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“beauty in a great city”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum
Ranked #17 of 382 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Part of Olmsted's famous Emerald Necklace, America's oldest public arboretum has 265 beautiful acres of trees, shrubs and vines.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“beauty in a great city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

This park is really in the middle of the city. Parking is a premium, you literally have to park on the Jamaica Way, which is a very busy street. If you are bringing kids, or dogs, be very careful getting out of your vehicle, it really is that busy. Once inside the arboretum, it's a whole different world. There are trees from around the world, and some are centuries old. On a spring day with the flowering trees blooming, it will take your breath away. It is a great place to ride a bike or walk the dog. There is a small bonsai section that I had never seen before, and there is even a bonsai from 1737.. isn't that amazing? The trees all have tags on them that say where they are from, what they are and if it is know, their age. It's beautiful and education at the same time.

Visited May 2013
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Sherborn, Ma.
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“An oasis in the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is a really beautiful spot in sort of the heart of the city. I love that at least some of the trees are tagged for identification. Great place for a picnic!

Visited April 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Glorius Spring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

What a beautiful place to stroll among the flowering trees and blossoming shrubs. Find it and spend an hour relaxing away from the city hubbub. Picnicking only on Mother's Day with lots of dancing and singing entertainment as well as a profusion of purple and white lilacs.

Visited April 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful escape in the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Easily accessible via the Orange line (last stop at Forest Hills), the Arnold Arboretum provides a lovely place to get out and about. On a beautiful day, there may be hundreds sharing the park with you, but unless it's Lilac Sunday (mother's day), they're not overwhelming. (Unless you REALLY want to be there on the actual Lilac Sunday, visit the park around that time and enjoy the lilacs without the crazy crowds.) Each season is beautiful in its own way...spring as the trees bud and bloom, lilacs and rhododendrons later in the spring; greens of summer, colors of autumn, and snow-covered trees of winter. Peter's Hill provides a view of the Boston skyline (and I've been told of fireworks, but I've not experienced that myself).

The park is enjoyed by singles, couples, families with children of all ages, I even saw a woman pushing an elderly woman around in a wheelchair. Some walk, others run, still others use 2-wheeled scooters or bicycles (bicycles restricted from some trails - this isn't a place for mountain biking). Parking is on the streets and at different entrances around the park, but not inside the fences.

No picnicking except on Lilac Sunday, but you'll see people lounging around in small groups and posing for pictures. Make your visit as long or short as you would like. The Hunnewell visitors' center at the Arborway Gate provides information and rest rooms. Maps are available online to help you plan your visit and target plants you are most interested in. The Explorers garden has labels with QR codes to provide you with additional information about plants in that area.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Journeying_Jean
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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“Where to go when you need a restful afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We first went here with our son and his baby daughter in stroller a few years ago. It's such a huge place that you will often feel you have it all to yourself. My son & his daughter continue to enjoy ths fabulous place on a regular basis. Many varieties of trees have been planted there and the varied terrain make for an interesting hike, jog or stroll.

Visited May 2012
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