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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: State Parks, Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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Gilbert, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Casa Grande, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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france
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37 helpful votes 37 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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