Arnold Arboretum

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The Arnold Arboretum was established in 1872. It is the oldest public arboretum in North America and run by Harvard University. The arboretum is 281 acres of flora and fauna collected from all around the world. It is situated between three Boston neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury. A beautiful Boston cityscape is easily seen from atop Peters Hill. Peters Hill is also the spot for dog owners to congregate. The arboretum offers self-guided tours via personal cellphones as trees are marked with info on how to participate in the tour. The annual Lilac Festival on Mother's Day weekend draws crowds from all around the world to see the more than 200 lilac bushes that provide heavenly aromas as you walk past them. Classes of all levels of gardening and learning about plants are offered through the Hunnewell Building. Inside the Hunnewell, there is a scale model of the arboretum as well as a little book store. The arboretum is also a part of the Emerald Necklace. It is important to note that you are not allowed to take anything out of the Arnold Arboretum, such as flowers, branches, animals or anything else found in the Arboretum.
125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-1718
  • Fax: 617-524-1418
  • Fax: 630-530-7670
  • Accessibility Details: There are wide asphalt paths that allow access to much of the arboretum
  • Hours: Daylight hours, but people commonly walk their dogs, exercise or commute through the arboretum at their convenience.
  • Hours: Sun - Wed, 4-9pm; Thu, 4-10pm; Fri - Sat, 11:30am - 11pm
  • Accessible: yes
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