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Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center

#111 of 162 in Parks in Iowa
The 140-acre Arboretum is set into natural Iowa prairie. Collections are grouped by species such that trees within a genus or species may be compared. Prominant collections include Gymnocladus dioicus (Kentucky coffeetree), Ulmus spp. (Elms), and Maclura pomifera (Osage orange).
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  • Great most any time of year. They have a gravel road that goes around the well maintained and landscaped grounds. There are several ponds with ducks and fish. Varied trees and some prairie grasses. Yo...  more »
  • I regularly take my three young kids here to hike and play at the nature play area. They love it and I love the peace and quiet.  more »
  • GORGEOUS place that just so happens to double as an absolutely beautiful wedding venue! A wedding photographers dream come true- bridges, willows, and beautiful meadows with wildflowers! If you're looking for an adventurous-type venue without leaving Iowa- The Brenton Arboretum is the place to go. I cannot wait to book another wedding here!
  • The main attraction for my family is the natural play area. The trails are nice and peaceful. Not much shade yet, so be prepared for that. And bring bug spray during buggy times! New in 2019 - the trail around the pond is now paved. The labyrinth is fun to do. Follow the road past the natural play area and pavilion, past the big willow tree and pull off to the right at the next parking area you come to. Then head back towards to the left (crossing the road) to the labyrinth. You can't see it from the road. It's not a hedge maze type structure. It's made of stones set into the ground.

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