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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our day started at 6am to get ready for a day in the Arizona heat, some possible hiking, and definitely a lot of walking around. My son and I left around 6:30am, and got to the park a quarter after 7am. We learned that the debit machine was down, but they were able to take my card information for when... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We spent a couple of hours wandering the trails. We enjoyed that many of the plants/cacti are identified. During our travel thru AZ, we had seen a number of the plants, but didn't know their names. I was impressed at the variety of vegetation at this "out of the way" destination. But, the highlight was the hummingbird enclosure! We stood... More 

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Wentzville, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My wife, my 2 1/2 year old and myself visited on a VERY hot day in July. But there is some shad to walk in at times, so it wasn't so bad. The park is very nice looking and well kept as far as the plants go. Lots of exhibits and things to see and learn about. We enjoyed the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We spent a day in May hiking the trails around Boyce Thompson. All the trails are well marked, interesting, lots of shade, plenty to see. It's a great day location, along with a side trip to Superior!

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I would have to rank Boyce Thompson Arboretum as one of the most amazing botanical treasures in the world. The stands of cacti are amazing with the most gorgeous stands of golden barrel cacti on the planet. The location of the amazing arboretum is in one of the most beautiful areas in the Sonoran Desert. The history of the arboretum... More 

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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We have a membership to this wonderful arboretum. The views are fantastic, The trails are easy to walk on with some places for handicapped people to also enjoy. Lots of the desert plants are labeled so you know their identity. This arboretum is one of our favorite places to visit during our winter stays in Apache Junction, AZ. The staff... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

In the heat of summer you can walk under the cool shade of trees, Always something in bloom, from the cactus garden to the Australia trail. The High Trail a little more changeling but main path is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly ! They have dog bowls at drinking fountains ! Watch birds, enjoy quiet time or on weekends be... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We usually have a membership as we visit a few times a year, and we take out of town visitors. The cactus and succulent collections are great! There are even collections/walks with plants native to certain deserts, alongside the native Sonoran desert plants. The Australia section is always unexpected, and shady in the hotter time of day. The demonstration garden... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We make sure to get to this place at least a couple times a year. It is about 90 miles from home, but worth the effort. It is a nice mix of shady trail, some elevations (the high trail is worth the effort, but not necessary). There is a nice gift shop and sometimes a plant sale is going on.... More 

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