Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum now covers nearly 2,000 acres and includes eight miles of hiking trails and a four-mile Auto Tour. Come see some of our more than 17,000 living plants. Relax in our Japanese Garden. Hike through our Woodlands or Dutch Fork Wetlands. Climb our Observation Tower for an amazing view.Make Dawes Arboretum a centerpiece of your Newark vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Newark road trip site.
The Dawes Arboretum is a private, non-profit organization. The grounds are open daily, closed only on New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Please view our website at dawesarb.org/visit/ for our most up-to-date hours, which change seasonally. Admission is free. Membership donations are appreciated. We hope to see you soon!
Dawes Arboretum reviews
We came here with a master gardener who helps maintain one special area. She was a good tour guide. There is too much to absorb in one visit. For the nature lover, it should not be missed.
We came here with a master gardener who helps maintain one special area. She was a good tour guide. There is too much to absorb in one visit. For the nature lover, it should not be missed. more »
My son treated me to an afternoon visit to the Aboretum, and I was very happy to see it again, since I hadn't visit since I was in high school in the early 80's. Dawes is, I'm very glad to say, every bit as beautiful now as it was then. It wasn't overcrowded, and the people that were enjoying the park along with us were very kind in helping to find certain areas. The gift shop was nice and clean, the staff nice to talk with, and the whole afternoon was just amazing. One thing I would suggest is a pond algae cleaner added to the pond in the Japanese garden.
Worth every penny for the day ($10) or year ($40). I recently visited for the first time during the Avian Aviators exhibit. All the staff members were extremely friendly and helpful. The abundance of plant species was impressive. This place is a true gem. I will absolutely be back.
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