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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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Great place for walks and runs!

Lots of trails lead off the mail road for walking and running. Wear bug spray or move quick... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa L
If you wish to see true Prairie, go to this wonderful place

If you go, please keep in mind that the young men who created this space did so during the great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Carter D
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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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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

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
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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