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UCSC Arboretum

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Interesting variety of plants and birds

We visited in September which unfortunately is a pretty dry time, so a lot of the plants were not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sushi4soup
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Northern California
Excellent place to increase your knowledge and enjoy with family

It is quite a nice place to learn about the plants from dry areas around the world great for saving... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2018
Marco Tulio A
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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in September which unfortunately is a pretty dry time, so a lot of the plants were not at their best. As we were looking at the map, a very helpful man who seemed to work there stopped to give us some guidance. That...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2018

It is quite a nice place to learn about the plants from dry areas around the world great for saving water and how nice they may be for your garden, each one is labeled, many are for sale and their shop has plenty of nice...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Visited the Arboretum when I have a mid afternoon break from working around the house. Perfect day. What a joy to walk through this arboretum. Great hummingbird spot. Each section was better than the previous one. Will definitely go again. Can't wait.

Thank Noah W
Reviewed August 4, 2018

Few people for a large area. Theme areas for South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Take your time, keep on the lookout and you'll see plenty of fauna with your flora.

Thank Lynn373
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

Great stop off during drive from San Francisco to Monterey. Hummingbirds everywhere plus great view of a hawk and quail. Staff friendly and helpful.

Thank Emma S
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We wanted to drive around UCSC, and saw that the arboretum was highly ranked on TripAdvisor, had some time so we thought what the heck. Great call on our part! Feels small when you get there, but it is huge, with great variety, split into...More

1  Thank dewitthouse
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The UCSC Arboretum is a unique experience and a very nice way to spend an hour or so. It's well maintained and organized/touted as a world tour. However, there aren't a lot of different parts of the world represented. Be sure to check out the...More

Thank Valleyblue
Reviewed July 2, 2018

We really enjoyed a couple of hours of strolling around the arboretum and reading all the information on display about the plants. The arboretum has been thoughtfully laid out and we were impressed with the effort that has gone into making it so worthwhile. They...More

Thank salsaloverHampshire
Reviewed June 26, 2018

A trip to UCSC Arboretum offers one an excellent view of the Monterey Bay, a great selection of Proteas, and if you are lucky many hummingbirds. Small fee for parking.

Thank Wowfortrips
Reviewed June 16, 2018

If you aren't able to travel the world to see these exotic plants in their native settings, this has to be the next best thing. Wonderful specimens from South Africa and New Zealand make for quite an adventure. I would appreciate better identification and more...More

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