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Chesapeake Arboretum Chesapeake

Where is it at?

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Chesapeake Arboretum
624 Old Oak Grove Road
Chesapeake
VA
23320
Tel: 757 819-7510

Where are we going today?

Nature's classroom is waiting at the Chesapeake Arboretum! Here, there are 48 acres of beautiful displays, gardens and trails, all waiting to give you a beautiful time in nature AND teach you all about horticulture and the environment!

In fact, it boasts one of the states finest trail systems, which wander through a hardwood forest filled with beautiful plants and trees. Sounds pretty great, doesn't it!

Within the grounds of the Chesapeake Arboretum, there are the headquarters located on the farmhouse. Here there are a number of theme gardens to explore, including a beautiful antique rose garden, as well as a fragrance garden.

There are even several demonstration gardens, and events held here throughout the year!

During your nature filled day out, kids can learn all about the many specimens of trees and plants through self-guided tours, and periodic guided tours. If you have endless energy, why not enjoy a walk or a run through the many trails?

Those interested in photography will have unlimited opportunities to capture something great, or if you are a little creative, just spend your time painting, or drawing, or writing poetry.

Kids - as you spend time at the arboretum, watch out for the local wildlife! They can be hidden around every corner, and they might just pop out to say hello!

So for all the green thumbs and nature lovers in the family, Chesapeake Arboretum can give you a relaxing, nature filled day out that you might just re-visit again...and again...and again!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Sunrise to Sunset, daily

Open 365 days a year

Teachers corner

They have educational outreach initiatives. Just give them a call to see what your options are.

I'm Hungry!

You can have picnics in their pecan grove, which is just west of the farmhouse. No open flames though.

Healthy Eating!

It's always a good idea to take bottled water and healthy snacks for energy, especially if you are going on the trails..

Any Top Tips?

There is an information kiosk that you can visit to pick up trail maps and information about the area.

Doing our bit

This non-profit organization that look after this beautiful patch of nature. You can help out by volunteering, donating, or adopting a patch of land!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff and the information kiosk about the accessibility of the trails. They will have information there.

More information

There is ample parking for you!.

What people are saying?

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    nice but they need to fix the bridges. the volunteers do a lot to keep it looking nice but the city needs to step up and help them out and fix the bridges

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    I love running and walking here. Nice, peaceful, and not too crowded. There are benches to sit and relax on and enjoy the sights. They started putting down new mulch and they put it really deep so not so nice to run on. Also there are 2 bridges down one on the Orange trail and the Red trail hopefully they will get those fixed up though.

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    I love this place. Lots of signs & tree markers. Great for a nice peaceful walk.

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    Nice paths, lots of signage,

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The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Fog
Temp: 60° F / 16° C
Humidity: 81 %
Wind: SE - 4 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 63° F / 17° C
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: S - 8 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 62° F / 17° C
Humidity: 70 %
Wind: SSW - 11 MPH

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