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“Visit the Arb”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
Ranked #4 of 108 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 23 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 be astounded by birds and turtles as you wander around. There is a field of lilacs and other trees that is peaceful and has benches. Benches! I love benches.

Thank billfeeny
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"visitor center"
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"cross country skiing"
in 7 reviews
"flowering trees"
in 8 reviews
"ride your bike"
in 2 reviews
"bird watching"
in 3 reviews
"great walking trails"
in 2 reviews
"easy hiking"
in 2 reviews
"lost city"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful place for a walk"
in 2 reviews
"pine forest"
in 2 reviews
"tremendous amount"
in 2 reviews
"lake wingra"
in 8 reviews
"car traffic"
in 2 reviews
"clean restrooms"
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"enjoy nature"
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"full bloom"
in 2 reviews
"nice walk"
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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.

Thank Julie W
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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 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
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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 noise in the background. Visitor Center area has tables and chairs and there's a kid area too. Pets not allowed.

1  Thank Diane B
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