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Arnold Arboretum

Visit the grounds of the Arboretum year round • Enjoy the quiet beauty of nature right in the city • Climb up Bussey Hill Road for an amazing view • Explore a world-class collection of trees, shrubs, and vines collected from around the globe • Stop by the Hunnewell Visitor Center for art exhibitions inspired by trees

Established in 1872, the Arnold Arboretum is open daily to the public as a free landscape for the study and enjoyment of trees, shrubs, and vines. As North America’s first public arboretum and a National Historic Landmark, it is owned by the City of Boston and managed by Harvard University under a 1,000-year lease signed in 1882. Today, the Arboretum is both a beautiful landscape of mature plants and a site for vital scientific research, much of which is done on site at the newly opened research center at Weld Hill.

Originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargent, the Arboretum’s 281 acres include meadows, forest, and ponds that create a naturalized setting for plants collected from around the globe. Its living collection of more than 15,000 plants is one of the largest and best documented in the world.

Peters Hill, the highest point in the Emerald Necklace, provides a glorious view of the Boston skyline. The Arboretum also has a visitor center, changing art exhibitions, and a horticultural library in the Hunnewell Building at the Arborway Gate.

MBTA Trains
Orange Line: Forest Hills

MBTA Buses
16, 21,30, 31,32, 33, 34, 34E, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 – Forest Hills

What you’ll find in the Arboretum

Seasonal Activities
Winter Activities

Arnold Arboretum Map

Arnold Arboretum Calendar

Park Features
Hunnewell Visitor Center
Hiking / walking trails
Biking allowed on paved roads
Dogs on leash allowed
Seasonal art exhibits
Horticultural library
Free tours
Street Parking

Park Partners
Arboretum Park Conservancy
Arnold Arboretum
Boston Parks & Recreation Department