Arnold Arboretum

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    Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500

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Phone: 617-524-1718

Hours:
Visitor Center  Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun Noon-4pm
Type:
Gardens

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Outdoor Activities: Developed by James Arnold, who left it to Harvard University upon his death. Today, the 265-acre grounds are home to over 4000 types of trees, maintained by Harvard's School of Botany. A botanical garden for students to learn and city dwellers to enjoy is the combination that makes The Arboretum so special. Host to many special events like the ever popular Lilac Sunday each May, scheduled guided walks, tours, and even talks, the Arboretum is, most of all, a showplace for botanical splendor. Be sure to stop into the visitors center where you'll find more information, maps, postcards for purchasing, and activities to engage and teach children.

Parks & Attractions: The development of this beautiful park was funded by James Arnold, who left it to Harvard University upon his death. After selling the park to the city, Harvard regained possession of it and pays only $1 a year (for 1000 years) for it. Today, the 265-acre grounds are home to over 4000 types of trees. The Jamaica Pond also makes up part of the peaceful surroundings.


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Outdoor Activities: "Dining is not offered or permitted on the Arboretum grounds."

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The Arnold Arboretum lets you wander the hilly landscape learning about botany and enjoying their scheduled events.

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