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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Address: 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85713
Phone Number: +1 520-689-2811
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Superior
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just one hour east of...
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Type: Gardens, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

2 hour walking tour around the park. Our guide was wonderful. So much incredible information about the plants and animals in the park. The main path was easy enough to walk. One section of the trail is steep but you skip that part if it is difficult for you. The guide told us before we entered the steep part and... More 

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New Castle
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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I prefer the mountains rather than the desert but this place is so very interesting that it makes me want to learn more about the desert. It is truly an oasis, not to be missed. You can spend all day just wandering around, and you should definitely take your time.

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Baker City, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Tucked in creek-side, this arboretum is a magical place that seems bigger on the inside than the out! Native plants and imported species coexist beautifully, with unexpected effect. We loved the "high trail" that hugged the massive cliffs above Queen Creek, winding upward through boulders, shaded from the afternoon sun. As others have said, for such a well-maintained park, there... More 

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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have visited a number of "desert" botanical gardens/museums in Phoenix, Tucson, and Palm Desert, but spouse and I agree, this is our favorite. Varied terrain, lots of trails, well-labelled plants, plenty of shady spots to sit, rest, and enjoy. While lots of information is provided, it still feels wild and natural. There were lots of cars in the parking... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

One of the best attractions we visited during our one week stay in the Phoenix area. The guided walk was entertaining and informative. You will miss a lot if you choose to go it on your own. The guides know a great deal about the plants, animals, geology and history of the area. This is not a rushed tour and... More 

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Fairbanks, AK
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great trails and signage, most beautiful arboretum I've been too. Nice gift shop. Dog friendly. Lots of trails to choose from.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a well arranged place to walk around and see the desert plants of not only Arizona but other continents. There is plenty of shade and you can bring a picnic if you like. The guided tour is worthwhile to understand what you're seeing and learn the history of the area, and there's a great gift shop with plenty... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Superior was nearly an hour from where we were staying, but we were so glad that we went! If you are not from the Southwest, there are lots of interesting plants and trees to see. The park is laid out in an easy to navigate manner and the trails are well-kept. Be sure that you have on comfortable walking shoes,... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Beautifully maintained, with lovely paths to follow, and informative/interesting signage. There are desert plants from around the world. I love the Australian area, the hummingbird garden, and catching sight of cardinals and woodpeckers. There are plenty of places to plunk yourself down and just soak up nature. If you're lucky, it won't be crazy busy, and you can enjoy some... More 

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North Olmsted OH
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108 reviews 108 reviews
45 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Lots to see and I love the little sign that says rattlesnake only beyond this point. Very leisurely walk and so much to see, cactus I never even knew existed. The people are very friendly. There is a swaying bridge that leads up to a more steep walk, did not take that. This is a very nice place to visit... More 

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