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East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society

1601 Patterson Rd, Athens, TX 75751-5300
+1 903-675-5630
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Beautiful Gardens

East Texas Arboretum is well worth the stop if you are passing through Athens! Close to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa B
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Relaxing!

We meet friends from Dallas here two or three time a year we have such wonderful visits. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
2oldnomads
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Tyler, Texas
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One hundred acres of wooded beauty, trees, flowers, and wildlife await your discovery at the East Texas Arboretum. The forest appears to come alive as you meander along two miles of woodland trails. Camouflaged frogs, insects, and even deer often scurry away as you pass. Make your way along winding, spring-fed streams connected by a 115-foot suspension bridge. Experience life in early Henderson County at the historic Wofford House Museum. Built in 1850, the home was relocated to the Arboretum several years ago. It now stands as a reminder of early pioneer days complete with period furnishings, memorabilia, and a seasonal garden. The Arboretum is available to host reunions, meetings, retreats, weddings, receptions, and picnics. Just imagine how beautiful a bride is when framed in the arbors of spring! Come join us for a walk in the park!
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Hours Today: 07:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1601 Patterson Rd, Athens, TX 75751-5300
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

East Texas Arboretum is well worth the stop if you are passing through Athens! Close to the highway, our family was glad we took the time to stop and visit this garden. The Arboretum has done an excellent job of setting up garden rooms or...More

Thank Lisa B
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for that wonderful review! Yes, you will have to come back in the fall when the leaves are changing! There IS a chain fence around the Veteran's Memorial Wall, but it isn't "roped off". It is always open to the public....More

Reviewed 21 February 2017

We meet friends from Dallas here two or three time a year we have such wonderful visits. Beautiful almost year round.More

2  Thank 2oldnomads
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thanks for your review! Yes, the gardens are ever changing here at the arboretum. The poppies are coming up now. They should be in full bloom by the end of March or the first of April. Feel free to give me a call for an...More

Reviewed 13 February 2017

We stopped at the East Texas Arboretum on our way through Athens TX on our way home to Fort Worth. Obviously in February the off season plantings are not yet up to full growth, still the planting beds are well laid out and starting to...More

2  Thank cillaron
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a great place to spend an hour or a good part of a day. With in-season roses, azaleas, and other flowering plants in spring/summer/fall one can wander the grounds at will and the small entry fee is...More

2  Thank TheGantster
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This arboretum is located in Athens Texas which to me is a very charming town . It cost $4 for adults and $3 for kids.. There is no parking fee. The place is excellent for the entire family. Small kids can have a great running...More

3  Thank Vimari K
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

Thanks so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Please DO come back soon! We are planting our Fall flowers today.....pansies, snapdragons, cabbage, kale, and swiss chard, etc....

Reviewed 23 August 2016

Gorgeous Beds of flowers, hiking paths, vintage buildings....the arboretum has it all! We brought visitors from L.A., and they couldn't believe a town the size of Athens had such an amazing attraction. Popular for weddings and prom pics!More

2  Thank sstarkes1
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

Thank you for your review! Our guys work really hard keeping the grounds in tip top shape! Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming for two young guys, but they do their best. We do have volunteers that come and go, but could use them every...More

Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I love coming here to just walk around and be in nature. It is kept very well clean and maintaind. There is also an old house to explore. It is only a few dollars to acess, and is more than worth it.

1  Thank Christina J
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Thanks for your review! We are a non-profit and highly depend on volunteers to keep the park looking good. We only have two young guys that are employees and they do an amazing job! Please spread the word! Thanks again!

Reviewed 24 June 2016

It was early this spring when I last walked through this wonderland of flowers. Many interesting items and hundreds of floral species to enjoy. Spend a few hours just enjoying nature, listen to the birds and lovely breezes. Many helpful things to learn.More

1  Thank Carolyn C
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Thank you for your review! Please tell your friends and neighbors to come out and enjoy!! Also, if you know of anyone that would like to Volunteer to help, have them give us a call. We are a non-profit and depend highly on volunteers. Come...More

Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Took a drive to Athens today to have lunch and visit the Arboretum. The cost is $4 for adult and you might need cash since there is a kiosk to leave your money. There is an office but I didn't go inside. It was sunny...More

1  Thank JLGlenn
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Thank you so much for you awesome review! We are a struggling Non-Profit. We only have 4 employees and two of them are the grounds guys. We highly depend on volunteers to help keep the weeds in check. If you live in the area or...More

Reviewed 12 June 2016

This is a lovely place. The entrance and area in the front of the park are landscaped, have pretty gardens and buildings. There is also a newish Veteran's Memorial honoring those who have served from the local area. There are walking trails that are heavily...More

1  Thank bfigueriedo
Carolyn G, Assistant Director at East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2016

Thanks for your review! The rain this year has been good and bad. We have grown some healthy weeds. If you know of anyone that would like to volunteer, send them our way! We always have something for them to do! Carolyn

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Richard G
Are you open during the week?
9 September 2015|
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Response from Carolyn G | Property representative |
I'm sorry for late reply. We had a change in management and I just found out we were on Trip Advisor. We are open from Sun Up until Sun down 365 days of the year. Come see us!
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