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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

37615 US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85713
520-689-2811
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Superior
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Gardens
Activities: Walking
Description: Vegetation indigenous to the deserts of Arizona and elsewhere can be enjoyed by visitors.
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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
18 helpful votes 18 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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Tempe, Arizona
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A small garden/arboretum off Hwy 60, not far from valley. I have gone here on school field trip with my daughters class and stopped on way home after family vacation. The gardens are beautiful, the eucalyptus forest is a lot of fun. Do the hike around, see the little house on the side of the mountain and the suspended bridge.... More

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Ascot
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Whenever we are in the Phoenix area we make sure we visit BTA. Whilst we have an interest in plants I'd recommend BTA to any one visiting the area. There are areas easily accessible for those who find walking difficult plus longer trails fo the more energetic. Exellent collections of plants ranging from cacti, succulents to bulbs, plus trees like... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you like plants this is a place you must not miss! Take your dog too in cool enough weather, it is dog friendly, you can walk the whole park in a day, & it is BOGO in Coyote coupon book!

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