For $30, today's deal gets you a family membership (a $60 value) to Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, about an hour east of Phoenix.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an oasis of desert plant life spread out over 320 manicured acres at the base of Picketpost Mountain. A family membership to the arboretum includes free admission year-round for any parents, children, and ghostly ancestors that dwell in the same household. In addition, members receive four complimentary guest passes for visiting friends or circus folk, access to exclusive members-only events, a 10% discount on all gift shop and plant purchases, member newsletters and email updates, and special discounts on arboretum classes and lectures. Bring your brood to the arboretum to reacquaint yourselves with nature, or gift this deal to a newly relocated family to help them acclimate to the distinctive desert climate. Visit March 11 through March 27 (March 11 being for members only) to get 20% off during the big plant sale.
Desert and arid-land plants line the paths of the arboretum, forming specialty gardens and alcoves, such as a butterfly-hummingbird garden, a cactus garden loaded with absurdly succulent succulents, an aromatic herb garden, and a man-made reservoir with scenic views of the surrounding Tonto National Forest. Additionally, the arboretum is home to more than 300 species of native animals, including slithering snakes and toddling tortoises that emerge at dusk, or spiny lizards, which bask in the sun with the abandon of an exhibitionist insurance mascot. More than 250 bird species from across the country frequent the arboretum as well, from curve-billed thrashers to black-throated sparrows.
- At the foot of Picketpost Mountain in Superior, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is often called an oasis in the desert: the arid rocky expanse gives way to lush riparian glades home to 3,200 different desert plants and more than 230 bird and 72 terrestrial species. – Fodor's
- We had a great time walking the grounds and looking at all the pretty desert plants. – Annalisa N., Yelp, 2/2/11
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Sprawling across 392 acres and home to thousands of unusual plant and animal species, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is far from a standard classroom. Here, people learn through exploration rather than through textbooks; they’re able to smell the plants they study and ask native squirrels for direct quotes about soil quality. Jaunts through the park cover a range of terrain. Butting up against the northern face of Picketpost Mountain, the park encompasses canyons, hills, and trails carefully landscaped to duplicate arid environments from around the globe. The cactus garden features plants both sinuous and spiny, creating a vast collection of shapes and textures nestled into the dusty red landscape. Queen Creek Canyon provides respite from the sun, its towering trees thriving in the cool shade. Visitors pick up tips on how to enhance their own yards in the demonstration garden of drought-tolerant plants, which are relatively easy to care for except for when they demand chocolate milk. Additional education can be found in classes and lectures held at the Smith Interpretive Center.
37615 U.S. Hwy. 60
Superior, Arizona 85173Get Directions