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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85713
Phone Number: +1 520-689-2811
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Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just one hour east of Phoenix, Arizona. Three miles of garden paths and trails wind through 392 acres of plant exhibits and striking landscapes. Over 2,600 different types of plants from the deserts of Australia, North and South America, southern Africa, and other arid-land regions of the world blend seamlessly into an incomparable natural setting. Nestled along Queen Creek at the foot of Picketpost Mountain, the Arboretum is a haven for plant lovers, photographers, birders, and nature enthusiasts of all ages.

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Nothing Shy of Magical

I drive two and a half hours to get to this place. It's an absolutely delightful place with winding trails where you can walk through beautiful and diverse scenery. You'll be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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113 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I drive two and a half hours to get to this place. It's an absolutely delightful place with winding trails where you can walk through beautiful and diverse scenery. You'll be amazed by not just the unusual plants but by the settings with cliffs and rock outcroppings. It's a gem of a place and much more impressive than any of... More 

Thank Skelt440
Lloydminster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After our initial walking tour through the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, we have been returned with guests to share this valley gem. I totally admit that going to “look at plants” did not initially excite me … but the phenomenal scenery along a beautifully groomed path through a vast desert ravine was spectacular. I continue to find myself taking fascinating pictures... More 

Thank DKRobertson
Gilbert, Arizona
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum many times. When company comes into AZ for a visit we always take them there. It is located in Superior, AZ. A very old mining town, the gardens are Awesome with native desert plants. Much better than the Arboretum in downtown Phoenix in the flight path of the airport.

Thank goldviper
Seattle, Washington
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We liked this better than the cactus garden in Phoenix. There was so much to see, and we missed a lot even with a two-hour visit. The AAA Tour Book suggests "one hour minimum" -- but you really need more time. Or more visits. Good plant labels, diverse eco-zones, happy flora and fauna, a tiny gift shop with some unusual... More 

Thank AgendaGirl
Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Having been a resident of AZ for over 30 years, Boyce Thompson is still my "go-to" place for relaxation, meditation, and education. Whether it's the seasonal plant sale, guided nature hikes with outstanding instructors, photo classes, culinary workshops, or night-time black light searches, BTA is at the top of my list. We chose to hold our wedding there in October... More 

Thank DrSueWolf
Gosport, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We stopped here on a tour as we were passing through, last admittance is quite early out of season so check the times. When you leave the visitor's centre apart from some rest rooms nearby there is no where else to find any drinking water so make sure you take plenty with you. They provide a map and theres lots... More 

Thank Wendyonthesouthcoast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I went there around May 2015. The weather is getting warm. Make sure to bring water. You will see different kind of plants and nature. It is a great place to get some fresh air!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We have been going here for about 35 years and it gets more wonderful every year. We went yesterday for the first time in several years and we don't know why we haven't been. They are continuously upgrading the grounds and facilities. They let you walk well behaved dogs through the arboretum (bring doggie clean up bags!), they sell wonderful... More 

Thank Linda S
Dunkirk, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We came here in August with young kids and had the place to ourselves. This is a great introduction to Sonoran desert flora, with themed trails based on different parts of the world. If you live locally, you can purchase plants here for use in your yard. There is a children's garden with a small maze, many looped trails, fountains,... More 

Thank lovesmaryland
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We liked to walk along the trails, enjoy the beauty of nature and see different landscapes where other plants grow. We liked to watch animals, birds, rabbits squirrels etc. We especially like to breath fresh air outside of Phoenix.

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