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UCSC Arboretum

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Address: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
Phone Number: 831.427.2998
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Great Hummingbird photography

I think this must be my third or forth time coming here but I took a much different route. I was very successful shooting Hummingbirds. I am so impressed- I will go back tomorrow... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Watsonville, California
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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think this must be my third or forth time coming here but I took a much different route. I was very successful shooting Hummingbirds. I am so impressed- I will go back tomorrow for more. If you are into Botany, you will be in heaven here.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For the sheer visual treat, don't miss this wonderful arboretum! You can learn something if you want to, or just go for a walk and gawk.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An undiscovered gem with wonderful learning possible thanks to signs identifying plants and an entire explanatory area about hummingbirds. Try to come during the hummingbird celebration weekend.There is plenty of parking, since it is seldom crowded.

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Thank Judybookdoc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The sun had just broken through the clouds, and we were over-dressed. Being in the company of our children who had just been dragged round the campus, I was concerned that the hummingbird trail might disappoint. It did not! Mutiple Anna's hummingbirds, easy to spot, and awe-inspiring for whole family.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked around and found more species of plants than I thought exist, people there were helpful, nice little gift shop.

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Glenview, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful Arboretum/botanical garden. I went for the hummingbirds but there is a lot more. You can spend a couple hours walking the grounds. Highly recommend.

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Thank Barry C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is so much to do here it is hard to list it all. The plants are amazing, the space is beautiful and the gift shop is quaint. It is definitely a hidden gem.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I walked throughout the entire arboretum two days ago. While it was foggy near the ocean, but there were clear, blue skies up the hill at the arboretum. The paths and trails were well-marked. In addition to plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers, we saw birds, butterflies, and lizards. After our walk, we stopped off at Norrie's gift... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Relax your mind and body with a stress free stroll through the arboretum. Regardless of the season, you'll always see something new and different. Divided into several areas, the arboretum is large enough to feel like you've experienced something new and different, yet small enough to take a reasonable walk and cover the entire expanse. If you're there later in... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I liked the way they divided up the plant communities: California native plants, Australian plants, and a couple of others. All were drought tolerant, which is valuable in California's current water shortage situation. The hummingbird trail was fun to walk, and offered many plants that attract them. I'm in the process of converting my garden to be drought tolerant using... More 

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