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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85713
+1 520-689-2811
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Superior
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: 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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Markham, Ontario
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

This Arboretum is an educational treat. We are from Ontario, Canada so the guided tour by volunteer Rich was fantastic. Two and a half hours of information about plants, animals, birds, butterflies, rock formations and history flew by. The walk is easy in constantly changing surroundings. Check their web site for tours and special events; we did and we were... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A place of mysterious, magical beauty rich many amazing little microclimates of macroproportion. A treasure for any person who has any interest in plants, nature, deserts, and aesthetic greatness.

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Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Gorgeous gardens and examples of Arizona flora and fauna! The normal "trail hike" is a flat and relatively easy 1.5 miles round trip. With places to stop and rest along the way, very doable for people that can't handle a desert hike. Love that they also sell plants outside of arboretum.

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Gilbert, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The Arboretum is absolutely lovely - it is off the beaten path so in my two visits has never been crowded enough that I felt like I was tripping over fellow visitors. What makes it so unique is the change in landscape and scenery in a relatively short distance. What I love is the greenery and trees - it is... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Please take a moment and experience the wide varity of cactus, succulents, trees and other plants that you will experience. This is a very large arboretum that takes you from plants common in Sonora to those of Australia.

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West Linn, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I had never visited the arboretum, even though it is not far from our winter home in the desert. Once I was there, I couldn't believe I'd never been before. What a beautiful, peaceful place to spend a few hours walking the easy trails and enjoying the fragrant smells and observing the varied birds and butterflies. There are many trails,... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We loved this arboretum. The walk was warm at about 95 mid day but there are lots of places for you to relax before moving on. Bottled water is available at the gift shop however, there are water fountains in several locations and even dog bowls filled with water. We found about 3 couples walking but really had the entire... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Arboretum is quite a trek from Phoenix, but it is worth it. The park is set around a gorgeous magma ridge, with a path that takes you around the whole thing, and allows access to a high trail for the more adventurous. One portion of the trail is steep risa and drop, so it is not totally accessible, but... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My wife and I are members here. Every time we've gone has been a different experience in terms of what is blooming, what birds or butterflies can be seen, etc. The staff are great. Plus, bring some extra cash to buy plants for sale in their nursery. We've even started an herb garden of our own. Some great books here... More

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Deming, New Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is no ordinary botanical garden. It's over 300 acres with good paths and vegetation from all over the world. The huge eucalyptus trees were spectacular. Around each corner was a surprise - coyotes, squirrels, sculpture, a suspension bridge, old dwellings, exotic plants and trees, benches, a lake, tree canopies, a herb garden. Absolutely breathtaking. We will make... More

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