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“What a gem!”

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Humble
Certificate of Excellence
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“What a gem!”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We visited the botanic gardens on 11 April, just because we saw the title on a road map. What a gem! It's free parking and free admission. There is a gift shop, drinks and toilets. We did not see anywhere to purchase food. The gardens are super - very well tended, and everything labelled. There are formal walks and trail walks - where dogs are welcome - but get a map from the information office. We saw birds, butterflies, frogs, and a rabbit. The flowers were delightful - colourful and heady with perfume. Lots of ponds and water features, and shady seats for visitors to rest. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Klein, Texas
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84 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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“Lovely park”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Especially in the spring time when everything is blooming! Flowers after flowers, and we enjoyed the herb gardens as well. An interpretive center and "country store". If you like plants you will love this place!

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The Netherlands
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233 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“lovely garden”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

just out of Houston, you feel yourself in peace in this garden amongst lovely trees, flowers and small ponds.
a lot of visitors come to take pictures of married couples or children also nice to watch
there is lots of place to sit down for elderly or people with a wheelchair every were, so people who are not able to walk far ...you can enjoy on every corner this lovely garden.

Visited March 2013
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The Woodlands, Texas
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens, educational for the whole family, and FREE”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

We love Mercer Arboretum! Great for all ages. It is open throughout the year, not just the spring. Every season brings changes in the arboretum. Remind your kiddos to stay on the paths and not to pick any flowers and also to not play in the fountains, which can be very tempting in the hot months. There is a really nice Asian garden section that is a little hike to the back of the arboretum. Don't miss it! FYI, across the street from the arboretum, there is a nice park for the kids to play in.

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Houston, Texas
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59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Serenity now...”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Mercer Arboretum has been a favorite of mine since childhood, and I continue to go on a weekly basis. The park is actually split across Aldine Westfield Rd, so there is a West side & East side of Mercer. The East side of the park is really the "flower" side, so if you want a beautiful stroll or to take nature photographs, this is probably the side for you.

The West side of the park is made up of more paths & woods, but this side DOES allow dogs on leashes (please curb). There are restroom facilities on both sides of Mercer, and there is also a wonderful library on the East side (Baldwin Boetcher library).

Check their website for hours on each side, as they change according to the season. Most of the time it is open 8am to 5pm, though. If you wish to take professional photographs on the East side, you must sign in at the office. It is still free, though. While on the East side, make a point to stop into the visitor center to read the letters that Mrs. Mercer wrote to save this beautiful land. This is one of the only places that you can see Cypress trees in Houston.

Always beautiful & well-worth the trip!

Visited March 2013
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