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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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The Arboretum is the Best!

This is one of the best outdoor places to visit in Madison. Especially wonderful are the spring... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paula W
Nothing like it

All seasons this is a great place to get away. There is a lot of variety of regular nature and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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Considered the birthplace of ecological restoration, the UW–Madison Arboretum is a teaching and research facility that conserves and restores land, advances science, offers public outreach, and benefits from community involvement. The 1,200-acre...more
1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
+1 608-263-7888
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All reviews visitor center cross country skiing bird watching great walking trails easy hiking lost city tremendous amount beautiful place for a walk pine forest lake wingra bike ride clean restrooms enjoy nature full bloom prairie lilac trees
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best outdoor places to visit in Madison. Especially wonderful are the spring magnolias and 200 different kinds of lilacs. But the fall is also gorgeous for fall colors and viewing wild turkeys and then winter for cross country skiing.

Thank Paula W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All seasons this is a great place to get away. There is a lot of variety of regular nature and wildlife. X country ski on the south end in the winter. In the spring are the lilacs. All year there is the visitor center which...More

Thank billfeeny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The UW Arboretum, for being so close at hand to urban Madison, is a perfect escape for anyone who simply wants to spend some peaceful time is a tranquil setting. On a sunny fall day (though those days can be few and far between in...More

Thank Sssshhhhhhh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This venue provides a delightful way to spend a half day in the outdoors at your own pace. Maps are provided for self-guided tours. From the flowering trees in spring and summer to the colors of fall and the lushness of the evergreens in winter,...More

Thank WiscRNTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a walk in the nature here to replenish my energy and get away from technology for an hour. Beautiful nature preserve.

Thank RyanIsTall
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Lots of trails lead off the mail road for walking and running. Wear bug spray or move quick. Otherwise an beautiful way to distract yourself while on a run.

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 27 August 2018

If you go, please keep in mind that the young men who created this space did so during the great depression---a time few of us can imagine. These young me ( one of who was my father.

Thank Carter D
Reviewed 25 August 2018

The University Arboretum is really a magical place. I went to school in Madison several years ago and I remember the smell from the beautiful lilacs in bloom. In the fall, he colors are absolutely stunning. This past July, we visited Madison to take advantage...More

Thank kathylh2
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Located next to the zoo, this is a quiet green oasis. It is huge and it includes Lake Wingra. You cannot drive through it but can park at the McKay nature center. It is great for walks and seeing grassland and woodland, there is also...More

1  Thank _wlneuman
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Unfortunately it was drizzling the day we stopped here, so we were not able to explore to the extent we would have liked. What we did see was a nicely manicured area with plenty of things to do to explore nature. This is especially good...More

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Betty K
22 May 2017|
Response from UW_Arboretum | Property representative |
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at the Arboretum, for wildlife and pet safety. Thank you!
23 April 2017|
Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The lilacs are just starting to bloom