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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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What a magnificent campus. If you don’t have time for a hike, just a drive through will introduce... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NWRob
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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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Even in Winter It's a Really Nice Walk In The Woods

We saw a huge and gorgeous turkey cross the road right in front of us about 10 feet away, it was... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
russianwulfgar
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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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“wild turkeys” (10 reviews)
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1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
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"fall colors"
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"great walking trails"
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"lost city"
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"beautiful place for a walk"
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"pine forest"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Very pretty place to walk. They have multiple trails and gardens to explore. When the flowers are in bloom it is beautiful.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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