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Wander your way to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and immerse yourself in nature at any time... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MaryB7177
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Perfect for every season

I moved to Madison in 2005 as a graduate student, and ended up settling here to raise a family. The... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wander your way to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and immerse yourself in nature at any time of year. Enjoy the restored prairie or a myriad of other naturescapes. Hiking is encouraged. The visitor center has a wealth of informative displays and volunteers to assist you on your visit. Driving through is reserved for a limited time on Sunday afternoons. Treat yourself to nature’s beauty with a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I moved to Madison in 2005 as a graduate student, and ended up settling here to raise a family. The Arboretum has always been one of my favorite spots, and a great retreat from the city (and part of what gives Madison its charm and stops it from feeling too much like a huge city).

In the summer and fall there are beautiful hikes through both wooded and prairie landscapes. In the spring the Longenecker Gardens have an amazing collection of lilacs (every shade of lilac imaginable, ranging from white to lavender to dark violet to pink) that infuses the air with its scent, as well as many flowering magnolias and crabapples. In the winter, you can cross country ski/snowshoe in the trails and find the 'lost city'.

Since it's affiliated with the university, there's a lot of research going on as well as various educational programs/tours/walks and exhibits in the visitor center. Also, it's free! My kids love exploring it and we've really only seen a small fraction of it, and I hope it continues to foster a love of nature in them. It's a nice way to get them off their screens for awhile.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have an hour or two for a hike, there’s nowhere better in Madison than the Arboretum. From early spring through late fall, the Curtis Prairie blooming plants are constantly changing - and the woods provide great options to spot a turkey or deer. In winter, plenty of options for hikers, snow-shoes and skis. The classes and seminars provide lots of options to learn about the plants and creatures that inhabit the Arb.

Thank WiskyDave
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a few park sections to see here, depending on how much you want to walk. You could just hang around the main building and watch the marsh/grasslands, or stroll around the trees nearby, or you can go on longer walks into the forest- all things really nice. There are also some houses along the road it would be nice to stroll past them too. Would be lovely to go for a picnic in warm weather. The drive inside the park was really nice. Bicycling would be great too.

Thank Mlerth
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

This is one of the best outdoor places to visit in Madison. Especially wonderful are the spring magnolias and 200 different kinds of lilacs. But the fall is also gorgeous for fall colors and viewing wild turkeys and then winter for cross country skiing.

Thank Paula W
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

All seasons this is a great place to get away. There is a lot of variety of regular nature and wildlife. X country ski on the south end in the winter. In the spring are the lilacs. All year there is the visitor center which offers plenty of distractions. If you walk around from there you can see plenty of turkeys hanging around the dump.

Thank billfeeny
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

The UW Arboretum, for being so close at hand to urban Madison, is a perfect escape for anyone who simply wants to spend some peaceful time is a tranquil setting. On a sunny fall day (though those days can be few and far between in Madison), there is no place better place to be. A big plus is that you never feel "crowded."

Thank Sssshhhhhhh
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

This venue provides a delightful way to spend a half day in the outdoors at your own pace. Maps are provided for self-guided tours. From the flowering trees in spring and summer to the colors of fall and the lushness of the evergreens in winter, this is a definite four-season attraction. It is also a great setting for bird-watchers!

Thank WiscRNTraveler
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

I took a walk in the nature here to replenish my energy and get away from technology for an hour. Beautiful nature preserve.

Thank RyanIsTall
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

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
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