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Arnold Arboretum

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Jamaica Plain
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Address: 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-3500
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+1 617-524-1717
06:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 16:30

Part of Olmsted's famous Emerald Necklace, America's oldest public...

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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The highlight of my trip to Boston

I visited the Arnold Arboretum while no flowers were blooming and in what some might describe as it's off season. That said, I had an amazing time regardless of that fact. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matthew N
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Arnold Arboretum while no flowers were blooming and in what some might describe as it's off season. That said, I had an amazing time regardless of that fact. The variety of trees showed their differences in the form they took, the summits were breathtaking, and the Hunnewell Visitor's Center was welcoming and warm. This is a great... More 

Thank Matthew N
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have had a lovely day today, finding peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings. The staff in the visitors centre were helpful and knowledgeable. The arboretum was very well kept, and the weather helped. Didn't find anywhere to grab a drink or snack so take them with you if you need them

Thank Jo H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful gem in the heart of the city! The number of different tree species is staggering, if that's your thing. If it's not, it is a great place to take the family for a picnic or that special someone for an afternoon walk. A must see!

Thank Winepoet
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jamaica Plain's hidden gem, the Arnold Arboretum, boasts flora from around the world that works well in Boston's variable climate. The paths are variably filled with joggers, dog-walkers, parents with strollers, and tree-gazers alike. Great all year round, a great day to be there is Mother's Day, also known as Lilac Sunday, welcoming the Spring and filled with activity. This... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Huge variety of trees and shrubs all labelled for the nature lover. Everyone will love a stroll in good weather when most trees are most spectacular - Spring or Autumn. Lilac time around Mother's Day is crowded.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you're new to Boston, it may be a little hard to get there at first. The humidity for Boston - which many said was strange even for them - made us take our time. Nevertheless, we were determined to see Jamaica Plain (JP) and the Arboretum. It was a lovely park, full of various trees, walking paths, and other... More 

Thank ericvangucht
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place has beautiful trees and shrubs from all over the world, lovely landscaping, and some fine views. Great place for a walk or a picnic. Don't miss the lilacs in the spring!

Thank 731Beth
Buxton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We visited in October it was crisp and cold but dry, there were very few other people around the ones that were there were picking up leaves with all kinds of very noisy mechanical equipment. This did not spoil our enjoyment, the fall colours were stunning! Paths and walks endless. Great place to spend a good amount of time. Surprisingly... More 

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Shirley, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

My older brother took me there to work on my 6th grade leaf collection. All of the trees were labeled and I pulled in so meany more unique leaves than the rest of the classes. Ginko was my favorite. I dont know how he knew of this place but Im happy he did. Got an A+

Thank Todd M
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Nice walk through this sort of botanical garden. A lot of tree, and refreshing air in a very hot summer! Not so close to the city, we walk up to Jamaica pond and it was nice too

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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 JP.
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