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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

37615 US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85273
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the arboretum with my parents and sister-in-law on a weekday. It is a good idea to go in the morning since it gets pretty warm on some of the trails without shade. Bring water. I am a lover of aboretums and botanical gardens, so this was a real treat for this Upstate NY resident. So many beautiful cactus... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located about an hour's drive east of Phoenix, is a botanical garden and research station specializing in the plants of desert and other arid climates. The giant Saguaro cactus is a popular symbol of Arizona, and they are certainly found here in abundance. I knew, from visiting Arizona multiple times, that there are hundreds of cactus... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

On a lovely day earlier this month, I visited this gem of an attraction. I saw hummingbirds, butterflies, a gorgeous cardinal and many pretty plants. I met great folks, as well. Good thing I did. It wasn't terribly hot on the day I went, so I didn't even think of bringing along a bottle of water. BIG MISTAKE. After about... More

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Brandon, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
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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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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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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