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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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Visit the Arb

There are basically two parts. South Arb is one beast and is connected to the main place via a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Madison, Wisconsin
Nice walk

Very pretty place to walk. They have multiple trails and gardens to explore. When the flowers are... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Julie W
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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
+1 608-263-7888
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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.

Thank Julie W
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
Reviewed 3 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 1 October 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 1 October 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 12 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 9 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 22 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
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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!
24 April 2017|
Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The lilacs are just starting to bloom