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Nichols Arboretum - 318 Photos & 106 Reviews - Parks - 1600 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor, MI - Phone Number - Yelp
Came here after seeing it on numerous "things to do in AnnArbor" sites. Coming from a small liberals school, I think it's SO cool that U Mich has this park in the middle of their campus.
I went during COVID times, so the visitor center was closed but the park itself was open and we were able to easily find street parking on the side (although we did go on a weekday).
The park is just the right size to explore multiple trails, while not getting overwhelmed. I was so surprised at the different kinds of environments you see there--rivers, manicured grass fields, rail tracks, botantical gardens, and tall fields. It was so beautiful and amazing. Highly recommend to take a picnic here. It'll have you spending 1-2 hours.
Covid times got me a chance to explore the Nature close by . I have been thinking of this place for almost an year and finally did it. This place is amazing and peaceful.
M-28 parking lot on washington hts is free after 5pm weekdays and free all day on weekend but hardly there are no free spaces. Got free street parking coz its Sunday.
Walked around 1.5 hr and explore 2-3 trails. The best part is the river. Its so peaceful to sit with your feet in the water and enjoy the scenary. As you explore you'll find one of the richest landscapes in the region, as well as a complex glacial topography that presents vast panoramas, broad valleys, and intimate dales and glens.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: I was going stir crazy and couldn't stand another day sitting inside/not being active. But, I wanted to be responsible about what I was going to do. I figured reconnecting with nature would be a nice win-win situation.
My Los Angeles/California idea of what an arboretum is..is not this! In my mind, this is more like a nature park (poh-tay-toe, poh-tah-toe!) because of the expansive space to walk on trails, along the Huron river and marked trail running if you wish!
We walked about 2 miles and felt like we could keep a safe 6' from other folks also enjoying the arboretum. The trails were a smidge muddy but they're not difficult so you don't need heavy duty hiking boots but try not to choose sneakers that have completely flat/smooth soles like I did.
I'm looking forward to visiting when the peonies are in bloom (Mid-May to Mid-June).
Beautiful arboretum. Peonny garden is gorgeous during summer time, a must see. River is also very peaceful. Worth walking around and exploring it's pretty big and beautiful to explore. Worth taking the time to picnic if you have extra time on you. Easy parking nearby and many entry points.
Peace and mind-healing solace is but minutes away from the Michigan campus and the S. University district. A favorite place of mine to visit as a kid has only gotten more intriguing as an adult (the outside part at least). After a very long time I finally got to visit again, the last time being in the dead cold of winter (at night no less).
It had rained and threatened to do so again but that slightly cool, very humid air also was conducive to a hike. We entered from behind the hospital complex and Ronald McDonald House, which is the quickest way to reach the vast peony garden. Too bad it was September and not May when they typically bloom. Still, the nice signs and species descriptions were a glimpse of what could be. In fact, it was the presence of all those tags and specially isolated trees and plants we encountered throughout the walk that impressed me the most. When I was a kid everything goes, today, the arboretum is a splendid example of the university's environmental protection and studies program.
Down by the (mighty 'Urine, pronounced with a nasal East Coast accent) river (Huron) we lingered on some felled trees and skipped some rocks. Despite the recent rain the river remained at its normal levels, perhaps attesting to a year affected by climate changes and less rain. Ascending to the Geddes Road entrance was delightful. It was heavy humidity now under the canopy of the trees. The paths were more groomed than memory served and I appreciated the raised trails over rare and exotic species of plants. Even in fall there's no shortage of natural intrigue.
Recommended for solo mini expeditions and family outings.
This is a green oasis in downtown AnnArbor. Come here to enjoy trails for walking, running, or cycling. On your journey you'll find benches for sitting, beautiful river views, lovely flowers, shady trees, and grassy areas perfect for relaxing or playing. The arboretum is so expansive that it is easy to find a quiet spot for yourself. Perhaps most importantly, the arboretum is free which means you can visit as often and as long as you like!
Went back when the peonies were blooming! I got lucky I got out of work early and had a short walk to the garden. It was scorching hot that day, but definitely worth it. Will surely be back next year, hopefully all the flower beds will be planted.
One of the few places with true greenery in AnnArbor. Super natural, and everyone is respectful of the area. Great place to walk around, relax and take some pictures. It can get pretty busy with visitors on a nice day but it's a very large area so there's plenty of room. Got family photos taken here and they turned out great during the fall colors. Great backgrounds everywhere you go that make for awesome photos. Not sure of the policy on hammocking or picnic but this seems like a great place to do it as long as you're respectful of the park. Bring some friends or family and just go for a nice walk, you won't regret it!
The Arb is the perfect place to go on a beautiful day. There are winding paths with tall, luscious trees all around. My favorite place is where the Huron River runs through the Arb...the scene is so picturesque. Walking along the paths,it is hard not to feel peaceful.
One reallycool activity they do is Shakespeare in the Arb where local actors perform Shakespeare plays in the woods. Each scene is done at a different place, so viewers walk along the paths between Acts. I saw Twelfth Night and really enjoyed it.
The only down side, I would say, is the bugs. But I still can't wait to go back!
Updating my review to include a rave for the INCREDIBLE peony gardens here. It's my favorite time of year and it's currently upon us so I felt obligated to update to share my love.
Over 270 varieties of peonies can be found here and they hold over 800 bushes and can bloom up to 10,000 flowers at peak time. They come in a variety of colors, shades of pink, red, white, and some yellow. And the smells! it smells incredible there thanks to all those stunning blooms. During certain days they also have performances in the garden. Last year when I was there they had a lovely concert of Chinese flower music put on by the Confucius Institute at UofM. It was such a lovely afternoon.
The park itself is pet friendly so there are lots of dogs moseying through the gardens with their humans (our pup loves going there with us). Pack a picnic and spend an afternoon here taking in the sights or bring a camera and capture all the beauty to tide you over to the next year.
The Arboretum is huge so FYI--the peony garden is located near the 1610 Washington Heights entrance.
Beautiful beautiful park right in downtown AnnArbor.
Loads of trails to explore, both flat and hilly (if you want a challenge). Stick to the main path and you have a leisurely (well, until you get to the hill by Geddes) stroll practically around the whole park. Break off into the smaller paths for a bit more challenging terrain but lovely, foresty views. In the middle of the park is an open grass area perfect for picnicking, frisbee, or just hanging out.
Pup friendly. Tons of people walking their dogs. Just keep them on a leash and you'll be grand. My little dude absolutely LOVED our time here and enjoyed running up and down the trails, sniffing all the plants, and getting some fresh air. Just be prepared on a hot day with some water for you and your pooch. They do have drinking fountains (for dogs too!) but sometimes they're further away when you need them.
In the late spring/early summer enjoy the peony garden and the lilacs by the overlook near the Geddes entrance. It looks BEAUTIFUL and smells even better.
One of the trails goes by the Huron river and it's a lovely view. My pup and I laid out a picnic blanket and had a bit of lunch and a rest there and it was fantastic.
I can't wait to spend more time here this summer and unlocking all the secrets each season has to offer here!
We started frequenting the arboretum years and years ago, always going through the entrance on Washington Heights to see the peony bloom every year (late May/early June). Several times we lucked out and stumbled on the annual peony sales. We picked up a few peony tubers for our own home garden.
The peony garden can be accessed walking a hundred yards or so at the most, and there are an ample number of benches so one can sit and read and look at the thousands of blooms and listen to nature. But it's a nice space even after the peony bloom.
Later, we started walking around the rest of the arboretum, and was surprised by its spaciousness and the variety of terrains. That such a special place was saved so close to the university and the hospital is amazing.
It is, without any reservation, the most satisfying arboretum in the Midwest.
Love this place a lot. A great place to walk your dog, take a jog, read a book or have picnic with friends. My favorite part of this arb is each summer, Shakespeare in the Arb, which starts from 2001, will take place here. The show is always awesome. This year's show is Love's Labour's Lost. All the actors and audience move to different locations in the arb when scene changes.
Show starts at 6:30pm and ticket office opens at 5:30pm. If you come to the show during weekend with great weather, come around 5pm! Two years before, I came 3 times to finally get ticket. It's great show, so many people come. The show last 3 hours. Bring chair/blanket to make yourself more comfortable.
NicholsArboretum is a very lovely park right next to the U of M medical campus. Parking may be potentially a little tricky, but we were here on a weekend so there were a few more options. The great thing is that admission is free! This would be a great place for families, dog-walkers, or really anyone who loves spending a little time in nature.
There are several miles of easy- to moderate-intensity trails, my favorite of which pass by the river. Their gardens, especially the peony gardens they have now, are also lovely. The blooms are huge, colorful, and very fragrant! This would be a great place to spend a few hours on a nice spring/summer morning or afternoon.
What a beauty! This arboretum is sooooo huge and has so many trails. We came at 7 on a Sunday morning to run and there were already few runners who have started their way. It was a beautiful morning and just perfect for an outdoor fun and hilly trail work out.
It's mostly green everywhere and more like a forest to me. There was also the Huron river. It's well-preserved and maintained for research and it is founded by University of Michigan and more than a 100 year old garden.
Location is close to the UM Hospital and Mott's Children's Hospital. We parked at the Mott's parking lot.
Beautiful place to visit, especially if you are a peony fan like me! I never knew there were so many different kinds of peony out there. The key though is to make sure you go during the peak season. Unfortunately the peony season is short lived, and last year I went about a week too late and there was not much left to see. This year I went the second week of June and there were tons of blooms still out. I would think early June is the best time-but check their website before going, they have information on the best times to go. I plan to make this a yearly visit!
NicholsArboretum is a beautiful and spectacular park in AnnArbor. It is close to downtown. After visiting NicholsArboretum , I felt impressed with the surrounding environment.First, there are many plants in the Peony Garden. They were just planted and not blooming yet.Second, as you go to the river , there is a fantasy little world with fairy houses. They are small constructions with branches and stones. They are made by children. They are awesooooome!!!. Third, you can see the Huron River. It is so big and it carries a lot of water. There you have stone steps to stand on and to observe the place. It has a tree stump to climb on and take a photo with a beautiful background. You can go for a walk along the river, breathe some fresh air , or take your kid to do outdoor activities. I recommend you go to NicholsArboretum if you love nature.