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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

37615 US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85273
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Superior
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Gardens
Activities: Walking
Description: Vegetation indigenous to the deserts of Arizona and elsewhere can be enjoyed by visitors.
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Casa Grande, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A great day trip for a little peace and quiet. The grounds are immaculate. The terrain and easy walking trials are a treat. Tennis shoes and a Camelback water pack are recommended. Upgrade to the membership when you visit for $50, you'll be back. Groupon had a membership sale about a year back. A dog friendly place too!

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New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Don't miss the arboretum, an easy hour-long drive from Phoenix, dates back to the mid-1920s, when it was founded by copper king Boyce Thompson. The two miles of comfortably walkable trails are sheltered by magnificent rock formations, including dim, ghostly caves for escaping the heat. Along the way you'll see splendid cactus, aloes, agave, roses and herbs, typical plants of... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I wish I could come back in Spring, but nevertheless I had a great time last November ! I would suggest a visit in early morning (more birds) or late evening (better light). The circuit is very well made, the plants gorgeous ! I wish there were more guided tours proposed but for this time of year it's not a... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A small garden/arboretum off Hwy 60, not far from valley. I have gone here on school field trip with my daughters class and stopped on way home after family vacation. The gardens are beautiful, the eucalyptus forest is a lot of fun. Do the hike around, see the little house on the side of the mountain and the suspended bridge.... More

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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Whenever we are in the Phoenix area we make sure we visit BTA. Whilst we have an interest in plants I'd recommend BTA to any one visiting the area. There are areas easily accessible for those who find walking difficult plus longer trails fo the more energetic. Exellent collections of plants ranging from cacti, succulents to bulbs, plus trees like... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you like plants this is a place you must not miss! Take your dog too in cool enough weather, it is dog friendly, you can walk the whole park in a day, & it is BOGO in Coyote coupon book!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This place is a gem for locals or those visiting the Phoenix/Mesa area. Enjoy the smell of fresh roses, the beautiful hummingbird garden and the spring desert in bloom. This is a place that I visit when I really need to connect with nature. If you are a local I recommend the annual pass, it's worth the couple extra dollars... More

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The allure of this place is unmistakable. The road trip from the valley allows you to experience the changes in topography and the cultural changes. Superior is a town full of history and worthwhile exploring. Make the trip and take out a membership if you live in the phoenix valley, You will not regret this

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Clifton, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Whenever I have the time, I like to spend a couple of hours walking through the BTA. Admission is only $10 for adults and be sure to get a map. Out front there is always a plant sale going on, which tempts me to no end. No matter which path you take, you'll loop back around to the entrance. I... More

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

So glad we finally made the trip from Tempe to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum! Both Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix & Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) are great to visit, but personally my husband & I prefer BTA despite the hour's drive from the Phoenix metro. Not only is BTA cheaper (admission $10/adult), but it also isn't typically as rushed/crowded... More

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