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UCSC Arboretum

1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
+1 831-427-2998
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A nice place for a stroll

We visited the arboretum after seeing an ad for a holiday wreath sale in the local paper. Was an... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent gardens & a birder's bonus

This is a lovely arboretum with easy walking. A special bonus is that they have 2 white... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Los Angeles, California
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“from australia” (11 reviews)
“gift shop” (17 reviews)
“world tour” (4 reviews)
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1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the arboretum after seeing an ad for a holiday wreath sale in the local paper. Was an organized, fun event. Loved the succulents and plants. Plan to go back when we have more time. Beautiful views and a nice place to get away...More

Thank LodiDazzles
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This is a lovely arboretum with easy walking. A special bonus is that they have 2 white hummingbirds resident: an Anna's& an Allen's, both in the Australian section. If you miss them, they still have dozens of hummers to see.

1  Thank Berrywin
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Visited one afternoon in July. Wish we had planned for more than one hour! Gates around the park close & lock at 5:00 pm sharp, so no arriving right before closing hours if you don't want your car locked in. All parts of the park...More

Thank Hanna A
Reviewed 22 June 2017

When I saw "what is blooming" on the website, I expected to see much more in bloom. What I saw was very nice and interesting. I wish I had had more time...and energy to see more. The map was helpful, but it was still a...More

Thank photobug429
Reviewed 13 June 2017

With its vast collection of native and non-native flowering plants, this is a great place for artists year-round. You might get lucky and catch a glimpse of a hummingbird! Check the calendar for workshops and festivals.

Thank Kekerica
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This place is a hidden gem! They have sections here that have flowers/plants from Australia, Newzealand, SouthAfrica - it is really amazing to see so many different varieties. The good part is all the plants have name tags and that helps in case you want...More

Thank ExplorerSB
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Expansive and lovely quiet place to walk. Currently hosting 12 amazing sculptures by local artists with an ecologic theme

Thank karencyd53
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A must stop when I visit Santa Cruz. Make sure you wear head protection from the hot sun. There are places to sit throughout the gardens. Plants are nicely marked. Stop by the Gift shop. A nice selection of items for gardener's. The Arboretum's Protea's...More

1  Thank clw492013
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Although we visit the Santa Cruz area often, we had never before visited the arboretum. My daughter and I spent a wonderful afternoon strolling through the various gardens on their "world tour." The employees are very hepful, and this is a great value for the...More

Thank Myswede
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We came here March 4 for the annual hummingbird day and were blown away! Despite having been to Santa Cruz dozens of times, we had no idea the arboretum existed and had such assets. 143 acres with separate sections, but with a specialty in Australia,...More

Thank Woci
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