our grandson. It is a spot we all enjoy. The various gardens display a variety of flora and provide interesting contrasts. It is a walk around space, so children can enjoy a certain amount of activity, within reason! Added bonus, the outdoor flora also provide habitat for... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I'm not sure why these are listed together - I suppose they're operated by a single entity. The Botanical Gardens are northeast of Ann Arbor, and the Arboretum (or "The Arb" as we locals always call it) is in town on the east side. Both are great places to go spend an afternoon in a curated natural area, peaceful and... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Although my visit took place on a cold, blustery day, there was much warmth in the visit to these gardens. I was first impressed with the colorful mosaics decorating the entryway, then made my way in to the arboretum to enjoy the natural colors. The building is divided into climate-centered zones from arid with dozens of types of cacti to... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is one of the few places I don't mind paying for parking.It is simply a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours enjoying the natural world. It has plants that are spectacular , nice trails and gardens. I only wish they leave the gardens open later in the fall.They close about 6 pm

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

it's always beautiful and peaceful. i especially liked the peony garden, but parking is always crowded and difficult.

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Canton, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The trails here are really nice - I do about 6 miles a week here. I've seen many deer early in the mornings. Go early to see the deer and enjoy the trails as peacefully as possible.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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56 helpful votes 56 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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