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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. 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.

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"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.