Arnold Arboretum
Arnold Arboretum
4.5
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: 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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Coffeewow
Columbia, MD68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I will preface this by pointing out I went in December and I assume it would be much better during another season... The Arnold Arboretum is a great place to go for a walk in nature while still in the city, however I don't recommend going out of your way to visit it during a week long trip to Boston. When I visited, none of the buildings were open.
Written 26 December 2023
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Mark H
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Interesting array of plants, lots of lilacs, many species of trees. Worth a trip for people interested in gardens, plants, and walking. And it's free; parking on street is okay (only employees may park on site). Easy enough.
Written 24 May 2023
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Lady Gigglemug
Monrovia, CA2,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Business
This 260+ acre park is actually a Harvard museum - their "tree museum"!! They even have a small stand of Franklin Trees that have gone extinct in the wild and were native to Georgia! I went early January so the trees were bare but it was still lovely - I can only imagine how magnificent it must be in spring and fall!

It's a fantastic oasis offering an escape from the city without having to go too far. The paths are very well marked with plenty of maps all around, even online, and easy to follow. There are numerous info signs, many with QR codes, providing details information about the various trees and plants - it truly is a museum!

Most of the paths are paved and well maintained so I'd say this park is very handicap accessible - but some of the paths have quite a bit of incline - especially the climb up Bussey Hill. But it's very much worth the effort - with views of the hills surrounding the greater Boston area.

Entrance is free and it's open every day. There are many benches and seating areas, several ponds, and a nice visitor center at the main entrance. I took an Uber here from the city and it was quick, easy, and reasonable. The parking looks to mostly be street parking and crowded.
Written 11 January 2023
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Odyssey782120
Seattle, WA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If you like trees and plants, this is the place for you! Took a lovely two-hour tour of the collection. Learned lots. Loved the wonderful trees from all over the world, all tagged beautifully.
Written 7 October 2022
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George G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Very beautiful and peaceful place to visit. A docent provided an excellent talk on the outstanding Lilacs which were in bloom when I visited. The bonzai displays are great, as well. A great place to go for a long walk and to enjoy the scenery.
Written 8 May 2022
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Shawn R
South Lyon, MI259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We went April 9th, and a lot was still not in bloom. Still a great walk and a lot to see. Pay attention to the signs so you can plot your path and see as much as you can.
Written 11 April 2022
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Debra N
Natick, MA109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is a popular place, but so large you don't feel crowded. If you have mobility issues, there is plenty to see from the main road that runs through the park, which also would be good for running on an off-peak time. If you want to get a little more fitness in, there are plenty of unpaved trails to climb up hills. Parking is plentiful and free on the street outside the park, and it also isn't too far away from public transportation. There are lots of trees you wouldn't normally see elsewhere, or impressively large/old specimens of common trees. Definitely a place I will go back to many times. However, I would say this is a place best for locals looking for green space, it doesn't need to be on your "must see" list of Boston spots as a tourist.
Written 10 April 2022
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HighlightSwoosh
Boston, MA9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I love coming to the Arboretum with my dog. There is a wide variety of paths to walk on, and there are interesting trees and plants with signs to read. You can also use your phone to take a guided tour, but I've never actually done this myself. My favorite part is going up to the top of the hill and look at the Boston skyline. This is a fantastic park to enjoy, with something worthwhile visiting for during all 4 seasons of the year.
Written 7 December 2021
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worldtraveler_1037
san francisco163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you love trees, hell, even if you don’t, please visit Arnold Arboretum. You’d have to be a curmudgeonly bitter old wart not to find some majestic beauty here. It is resplendent — at any time of year, any time of day, and for any amount of time. Breathe in the air, share the space with these stalwarts and feel alive.

It’s free. Seriously, there are no excuses unless you are a sad sack of flesh and have given up on the world. And if that’s your situation, go right now and love a tree. They will not let you down.
Written 28 October 2021
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Michael K
995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
There are interesting tree specimens in the short trail that we hiked. The place is serene and quiet, perfect for a casual stroll or serious jogging.
Written 18 October 2021
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