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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 2014
Type: State Parks, Gardens
Activities: Walking
Traveler Description: Best time for Fall color? The Arizona Republic bills the Arboretum as Arizona's "Fall Foliage Finale," and color peaks around Thanksgiving. Foliage... more »
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Tempe, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This place is a gem for locals or those visiting the Phoenix/Mesa area. Enjoy the smell of fresh roses, the beautiful hummingbird garden and the spring desert in bloom. This is a place that I visit when I really need to connect with nature. If you are a local I recommend the annual pass, it's worth the couple extra dollars... More

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The allure of this place is unmistakable. The road trip from the valley allows you to experience the changes in topography and the cultural changes. Superior is a town full of history and worthwhile exploring. Make the trip and take out a membership if you live in the phoenix valley, You will not regret this

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Clifton, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Whenever I have the time, I like to spend a couple of hours walking through the BTA. Admission is only $10 for adults and be sure to get a map. Out front there is always a plant sale going on, which tempts me to no end. No matter which path you take, you'll loop back around to the entrance. I... More

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

So glad we finally made the trip from Tempe to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum! Both Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix & Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) are great to visit, but personally my husband & I prefer BTA despite the hour's drive from the Phoenix metro. Not only is BTA cheaper (admission $10/adult), but it also isn't typically as rushed/crowded... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We drove a quick 40 miles from Mesa just to visit this great place. It opened in 1929 and is still one of the best desert arboretums anywhere. 300 acres of trails set in different sections with much information about the plants. Admission is $10 for.adults and its hours are 6:30 AM to 3 PM. Interesting birds and wildlife, a... More

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

this is the best arboretum that we have visited. the most diverse accumulations of plants. the trails are very easy to walk and view all the plants. we saw lots of plants that we did not know existed. plenty of shady paths if you do not care for the sun but to see all, you have to get out in... More

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North Yorkshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We took a break from hiking to stop off here and spent hours wandering round; lots of wildlife, great bird watching, lots of shade and excellent facilities. Could easily spend a day here; wasn't too crowded (though when we left mid afternoon, it was starting to be around the visitor centre). Further round the Arboretum and on the high trails... More

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