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“Small, very nice place for a stroll; gorgeous on a beautiful day” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of John A. Finch Arboretum

John A. Finch Arboretum
Ranked #21 of 94 things to do in Spokane
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Tustin, California
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476 reviews
295 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
“Small, very nice place for a stroll; gorgeous on a beautiful day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

The Finch Arboretum is a little different from most arboretums I’ve visited in that the landscape is more homogenous, as opposed to being compartmentalized into specific gardens or sub-forests. It is a very nice property, and conducive to some nice strolling amongst the trees. I visited in late October, and the fall colors were gorgeous. I spent about an hour there, but I took dozens of photos. One could make the entire circuit in 30 minutes, but you may want to budget an hour or more if you want to relax and/or take pictures.

A few notes:
(1) Free admission; excellent.
(2) The parking lot is pretty small, and I didn’t check if street parking is allowed. This may be an issue during peak seasons and/or if an event is taking place, not sure.
(3) The entire southern edge of the arboretum abuts I-90, so gear up for a little traffic noise if you’re next to the freeway.
(4) If you’re visiting on a weekday during the school year, you may encounter commotion from a crowd of children on a school field trip.

Visited October 2013
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Autumnal Fun, But Visit Year-Round!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

This is a long, narrow park along the freeway (silencing walls exist) on a slight slope. Natural areas, grassy fields, a creek, and identifying markers provide something for everyone. Take extra clothing for kids; I've never gone with them and not had one fall in the little creek or small pond. If you want to see which trees do well in our climate, or how they look when full-grown, this is one place to do so. Don't miss the ornamental cherry grove in spring, or the glen at the far end of the park. You'll think fairies exist when you wander the damp trails there.

Visited October 2013
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A hidden gem worth finding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

You have to want to go to finch Arboretum. It's not that easy to find but well worth the effort. In the spring the cherry blossom trees are a riot of color and the rhododendrons when in bloom are spectacular. A great place to just walk around and be at peace.

Visited September 2013
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Spokane, WA
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87 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A lovely place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

peaceful, spacious, lovely. Went on a field trip with the summer camp class and there is a lot of room to roam and something for everyone.

Visited July 2013
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Kansas City, MO
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139 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Too many unlabeled trees”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

Great place for a walk if you overlook the traffic noise from I 90 .
I am very curious about trees and shrubs especially in a different locale. Too few were labeled. Many had embossed "dog tags" but we had to really hunt for them. If they could get the $$$'s a GPS enabled map/app with descriptions would be awesome.

Visited September 2013
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