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“Lots of different things to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Newark
Certificate of Excellence
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Pataskala, Ohio
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104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lots of different things to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

A great place to picnic and enjoy the outdoors, the kids get excited to see the wildlife around the waters and the swamp areas. It is beautiful here and very clean.

Visited May 2014
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English first
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't miss Dawes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you are in Licking County, like the outdoors or are looking for a nice drive, you must stop by the Dawes Arboretum. I have never seen a more interesting drive through experience. You don't have to get out of your car to enjoy lDawes but you will probably want to. Johnny Appleseed site, a cemetery and a enclosed bird watching area. Don't miss the colors in the fall. we walked behind the gift shop trails and smelled the Katsura trees they have heart shaped leaves and smell like, cotton candy or waffles cooking or maybe heaven. You can also climb the tower steps to see the hedge that spells DAWES. The staff is also awesome!

Visited August 2014
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Marion, Ohio
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93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“First time here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

Always wanted to visit and finally did. The grounds are in decent shape and the Visitors Center was very nice. There's lots to see either with a leisurely drive on a well-marked auto tour, or there are several trails to walk. Almost every tree or shrub is identified with a marker.

Visited July 2014
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Delaware, Ohio
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252 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

Dawes features beautiful flower gardens, driving tours, walking tours or some extended hiking. Overall it is just one really terrific gem that you should experience if you are able.

We visited yesterday and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We had visited a couple of years ago and enjoyed several features that unfortunately have recently been closed for renovation or upgrade - such as at least two trails and the Japanese Garden. Even with these not being available, we enjoyed the observation tower, the flowers, the birds, the lake and especially the Cypress Swamp.

There is no cost. You can spend a few minutes to several hours enjoying Dawes - depending on your schedule. If you can't fit it all in, likely you'll want to go back.

Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Thom P
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Gahanna, Ohio
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115 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you enjoy the out-of-doors and beautiful scenery, this is a place to visit. On grounds, you can walk several trails or drive the car loop, both will be beautiful, serene, and enjoyable. You will also find an observation tower overlooking the landscape, various picnic areas, a special trail for children, and a visitor center. The visitor center closes at 5pm, but the park is open until dusk and is free.

Visited July 2014
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