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The Davis Arboretum

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Address: Davis, CA
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Activities: Walking
Description: This two-mile-long arboretum is a peaceful, popular spot.

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Lovely and peaceful walk. Sculptures and information about the plants. Great for family, friends, couples, pets, photography, sketching etc.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Davis, California
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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely and peaceful walk. Sculptures and information about the plants. Great for family, friends, couples, pets, photography, sketching etc.

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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Davis Arboretum is located on the UC Davis campus. It winds around Putah creek. Plants are grouped according to the region from which they came, including a redwood grove, South American area, even an Australian area. Restrooms are available on both ends. It is a level walk, well paved, and is great for dogs, strollers, and of course, bikes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Arboretum has a wonderful native plant section as well as sections that show off other botanical delights. I have been there dozens of times in every season and while spring is the most spectacular, all seasons are marvelous.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The Davis arboretum is free, which not all universities arboretums are! Its a great walk around water you'll see many different birds and turtles. Of course all the flowers, trees and plants are beautiful! Quite a few are marked and labeled as to what type of plant they are. And even better the Arboretum has a plant sale so you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Some lovely views and an amazing variety of plants and trees, especially oaks, many with identification plaques. The demonstration garden is beautiful any time of year and is an inspiration for any gardener. Great for the whole family, including the dog (on a leash). A number of places to picnic.

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Davis, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We enjoy spending time in the arboretum, and particularly enjoy the areas that focus on different locations. Our favorite is the redwood area....it does provide a challenge for the groundskeepers to keep these mammoth trees appropriately watered, though. One thing that makes it less than desirable, at least in the hot summer months, is the stagnant Putah "Creek". The University... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A very mellow place to take a walk and stretch your legs. Lots of interesting plants from California including a grove of redwoods.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Park in downtown or whole foods and go for a walk here. its very pleasant and safe. There's little parks on the way that give you information about the trees, there are lots of benches. Its also a good way to see the builds at the university and see the students.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The Arboretum is an old Davis standby. It gets its charm from its enormous selection of native and non-native plants growing alongside walking paths. Where it falls flat is the persistent green algal scum floating on ad near the surface of the old Putah Creek channel. About 100 years ago Putah Creek was moved from its original channel through what... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Arboretum is a wonderful oasis in Davis; great place to escape from it all, take a walk, and move through various plant ecosystems simply by walking a few hundred yards. A gem.

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