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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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A woodland paradise in the middle of a city

Located next to the zoo, this is a quiet green oasis. It is huge and it includes Lake Wingra. You... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Madison, Wisconsin
Well maintained spot to explore

Unfortunately it was drizzling the day we stopped here, so we were not able to explore to the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Omaha, Nebraska
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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 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is a must-see, especially around lilac time in the spring. First come the amazing magnolia blossoms, then about the second weekend in May comes the most amazing lilac blooms with over 200 varieties.

Thank Paula W
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Put on your sunscrren and insect repellant and take a hike, gaze at the diverse ecosystems, or ride your bike. This free resource is one of the spots that make Madison special. There's something to see or do all year long. My favorites are riding...More

Thank Wis_Badger_Traveler
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Go to the see the lilacs and flowering trees, it's something not to be missed, really indescribable, just a must experience.

Thank A G
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This looks like a very beautiful place, but we were being carried away from the mosquitos so we did a quick loop and ran back to the car! We wished we could have seen it without all the friendly mosquitos.

Thank SteveMirn
Reviewed 14 May 2018

We just went yesterday to smell lilacs. The Arboretum is always beautiful - especially in spring! It's well maintained and a true asset to Madison!

Thank Kari A
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

What a magnificent campus. If you don’t have time for a hike, just a drive through will introduce you to this beautiful spot. You can drive along the lake and view dorms which have world class views, picnic point, the gardens, stately homes and lovely...More

Thank NWRob
Reviewed 18 March 2018

We saw a huge and gorgeous turkey cross the road right in front of us about 10 feet away, it was absolutely beautiful, and this is in mid March! Great for birdwatching, we saw an enormous pileated woodpecker making a tremendous amount of noise pecking...More

Thank russianwulfgar
Reviewed 22 January 2018

There are basically two parts. South Arb is one beast and is connected to the main place via a tunnel which puts a person through a pine forest and on to an oak savanna. The public building has helpful people and a shop. Expect to...More

Thank billfeeny
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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