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UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

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Beautiful garden! MUST SEE at Davis!

Our family visited the gardens while on campus. It’s beautiful and definitely worth the time to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
San Diego, California
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A beautiful walk in nature

Wow, what a awesome place for a peaceful walk, run or bike ride. Tons of flora and flauna from all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spans the campus’s 5300-plus acres and includes the historic Arboretum – a 100-plus acre campus and regional amenity comprised of demonstration gardens and scientific collections as well as the Putah Creek...more
448 La Rue Rd, Davis, CA 95616-5219
+1 530-752-4880
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family visited the gardens while on campus. It’s beautiful and definitely worth the time to visit. We only had about 20 min so we took a quick walk through. We definitely could’ve stayed longer. Well kept. Nicely labeled flora. The students at Davis are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what a awesome place for a peaceful walk, run or bike ride. Tons of flora and flauna from all over the world are here and tree's are everywhere. Take a walk, learn about trees, shrubs, flowers along the way, enjoy beautiful art work and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The University really spruced up the Arboretum in rence years, cleaning up the water and adding a series of interpretive signs. It is so much better than a few years ago.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank stephenmikesell
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it was cold, windy and rainy we still had a great time dodging the ran drops and rain puddles! Beautiful gardens in the middle of winter and I can only assume they would be breathtaking when in bloom!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Terri L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the UC Davis Arboretum several times and have found it to be a wonderful place in all seasons. Right now the acacia trees are in bloom. The spring flowers, summer oaks, and fall foliage make this place worth a visit at all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ruinsgal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent four days at UC Davis attending a course, and every day we walked to the campus location by traversing through the arboretum. This linear park-like setting on both sides of a creek is filled with the history of UC Davis' plant biology experiments...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JeffWLee
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Need a time off or just walk around. UC Davis arboretum is the place for that. Even in winter it is so pretty.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pinar K
Reviewed January 15, 2019

It's not a traditional arboretum as it follows a creek fro several miles. We'll take visitors to "see" it on bikes and that's a great way to experience it too.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WarrenRoos
Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

Try to find no cost parking off campus and observe the UC signs or pay some big bucks. We find the path and head west to reach the lake. Keep going until you return to your initial beginning point as most paths are interconnected. Check...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BoulderNut
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

They recently did some reconstruction and it’s an even more beautiful place to walk… Some wonderful specimens of trees… See the beautiful ducks… Never crowded… Benches to sit on… Perfect place to meditate

Date of experience: December 2018
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May 11, 2018|
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Response from muirfan | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Have done so many times -- I live in Davis.
Nicole N
November 24, 2017|
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Response from SMChico2 | Reviewed this property |
If course the time taken depends on the paths you take and your pace ... one can spend a half hour to three hours (if you sit multiple times to enjoy the peace). Typically, a moderate stroll would take 60 to 75 minutes.
December 16, 2016|
Response from Katie H | Property representative |
Our gardens and collections are open 24/7/365. There's a nice 3.5 mile loop walk around our waterway that you can pretty much access anywhere around the Arboretum perimeter and leads you through most of our different... More