The Arboretum at Penn State, State College

The Arboretum at Penn State is being built on an undeveloped, 370-acre parcel of land adjacent to the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. When fully developed, the Arboretum will include 29.5 acres of botanic gardens and more than 340 acres of environmentally sensitive landscape and restored woodlands. The gardens alone are expected to serve more then 200,000 visitors annually.

Phase I of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens was dedicated in April 2010, and a children's garden was opened July 2014. Phase I contains more than 700 species and cultivars of plants arranged in several striking gardens and collections. Current annual attendance is estimated to be more than 65,000.
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  • So pretty and charming! Really great design. I wish it had been there while I was a student! WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE  more »
  • The arboretum is a great place to go to relax and see great gardens. We got a lot of plant ideas and how to arrange them. The benches and interactive area are also very nice. The children’s area keep ...  more »
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  • A nice little walk. The arborist work is good. A little small. I'd love to see more private/secluded seating. The instruments they have out to play are cool!
  • Not much parking available for students or non-student visitors. Definitely not advisable to visit during the snowy winter as there are so many tripping hazards and nothing is distinguishable. It appears to be more of a private school field trip area than a public education space. I won't be revisiting any time soon as an adult. Kids might enjoy this area better in the summer season.

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