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The Arboretum

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Address: 500 Alumni Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1607
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Wonderful place to take a walk and see beautiful flowers and trees. The children's garden is well maintained and is a great place for kids to experience some great outdoor... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lexington, Kentucky
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Charleston, South Carolina
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had high hopes for a splendid walk among blooms and garden treasures. The overgrown gardens had very little in bloom and poor signage. The only visible staff was in the office and were not helpful. The guide maps are specie specific and not inclusive. Plant identification was practically non-existent which is part of the reason to visit an arboretum.

Thank BeachyBride2010
Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful place to take a walk and see beautiful flowers and trees. The children's garden is well maintained and is a great place for kids to experience some great outdoor activity.

Thank jgrot2
Georgetown, Kentucky
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47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our kids to The Arboretum. Fun place for the kids to explore and learn about nature. It is beautiful if you go in the spring time when everything is in bloom. There is a spot with a little pond and a small boat on it that we could not get our kids to leave alone. We will be... More 

Thank timmer4
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393 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Arboretum is the most tranquil park in LexIngton, KY. Part of UK, it is open every day and is free to the public!! There are countless tree lined walks, and it is a wonderful, safe place for children. Many flowers and birds to enjoy. My favorite event is the annual birdhouse fund raiser. Amateur builders design and build bird... More 

Thank gadgetguy11
Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice place to enjoy nature on a weekend stroll. Many benches to people watch or walk the trails throughout the Arboretum. Bring the dog or the strollers. Have a picnic. Very relaxing place.

Thank Lori R
Richmond, Kentucky
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I only live about 30 minutes away from the Arboretum but had never been. I am so happy we decided to go. The walking trails are paved except for the woods section. The woods trail gets narrow and is not paved so if that's not for you just stay on the path. There is a bulletin board... More 

Thank rosehay2
Chicago, Il
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Lexington for the Keenland races we visited the arboretum. Unfortunately coming from Chicago and being a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, it was found to be a young arboretum and not very interesting. But, probably the best in the area!

1 Thank sleepercarChicago_Il
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place to take a walk and enjoy nature. Located in downtown Lexington on the campus of UK this park is free and relaxing. The 2 mile loop lets you see different trees and flowers. Good for anyone.

Thank Daniel D
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place to visit, walk, or picnic. Beautiful plants and foliage, recommended for the whole fam,squad, or walks alone.

Thank Tara N
Topeka, Kansas
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135 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

What this place lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty and is well-maintained. Tips: Photos not allowed without permission; Pets allowed in most areas. Easy walking on pathways. Small visitor center has basics.

Thank HonestObservation

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