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UCSC Arboretum

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Address: 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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The cheapest vacation you'll take

You'll feel like you've travelled all over the world when you visit this world class arboretum. Exotic species from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia abound. Go in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll feel like you've travelled all over the world when you visit this world class arboretum. Exotic species from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia abound. Go in the spring when most things are blooming.

Thank Khutton56
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a mere $5 you can experience a beautiful botanical garden not far from downtown Santa Cruz. Worth it!

Thank Kaye B
Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Our friends recommended the arboretum. It was the last thing we decided to do before we left Santa Cruz. We walked through the arboretum using their map. What a lovely experience. The kids enjoyed the 'strange' plants and especially the rabbits and quails. What was really nice was that we weren't expecting to see butterflies and there were Monarch butterflies... More 

1 Thank yjc2005
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We started our day in Santa Cruz at the arboretum. There are several walks to take through their paths. They are different lengths. A lot of the plants are from Australia. It was nice to get up close and see the interesting blooms. There were several birds. The humming birds were the ones that stayed around in the trees. The... More 

1 Thank joelwx39
Dublin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a wonderful exhibit for those interested in vegetation from the handful of mediterranean climates in our world. Road access is easy from High Street, Santa Cruz adjoining the UC campus. The arboretum is organized by geographic area, California, Chile, South Africa, the Mediterranean, and SW Australia with all their native plants, shrubs and trees well represented. Walkways are... More 

Thank figgie32313
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

UCSC Arboretum highlights South African, New Zealand, and Australian plants, in addition to showing our native California plants. The scientists and curators have for years developed exotic plants to make selected specimens from the UCSC collection practical to grow in California gardens.Truly, you can go around a corner and suddenly feel you are thousands of miles away from Santa Cruz.... More 

1 Thank Linda B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I stopped by the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum today to see if I could get some video of our White Leucistic Anna's Hummingbird. Success! Please enjoy this rare footage.

Thank Ferd B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Visited the UCSC Arboretum. They have a Hummingbird trail which is great. There are lots of Hummingbirds and other birds and animals to see. At $5.00 entrance fee, it's a cheap location to visit. There is seating around the area which allows you to sit and observe these tiny beautiful birds.

Thank MikeWarrender50
Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I think this must be my third or forth time coming here but I took a much different route. I was very successful shooting Hummingbirds. I am so impressed- I will go back tomorrow for more. If you are into Botany, you will be in heaven here.

Thank 427BeatleBob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

For the sheer visual treat, don't miss this wonderful arboretum! You can learn something if you want to, or just go for a walk and gawk.

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