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Arnold Arboretum
  • 125 Arborway

    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500

  • Phone: 617-524-1718


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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. The Jamaica Pond also makes up part of the peaceful surroundings and is located a short distance away.

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"Lilac Sunday is a spring treat. If you happen to be in town around this time be sure to stop by to view the lilacs in full bloom of their all too short season."


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