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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, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Phoenix, Arizona
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99 reviews 99 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Be prepared for some serious walking with a cane and sturdy shoes...I am not a fast walker, so was relieved to find many resting areas. The scale is intimate and there are unusual plants indigenous species that have been allowed to mature. all kinds of cactus and palm trees galore. Rock back-drops and old homesteads make this a special place.... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I have tried to visit the arboretum every time I visit Mesa. We have a large backyard in our Mesa home and I am always trying to add some new desert plants to the collection. It is so easy to just wander around and double back and see something that you missed on your walk through. Simply a lovely way... More 

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Mysore, India
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41 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I am told in spring, this park is full of brilliant flowers and thousands of them; hm…it must be a lovely sight then. But now it looks quite drab; unless a person is really interested in the desert flora or a cactus collector, I don’t know if this place would fascinate him. Anyhow, certain things are striking. Though the park... More 

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Globe, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The arboretum has an annual fall colors festival around the Thanksgiving time frame. This year it was the weekend of the 29th. They have entertainment, crafts and food for sale. I bought a beautiful pistachio tree in full color for our home. These trees are the main attraction for this time frame. The trees are just beautiful and change to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is a must see for plant lovers, landscapists or anyone needing a cool break from desert heat. I was there in late fall and the colors were fantastic. Well established plantings, long trails within an amazing variety of habitats and a refreshing riparian area were the highlights. Devote at least 2 hours to your visit.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The foliage and botanical gardens are rustic and un-kept like (i.e. not a pristine, well manicured garden). Mostly the pathways are wide and level. The museum is interesting/informative and you can learn a lot in a little amount of time. The gift store has nice options. There are plants for purchase as well. You can stroll slowly or make the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

We went for the fall colors festival, but there werent really very many colorful trees. We were expecting more I guess. We drove from Phoenix and this place isnt really any more impressive than the Desert Botanical Gardens. Its a pretty little hike, most of it is accessible to wherlchairs/strollers.

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Tucson, Arizona
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A beautiful desert park with many different gardens featuring an amazing variety of desert flora from all over the world. Explore walking paths and hiking trails through a maze of sunny gardens, shady forests, and cultured greenhouses. There is even a small lake with waterfowl and amphibians. Watch for indigenous birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals. There are enough trails... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We've visited the Arboretum a half-dozen times over the years and have always enjoyed it. This time, we took a little friend along; he thought the Boojum trees were weird. Coming from him, that's a high compliment. If you have the time and stamina, take all the little side trails as well as the main loop. The "high trail" across... More 

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Markham, Ontario
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 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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