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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
+1 608-263-7888
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Great walk

Nice peaceful place to take a walk. Plants are labeled so you can see what new planting ideas will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
210cubby
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Madison, Wisconsin
"Forgptten Gem"

"I've been runnig, skiing and walking the Arboretum for over 30 years . The staff is great and the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Thomas & Nancy B
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Oregon, 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 grounds are home to protected prairies, woodlands, wetlands, savannas, springs, shoreline, a notable horticultural collection, and Wisconsin native plant gardens. It also offers 20 miles of walking trails and 4 miles of biking road as well as hundreds of learning and volunteer opportunities. The Arboretum is located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway. The main entrance is at 1207 Seminole Highway. The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Arboretum admission is free.
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1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice peaceful place to take a walk. Plants are labeled so you can see what new planting ideas will look like years after planting.

Thank 210cubby
Reviewed 2 October 2017

"I've been runnig, skiing and walking the Arboretum for over 30 years . The staff is great and the types of tree and plants are fantastic. A must see in all seasons.

Thank Thomas & Nancy B
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We went after the Visitor Center and only walked the prairie (a-b). Most trails are gravel roads; some are tiny grass trails and at times we were walking on planks. All same plants and weeds. It would be peaceful if not for the constant traffic...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Go during spring and summer for a meadow of beautiful flowers. Great spot for a nice walk in nature.

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

The Arboretum is beautiful any time of the year. Keep in mind that if you are driving, the road is blocked at the visitor center, although bikes and pedestrians are allowed to continue through. Such a peaceful place within the city limits.

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

We were able to park on the grounds for free and by then some of the city stress was already being shed. The prairie meadows were at full height, a butterfly outdoor class taking place, and we had multiple choices for a hike in or...More

Thank Feenixwest
Reviewed 8 August 2017

You can start at the Zoo and enter by the bridge over the Yahara River. It is a six mile loop that will take through maple woods, a tallgrass prairie and oak savanna. It surrounds Lake Wingra where you can rent small boats. There is...More

2  Thank David P
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We visited the arboretum and were very excited about all of the nature, as well as the great walking trails available. However, upon exiting the visitor's center, the mosquitos attacked. Within ten minutes, my husband, son, and myself had multiple, painful bites all over our...More

1  Thank annEmac18
Reviewed 20 July 2017

BRING BUG SPRAY! The Wisconsin State Bird drove us indoors before too long, but before then we visited some lovely areas, including the wildflower gardens. I only wish they labeled all of the plants. Some were labeled but most were not, and the whole purpose...More

Thank gazooby
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This is a beautiful place for a walk, jog or bike ride. Nice little visitor center with bathrooms and water fill up. All totally free - restoring land back to prairie. We just had a couple hours to kill and this was great way to...More

Thank KEH65
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Betty K
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Response from UW_Arboretum | Property representative |
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at the Arboretum, for wildlife and pet safety. Thank you!
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debwells1027
23 April 2017|
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Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The lilacs are just starting to bloom
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