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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Absolutely delightful!

We went with my grandparents (my grandma had grown up in Superior and remembers the arboretum in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Logan, Utah
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Great aboretum!

Really enjoyed and would highly recommend the Boyce Thompson aboretum! A must travelers in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Atlanta, GA
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“desert plants”(64 reviews)
“high trail”(35 reviews)
“main trail”(34 reviews)
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just one hour east of Phoenix, Arizona. Three miles of garden paths and trails wind through 392 acres of plant exhibits and striking landscapes. Over 2,600 different types of...more
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37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173-5100
+1 602-827-3000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with my grandparents (my grandma had grown up in Superior and remembers the arboretum in its earlier years) and our 9 month daughter. The trail system is extensive and well kept. The diversity of plant life is stunning and I loved the varying...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed and would highly recommend the Boyce Thompson aboretum! A must travelers in the area that enjoy gardens.

Thank fmey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, pleasant afternoon spent here walking the perimeter and enjoying all the displays. Well worth $15 admission charge.

Thank Rich6561
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Curious about plants that do so well not only in the Sonoran Desert but the deserts of North America,and deserts around the world Boyce Thompson is one place you must visit. Their collection of plants from around the world's deserts is one of the world's...More

Thank LeRoyB88
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

Love this little gem! So many neat plants as well as lots of walking to do! Very beautiful close of view of native plants.

Thank potato_1212
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Spent about two hours at this place. $15 pp to enter. Gift shop,restrooms,succulent plants for sale. Many trails and gardens depicting plants from different countries. There are trails through the more “natural “ Sonoran desert vegetation with saguaro cacti, ocotillos etc. Some trails are paved.

1  Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Oh, how lucky I was that the friends I was visiting took me out to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum! We packed a picnic lunch and made a leisurely day of our visit.This place is such a treasure trove of natural diversity and environments: a lake,...More

Thank Bravaencore
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Outside were lots of plants for sale. There were many interesting varieties to choose from. Inside you get to see all of those plants in a natural environment. There was a lot of different paths. Too many for us to do that day. I would...More

1  Thank Angie H
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Finally got around to visiting this place, wish I hadn't waited so long. Very interesting history. Entire area very clean, well marked, easy walking except for the "High Trail." Fascinating variety of plants, lots of educational material. Staff very friendly and helpful. Plan on spending...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Boyce Thompson Arboretum do not accept Arizona State Park pass anymore! I bought pass in February directly in THIS park, and now they dot let me in. They give $3 off for pass member. Admission fee is $15/person. I do not think I will go...More

1  Thank Road309145
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2 March 2018|
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Response from Vicky T | Reviewed this property |
They are starting wild flower tours today at 1 pm. But wait until the middle of March for more of a show. We haven't had much rain this last year and only 3 inches since 2018. Weekends will have wild flower tours... More
Raymond J
26 December 2016|
Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Yes, Raymond. Dogs are welcome at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, on a leash. The trails are great for dogs. They have plenty of shade and easy grades.
22 April 2016|
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Response from kristina s | Reviewed this property |
You do not need to take a tour, you can self explore. Even 1.5 hours would be ample time to enjoy your surroundings. Also if you have a dog with you, they are welcome on a leash and they have poop bags and water! Plenty of... More