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The Arboretum

500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 257-6955
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Ranked #9 of 58 Attractions in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Traveler Description: Expansive arboretum features a variety of trees, gardens and walking/jogging paths. Open year-round, dawn to dusk. more »
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English first
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It is an amazing place to run or walk around in the back of a quiet neighborhood and located just off of UK's campus. The staff is preserving the environment in the arboretum and continue to add great features. You can also get a great view of the upcoming and new Commonwealth stadium renovations.

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Lexington, South Carolina, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We had a wonderful visit to the arboretum while we were in town. The kids loved all the old tree truck that were hollowed out, they were climbing on them most of the morning. The rose garden was just as beautiful. Plenty of paved trails for walking or running and lots of open space for the kids to play. The... More

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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It was just so hot the day we were there. The welcome center is open M-F and although the website says til 5 p.m., they close at 4 p.m. Restrooms available inside this center. I did see a porta potty outside in the parking lot. Lovely trails and would have done more if the weather wasn't 95...hope to go again... More

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Jackson Ms
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A stop here was a last-minute decision and I'm glad we made time to check it out -- if you're into plants and landscaping, you should definitely visit. Beautifully maintained property, most plants and trees are identified, and there are several trails that veer off the main, paved path so visitors can check out interior areas/gardens, many of which are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Though parking can be a pain if there are a lot of people there, the Botanical Garden is incredible when things are in bloom. Lots of informative placards in addition to the great biodiversity and pleasant landscaping. The walking/running track is scenic too, once you get past the large pasture/field, but be careful on the bridge - it can be... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visit - amazing information about Kentucky - always great things to see - great informational plackards - Must See and Visit when or live in Lexington Kentucky!

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Franklin Ohio
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118 reviews 118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a great park.Free and pet friendly!! I will return at different times of year. We found this on a spur of the moment trip through the area heading towards Norris lake .. traveling with our dog. It was very hot and humid so to keep the visit short ... but saw enough to know it's amazing and worth a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We always visit the Arboretum - it's such a peaceful place. Worth a stop any season. Not only trees, but annuals, perennials, vegetables and a lovely rose garden. If you have children, be sure to stop in the children's area, too!

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It's a beautiful park with a figure 8 type walking trail, I think 2 miles r/t. Just a beautiful gem and so relaxing. Lots of people use the trail and very friendly.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Although containing a pretty rose garden, and a variety of flowers, this was quite a small garden as compared to most other gardens. While the Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco ect. Gardens go on for thousands of acres, this would be lucky to have 5. Some plants are even unmarked, and there is only one, rather short path. Perhaps,... More

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