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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

37615 US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85273
520-689-2811
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Superior
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, Gardens
Activities: Walking
Traveler Description: Best time for Fall color? The Arizona Republic bills the Arboretum as our state's "Fall Foliage Finale," and color peaks around Thanksgiving. Foliage... more »
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Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It was an easy drive along the scenic highway to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum with the Superstition Mountains to the north. We walked almost all of the trails and enjoyed the many gardens of cactus and other succulents. It was great that the plants were labelled. There were so many beautiful photo spots in the gardens and along the trails.... More

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We went there on a Sunday afternoon. the weather was great. It has wonderful displays and things to see. the trails are fun. Take the high trail for some fabulous views

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is our second experience at Boyce Thompson. It is a spectacular escape. We're members of the Botanical Garden in PHX, but this environment is different. It is more experiential, with varying degrees of (short) hikes, seemingly wild growth, and amazing views. Being springtime, the blooming color and variety of bird song were a gift to the senses. The information... More

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I toured this place with a friend a few weeks ago. We're fans of the Botanic Garden in PHX. But, this place even tops that. There's a good mile or so long hike around the grounds. There is changing topography (a hill, a pond, a stream in addition to the main cactus/desert part) and it was interesting to see the... More

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the south
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Although admission is a bit price-y, this is a wonderful resource and a relaxing and educational way to learn about all a desert landscape offers. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. What would I change? I will be smart about sunscreen and a hat next time. Lesson learned. Seriously, this is a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon.

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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stumbled across this hidden gem while travelling through Arizona! It was amazing. They have done such a wonderful job putting this arboretum together. The scenery and location made it spectacular. It wasn't overcrowded either.

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Yukon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My wife and I really appreciate plants from all environments. Boyce Thompson Arboretum has a carefully maintained environment exhibiting an exhaustive amount of arid plants found in the 3 deserts of southwestern North America as well as an excellent Australian area exhibiting the plants of that island/continent. Very helpful staff, beautiful grounds, decent walking paths. While we were visiting a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Definitely a place to visit if you are looking for birds in Arizona. The modest entrance fee is worth it! Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an Arizona Audubon Important Bird Area Well maintained trails and a wonderful mix of Sonoran desert and exotic plants from around the world. The gum tree Australian forest is always a good spot for unusual birds.... More

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Fanny Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I absolutely disagree with a previous reviewer who said that the arboretum was run down looking. We found it to be gorgeous, especially now at the end of March when everything is blooming. It is also an Audubon bird reserve and there are many birds twittering, singing and flying around. There is a small children's garden with a maze, fountains,... More

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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We have been member of Boyce Thompson for over four years now and totally enjoy our many visits to this unique desert garden and landscape area. The gift shop is well maintained and usually has various garden craft items for sale. The plants are well cared for and placed in the landscape in a natural manner. I did not see... More

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