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UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

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Great place to take a stroll or a jog

This is a cool place to take a walk or a jog. Not so much a biking destination. The vegetation is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rick T
Beautiful oasis in Davis

The Arboretum on the UC Davis campus is a long, winding garden with plantings representing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Davis, California
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The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spans the campus’s 5300-plus acres and includes the historic Arboretum – a 100-plus acre campus and regional amenity comprised of demonstration gardens and scientific collections as well as the Putah Creek...more
448 La Rue Rd, Davis, CA 95616-5219
+1 530-752-4880
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a cool place to take a walk or a jog. Not so much a biking destination. The vegetation is great. Like a walk in the woods beside a stream.

Thank Rick T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Arboretum on the UC Davis campus is a long, winding garden with plantings representing geographic ares of the world. It is beautiful and peaceful and continues to develop new educational and recreational areas and plantings. We love walking there in the mornings. They also...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful place. There are so many lovely specimens. The plants are well loved and taken care of. Definitely worth going to visit.

Thank arielmoon
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Great walking and always rewarding. It doesn’t matter when, seasonal changes keep things interesting. It’s accommodating for everyone regardless your age or cardio issues.

Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Okay, so we just discovered this after taking a bike tour given by UC Davis. This is a must see. A hidden gem. Take Old Davis road to Arboretum bike path. You can walk or ride a bike. There is live music on occasion, beautiful...More

Thank Pasotravel
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Something about the Arboretum lends itself to peacefulness. It must be all the different flora- trees & shrubs & flowers- some reflecting on the water - that encourage a meditative and happy stroll along its paths. And being right in town, it's practically in our...More

Thank lapisblue55
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Nice for a walk or bike ride, following a serpentine slough. Planted with Coast Redwoods and other species in between. Cool, shaded, and leads to the great new UC Davis art gallery

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This is my standard running location because of the natural beauty and quiet natural surroundings. Very convenient to the university. I never tire of it.

Thank 747jfg
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I visit the Arboretum at least twice a month. There is a wonderful paved path on both sides of the waterway. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to walk the entire circuit, although several bridges allow a walker to shorten the visit. Seasonal plants seem...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We are members so we go to get the 10% discount and support the program. Staff and volunteers are very helpful but their expertise will vary significantly. Each of the staff has their expertise and some volunteers are clueless (which is okay as they help...More

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12 May 2018|
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Response from muirfan | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Have done so many times -- I live in Davis.
Nicole N
25 November 2017|
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Response from SMChico2 | Reviewed this property |
If course the time taken depends on the paths you take and your pace ... one can spend a half hour to three hours (if you sit multiple times to enjoy the peace). Typically, a moderate stroll would take 60 to 75 minutes.
17 December 2016|
Response from Katie H | Property representative |
Our gardens and collections are open 24/7/365. There's a nice 3.5 mile loop walk around our waterway that you can pretty much access anywhere around the Arboretum perimeter and leads you through most of our different... More