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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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This is a nature place in the middle of metropolitan Madison. Wow, how did I only just find this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
Cannot wait to come back

We came here for a morning walk on Xmas morning since the weather was good. We took a short 30 min... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Downers Grove, Illinois
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nature place in the middle of metropolitan Madison. Wow, how did I only just find this place. Gorgeous!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BAR1025
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for a morning walk on Xmas morning since the weather was good. We took a short 30 min walk around the grounds and it was so pretty with an inch of snow covering the ground. We definitely want to come back here...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank A M
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Wander your way to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and immerse yourself in nature at any time of year. Enjoy the restored prairie or a myriad of other naturescapes. Hiking is encouraged. The visitor center has a wealth of informative displays and volunteers to assist...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MaryB7177
Reviewed 5 November 2018

I moved to Madison in 2005 as a graduate student, and ended up settling here to raise a family. The Arboretum has always been one of my favorite spots, and a great retreat from the city (and part of what gives Madison its charm and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lisamarie1138
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

If you have an hour or two for a hike, there’s nowhere better in Madison than the Arboretum. From early spring through late fall, the Curtis Prairie blooming plants are constantly changing - and the woods provide great options to spot a turkey or deer....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WiskyDave
Reviewed 24 October 2018

There are a few park sections to see here, depending on how much you want to walk. You could just hang around the main building and watch the marsh/grasslands, or stroll around the trees nearby, or you can go on longer walks into the forest-...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mlerth
Reviewed 11 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paula W
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank billfeeny
Reviewed 2 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sssshhhhhhh
Reviewed 2 October 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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 MikeRipp | Reviewed this property |
The lilacs are just starting to bloom