Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston

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#6 of 21 in Parks in Boston
See the rich collection of plants at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 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. To visit Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University on your trip to Boston, use our Boston itinerary app .
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  • This Park is the most in Massachusetts, good place to walk to relax see wildlife and learn about different types of trees and other
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  • Can't say enough good things about the Arnold Arboretum. If you want beautiful scenery in the middle of Boston, this is the place to come. For birdwatchers this is a real Mecca. There are spots in the...  more »
  • Quiet area of Boston. Free parking outside the entrance. Beautiful trees. Peaceful inside and fairly large paved walking trail. Didn’t have time to make it to the top of the hill for the view- next ti...  more »
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  • A very good place for the whole family, unfortunately it's more and more smells with "m.smokes" past months. Kids ask all the time why it smells with skunk ;) Used to be nice. All the rest is perfect. Quality is good, staff is very committed. Thanks.
  • I've visited the Arboretum in the fall, the spring, and now the summer, and it's always a delight. Even today, a Saturday in summer, it wasn't hard to find quiet areas in the trees. Almost every tree has a little tag on it describing it's lineage - look for them near the bottoms of the trees, even on trees that don't have an obvious plaque on them.
  • My favorite park in the city. Nice place for a walk all year round. Parking is usually not too difficult if you don't mind walking a bit. Visitor center(restroom) is not open 24/7. They also allow small wedding ceremonies to be held here(40 people or less).
  • Hard to believe that among all of the hustle/bustle of city life exists this beautiful arboretum! The parking for this place can be tricky when the weather's nice so the first time we ended up parking far away and seemingly in the breakdown lane with a long line of other cars. For first time visitors I recommend stopping by the main building Hunnewell where they have free maps and that's where free 90 minute guided tours begin. I believe they also have some other classes you can check such as photography and birdwatching but you will need to pay and register ahead of time. We originally started with a tour but the pace was a bit slow going over the history of the vegetation. We walked around and followed the trails. I've been here only a couple times and have not yet explored the whole place. I've seen couples take wedding and engagement photos here as there are many scenic spots. One of my favorite spots is the tranquil bonsai garden where they have so many different types along with info on their origin. For several of the flowers or trees they give you the option to also dial in to listen to more about who and how it was discovered. My friends and I learned plenty about the Royal Azaleas as those were the only things in bloom early May before Lilac Sunday madness. Enjoy walking, jogging or biking on the paths and beautiful nature all around!
  • My favorite stroller friendly park in the area with a bonsai garden, tulip trees, a lot to walk around and a beautiful nature!

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