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Arnold Arboretum

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Beautiful Escape from the City

A very nice getaway from the city. Great for a run, some much needed time in nature, or a great... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Great place for some quiet and discovery near Boston

I've been to the Arboretum in summer and fall and there are always new things to discover and see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-3500
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A very nice getaway from the city. Great for a run, some much needed time in nature, or a great view of the city from the top of one of the two hills there. Definitely recommend it if you want to get into nature but...More

Thank mhanna14151
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to the Arboretum in summer and fall and there are always new things to discover and see on the walking paths. From the variety of plants and trees to the special exhibits that are sometimes on display, you always leave the Arboretum feeling...More

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're on bike, you can cover the whole park, the two major hills, with a view of the whole Boston skyline, and St. Peters Hill, the huge back portion that not every tourist knows about. Of course, Lilac season is a special treat in...More

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 2 November 2018

This place is huge. You can take the subway there and walk around to enjoy nature and away from the busyness of Boston for a day. During springtime, the lilac graden is worth a visit. Falling the leaves changing color is also worthwhile. The museum...More

Thank Chun-Wai C
Reviewed 29 October 2018

You can ride bikes or walk through the grounds. Part of Harvard though not near. At top of road there is a worth while view of Boston. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends or family.

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 23 October 2018

I was here with a small group and while they went off on a tour I had to move the van so did not go with them. I was by the visitor center and there was a play going on that i was able to...More

Thank Cheryl L D
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Two couples went to the Arnold Arboretum this past Saturday for a nice hike. We ended up doing just over six miles, and that allowed us to see a lot of the attraction, including Peter's Hill. I enjoyed the view of the Boston skyline from...More

Thank 809JohnH809
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

I really enjoy wandering around here on a regular basis. Peters Hill has a great view and worth the uphill climb. It really feels like you have escaped the city here. The Bonsai collection is also cool!

Thank therealJW
Reviewed 10 September 2018

A pleasant place to take a walk on a nice spring/summer/fall day. Adequate parking. Numerous paths to follow. Accessed by car but not the T (MBTA).

Thank parkerjdog
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Great respite in a busy city. The lilacs are unique and the perfume is amazing in May. Nice picnic area as well, but no tables.

Thank B0st0nW0rldTraveler
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Jamaica Plain
This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct
community unique and separate from the bustle of other
areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an
emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and
organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit
Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and
little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful,
large green space well worth a visit if you venture to
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Response from rosalynss2017 | Reviewed this property |
No picnic grounds since outside the Arboretum are city streets. They do have bathrooms in the info center.