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Address: 153 Hospital St, Augusta, ME 04330-0700 (Formerly Pine Tree State Arboretum)
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+1 207-626-7989
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00
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Over 200 labeled species of trees, shrubs and "Space Trees" (from...

Over 200 labeled species of trees, shrubs and "Space Trees" (from seed that traveled on the Space Shuttle) are on display at this 224-acre garden. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week. There are six miles of trails, all marked and signed, and the largest outdoor sculpture display in Maine. Trail maps are available at the trailhead kiosk. A good introductory trail is the one to Viles Pond, which takes one through the hosta garden, past the rock garden, and to Viles Pond, often alive with birds, dragonflies, and frogs croaking. Depending on how long one lingers to enjoy the sights, this one mile trail takes about 45 minutes. Dogs are allowed on the trails, on a leash at all times. Pet owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Peaceful trails, beautiful hosta garden, pond, woods and sculptures

I have spent the past 21 years wandering around the arboretum and never tire of the experience. Every season brings different activities, special events and an opportunity to get... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2016
Tamara B
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Augusta, Maine

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Augusta, Maine
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

I have spent the past 21 years wandering around the arboretum and never tire of the experience. Every season brings different activities, special events and an opportunity to get some exercise in a beautiful and well managed setting. You are apt to find dogsled rides in the winter and trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing or an inside farmer's market.... More 

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1 Thank Tamara B
United States
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

My husband,myself, and 4 young daughters spend multiple days a week here, if there is not a ton of snow on the ground, we are here. We love it here, there are multiple trails to walk, beautiful flowers in the spring and summer, fall is beautiful.

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Thank joelnjessica
Mount Vernon, Maine, United States
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2015

Beautiful walking trails, flowers, trees, old buildings, remnants of foundations, cross country skiing

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Thank Roger L
Damariscotta, Maine
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

I have been going to the arboretum since I was a kid. There is a really cool sculpture garden on the way to the woods. In the woods there are a lot of different trails, frog ponds, and great wild life. The trails are well kept. I love this place!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2015

We walked the outer loop as a family. We took our chances and walked on the closed wetlands bridge. I agree with the reviewer that said the place needs funding but that is not a reason not to go. We enjoyed the 2+ mile walk and left a donation which if more people did we would all be healthier for... More 

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Thank mainefryes
vermont
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96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

I suspect this aboretum doesn't have the budget it needs which is too bad. There are trails for walking in the woods and in the open but the whole place seems uncared for. One of the bridges was closed due to damage and the garden looks like it needs a healthy weeding. The nicest part was the hosta garden along... More 

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Thank MimiandPT
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Love going to see these beautiful beauties. In August they are looking their best. So many different varieties. Like the Metasequoia glyprostrobidie Red Dawnwood that's located by the DAR garden.

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Thank Bonnie L
canaan,Me
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

What a wonderful place to hike and enjoy scenery! The staff is friendly and the plants and flowers are amazing. There are three different walking paths and there is a pond. For young kids, there is a fairy village that is delightful!

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Thank mamabear2013
Augusta, Maine, United States
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Lots of beautiful acres to walk. Water, benches, interesting planting like trees that had been on a space shuttle. Short walk, long walk. BUT lots of grasses and rustic paths. I would do a tick check after. BUT you always should do that after a walk.

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Fredericton, Canada
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125 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to snowshoe around Augusta. This is a great place, there are many trails or you can build your own!!! We started in an open field and went through a beautiful forest. It was really nice. I am looking forward to come here, especially in the summer.

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Thank savoiei

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