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“Winter at the Arboretum”

James H. McBride Arboretum
Ranked #9 of 15 things to do in Huron
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The James H. McBride Arboretum, at the rear of Firelands College BGSU, in Huron Ohio can be a beautiful, peaceful place, even in the wintertime. Bundle up and slide out with your camera. You will be amazed at the quiet beauty found in the colorful Winter Garden located over the bridge between the lakes, or in the stark naked forms of the majestic trees, the weeds asleep in the meadows and savannas, the drifting snows along the trails, or the frozen wonderland found down in the woodland trails along Sawmill Creek. Enjoy the entire site - alone, with no one to photo bomb your picture taking. If you get there right after a light snowfall, you beat all those who could leave footprints to mess up your shots! Follow animal tracks in the snow or teach the kids how to recognize various animals by their prints - and let them make snow angels if they want! You won't want to picnic, but when you return home with an album full of winter photos, you can experience the arboretum again and again from the warmth of your fireplace and enjoy that day you dared to venture out all over again.

1  Thank MICHAEL H
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

It is encouraging to see so much milkweed that attracts monarchs which we need! It is fun to look closely at the milkweed and flowers because you can find a whole community of various insects like milkweed bugs, butterflies, bees... Such a beautiful, peaceful slice of nature! You can't help but marvel at God's creation and escape the "city" for awhile.

2  Thank Dana P
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

It is hard to believe BGSU's Firelands campus is only a half mile south of the busy hwy 2 because you enter a whole different realm when you step out of the car and into the James H. McBride Arboretum. Its sixty or so acres may not be the same size as Dawes or Kirtland, but it is the same in substance. For example, we were amazed to find bald cypress growing so far north. I don't know how they get it to survive. The paved loop around the lake and the longer woodland trail were both immaculate. My only complaint is that the wording on the edges of some of the signs has worn off so you can't read the full name of the species. Admission is free so it is a great place to take the whole family. Even better, it is a great place for both strollers and wheelchairs, and there is plenty of parking.

3  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Unfortunately it started to rain a soon as we arrived. We walked around one of the lakes, I wish we had been able to explore this place on a warm sunny day. I would like to go back some time.

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

The McBride Arboretum is comprised of 58 acres behind Firelands College BGSU, an area filled with hiking and walking trails, three lakes, meadows and savannahs, and formal gardens. Early May features Ohio's largest collection of crab apple trees in blossom, and every month thereafter features colorful formal plantings and wildflowers, gorgeous native tree specimens, examples of restored Ohio prairie lands, as well as programs sponsored by Erie MetroParks. Admission is free, with the arboretum open sunrise to sunset all year. Watch the local media for information about the Arts in the Arboretum series of concerts all summer long. Children love the area, but in the summer do keep them on the trails while walking to avoid the poison ivy!

4  Thank MICHAEL H
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