Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, first established in 1872, is a 281 acre botanical forest. The forest is home to wild and woody plants, available to scientific research and Cambridge visitors alike.
The arboretum is also part of the seven-mile “Emerald Necklace,” a chain of parks linked by parks, pathways, and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Read about Alison’s trip to the Arnold Arboretum here!
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About the Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum nurtures around 15,000 living plants that characterize about 4,000 kinds of woody plants, which consist of trees, shrubs, and vines.
The Arboretum is truly an educational and beautiful place to visit; with its diverse array of plants, natural landscape, free guided tours available every day, and even an educational mobile app available, Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum is sure to impress.
Furthermore, as the Arboretum runs all year, the plant collection is quite dynamic, changing seasonally. This living museum also has several activities specific to families and children, like Wildlife Bingo and fun scavenger hunts.
Arnold Arboretum Directions
The Arboretum is located at 125 Arborway in Boston.
Unlike most of the other Harvard Museums, the Arnold Arboretum is not located on the University’s campus.
By car, the main forest gate on Arborway can be accessed through Route 203, near its junction with the Jamaicaway. It’s also possible to get to the Arboretum using public transportation by the Forest Hills Station stop on MBTA’s Orange Line or the Monument in Jamaica Plain stop on MBTA’s #39 bus. For a map of the MBTA click here.
The Arboretum is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. For more Cambridge sites, click here!