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Arnold Arboretum, Boston
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See the rich collection of plants at Arnold Arboretum, a conservation and research institution whose history stretches back to 19th century. The arboretum, a department of Harvard University, occupies 114 ha (281 acres) and displays more than 4,000 trees, shrubs, and vines from all over the world. It's also the home to many animal species, such as raccoons, squirrels, cormorants, and snapping turtles. You can take a free guided tour or take your time and explore on your own. Dogs are allowed, but they must be leashed . Bicycles are permitted only on paved paths. Arrange to visit Arnold Arboretum and other attractions in Boston using our Boston holiday planner.
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  • Tired of the noise and crazy Boston urban center, you don't have a car...escape to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. I enjoy it and have returned 2-3 times since discovery. The park is easily acc...  more »
  • Leisurely walks through groomed trails, the species of trees, plans and ferns carefully laid out, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, owned and maintained by Harvard University, it is a gem. 
  • A beautiful promenade, in the late morning at a park almost deserted but with changing colours. Here is the time of foliage, trees turn from Red almost purple to gold. So much space, many species of trees from all over the world as indicated by the tags: China, India, the United States. There is also a corner bonsai and a rose garden, now bare. The care of the Park is astounding: Harvard University, cataloguing and maintains plants beautifully. The rooms are spacious and, besides us, only many grey squirrels with long and fluffy tails that run, climb on the trunks and descend from the trunks. Free. Also we walk with a sense of freedom in the soul. The visitor centre is organized mat: perfect! Samples of all kinds on display: branches, buds, fruits, all categorized by species and by season. Books to consult, clear indications of screenings and free guided tours. There is also a water fountain for visitors inside to fill water bottles. Whenever I have these experiences of simple beauty, abroad, I think about what I offer my land (Italy) and how we might enhance our natural heritage instead of devastate.
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