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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

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1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9741
+1 734-647-7600
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Our Michigan winter escape

When our Michigan winters get the best of us, we head here for a taste of "summer" Does the spirit... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Can't miss

Marvelous foliage and wonderful trails, year round. Old growth rhodies and beautiful new... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9741
+1 734-647-7600
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

When our Michigan winters get the best of us, we head here for a taste of "summer" Does the spirit and mind well to see some green. Nice variety of different plants, trees, and cacti. Also has a nice little gift shop as well.

Thank flowerlover54
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Marvelous foliage and wonderful trails, year round. Old growth rhodies and beautiful new plantings, e.g., daffodils in Spring. Huron River and Amtrak are fun things and connection to Gallup Park and Island Park

Thank 413Frank1946
Reviewed 29 June 2015

We where here on June 29. There is parking in front of the entrance and next to it. You have to pay the parking fee at the machine ($1.4/hour - $5 day) before you enter the building. It is a small conservatory, but there is...More

Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 28 June 2015

This is a real gem of a find outside of the main part of Ann Arbor, We went for a meeting but was really impressed with the gardens and operation. Come on U of M. Paid parking? Really?

Thank Jonwal
Reviewed 27 June 2015

A delightful spot to find peace and calm for an hour or two during the summer. If you're doing a lot of sightseeing and are on the go, this is the place to catch your breath and do a bit of strolling indoors and out.

1  Thank 824phyllisb
Reviewed 25 June 2015

The Nichols Arboretum has many trails thru the wooded areas and near the river. Parking was a little bit of a challenge for us visitors not from Ann Arbor. We did find some staff who were more than willing to get us a parking pass....More

1  Thank Kris K
Reviewed 24 June 2015

The Conservatory has a beautiful collection of bonsai, and was a sight for sore eyes after the Michigan winter. The building is a more recent construction than the greenhouse at Belle Isle, with fewer architectural charms. We went to the orchid show and sale they...More

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 18 June 2015

My sister and I stopped here on the first day of our nine-day Canada trip (2015 June), because it was about the right distance after lunch to break up the driving before we got back into the car and headed for the motel. I'm glad...More

1  Thank JonadabTheUnsightly
Reviewed 11 June 2015

New parking payment system is confusing and staff are unhelpful & just don't care. Will not provide any assistance.

Thank NinjutsuDensho
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Beautiful gardens, was very pleasant to walk around during the lunch at the conference I was at. The plants have labels to say what is in each section and it looked well tended too.

2  Thank ajclarke90
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25 March 2017|
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Response from middledavis | Reviewed this property |
It is free, but they accept donations and we always try to give a little.
Lori C
4 April 2016|
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Response from Susette D | Reviewed this property |
The trails can be and scooter. The indoor gardens are also accessible. Unfortunately, no rentals are available.
24 June 2015|
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Response from DearbornNative | Reviewed this property |
There are a number of hotels and motel in the area, yes. Since I am relatively local to the attraction (45 minutes) I have no recommendations. You could use almost any good online hotel finder/booking site for options and... More