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A Stroll through the Arboretum

Strolls in Santa Cruz are kinda a thing. A Sunday stroll on West Cliff Drive or along Pleasure Point, a little shopping stroll Downtown or in the Village, a mellow stroll through the redwoods…Santa Cruz has got the whole relaxing walk thing DOWN. And another one to add to the list – a stroll at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. With 135 acres of gardens and blooms, the UCSC Arboretum is a unique and beautiful place to walk through nature.

Photo courtesy of @xxhsgxx

Large collections of plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and California natives are found on the grounds. See a variety of rare fruit trees, succulents, and bustling aroma gardens – bustling with hummingbirds and bees that is.

Photo courtesy of @patdurr

The Arboretum is open daily for self-guided tours from 9am to 5pm and admission is just $5 for adults, $2 for children (age 6 to 17) and kids under 6 are free, as well as students of UCSC. If you’d rather have a guide for your exploring, stop by on the first Saturday of the month for a free tour with an Arboretum specialist. And a great time to visit is this Saturday, October 15th for their annual Fall Plant Sale!

Photo courtesy of @ucscarboretum

Take a peek at some more Arboretum photos and see what others are saying about their visit!

“I’ve been to the Arboretum many times, and each time I visit, I find another treasure. This is a great place to spend a sunny weekend day. And on weekdays, you can feel like you’re all alone in this beautiful garden.” – Vin S.

“UCSC’s Arboretum in Santa Cruz is a hidden gem that is a must for plant lovers. From the wonders of the Australian and South African gardens to the bamboo forest and the collection of carnivorous plants (a big hit with our children), the Arboretum is a wonderful place to unwind and reconnect with nature, and with some truly unusual species.” – Baba Al C.

Photo courtesy of @glennmwhite

“This place is really, really cool. Great paths. Take a special friend or walk by yourself, either way you’ll love it. Serenity. Lots of benches or rocks to sit on along the way if you need a break or want to talk or listen. The flowers were super pretty and exotic. I’ll be back to explore more next time.” – Walker Y.

“This is such a fantastic place so much of the year, but the real prizes are in the early winter with the monarch butterflies and mid-winter when all the australian plants bloom.” Jim A.

Photo courtesy of @redwoodapple

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