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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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Activities: Walking
Description: 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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Scenic, quiet

If you enjoy nature and walking trails this is a good place to go. They have some shady areas and an area to take a picnic lunch. Beautiful plants, trees, scenery abound.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Florence, Arizona
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Florence, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy nature and walking trails this is a good place to go. They have some shady areas and an area to take a picnic lunch. Beautiful plants, trees, scenery abound.

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Winnipeg Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We took a general tour with volunteer Rich. It end up being 2.5 hours but flew by. Rich has a wealth of info to share. Dessert flowers were in bloom, got many pics of humming birds and learned a lot about the geology of the area and about the plant life. So much to see. Can't wait to go again... More 

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Wyoming
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Very well designed educational arboretum. I could spend some of every day here immersed in the numerous comfortable nooks of plants, birds and wildlife. It never ceases to amaze me how many varieties of desert plants and environments are displayed here. The design of the grounds offers many places to relax and view the wildlife (and people) visiting. The gift... More 

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newton,ma
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

While visiting my sister and her husband, recently, in El Mirage, they suggested a trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Always interested in learning more about the dessert terrain, I agreed to go. I was not sorry that I did. Lots of interest to see there-numerous walks one can take and several highlights of clusters of plant types eg cacti,... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
12 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

You can take a pleasing walk along an undulating but easy path or increase the rigour of your hike and do the high trail, which is moderately challenging. Regardless, you see amazing rocks and cliffs and learn to identify more plants than you'll be able to remember. In February the entrance fee was a modest $10 per adult. We spent... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Arboretum has a beauty and peace that is enchanting. Everywhere you turn there is something interesting and beautiful to see. It is wonderfully designed so that one may wonder through a variety of experiences -- different types of plantings from a variety of desert areas, there is both sun and shade, and it does not feel contrived but rather... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This arboretum thrives in arid country because of a water supply and is very worthwhile for any Phoenix area visitor who likes nature. It's about 50 miles east of the city but is easily reached. It has a Eucalyptus forest, a cactus garden, a South American exhibit, and, of course, a Sonoran natural area, plus very enjoyable nature trails. We... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to the BTA it was during the fall and the fall migration of birds were coming thru, I can't wait to go again in the spring for the spring migration of Hummingbirds! Take water and extra film there are a lot of different trails to explore, so if walking is a problem use a wheel... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Loved this place. Took a guided tour and it was fun and educational. Learned about the area, the arboretum's history and the plants. Lots of birds so bring binoculars. Also a nice place for a picnic lunch. Bring a water bottle, there are a few drinking fountains to refill it as needed. Many trails to choose from, level and easy... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My family and I drove down to check out the arboretum after reading the other reviews. We had a toddler with us and we all enjoyed the trip. The main trail was a leisurely hike with many vistas and sites to see along the way. Our favorites were the succulent garden, children's section and the suspension bridge. The $10 admission... More 

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