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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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Magical Gardens

Whenever I travel to the Madison area, I like to make the Olbrich Botanical Gardens a destination... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Karen F
Maplewood, Minnesota
Second time around is a charm

The first time we visited this garden in a summer late evening, my wife complained of insect bites... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical conservatory.
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3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5808
+1 608-246-4550
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Whenever I travel to the Madison area, I like to make the Olbrich Botanical Gardens a destination stop. Twice I have been able to experience the fall light show which transforms the gardens into a magical space. I highly recommend that light show which is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Karen F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time we visited this garden in a summer late evening, my wife complained of insect bites and she fled the garden in a hurry. So there was not much from that first visit. Second time on my way to Lake Superior I scheduled...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WheelingTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited and toured in the winter, so the conservatory of rain forest and other trees and plants was fabulous--every specimen labeled for easy identification and a cat walk so one can see from above--outstanding. As it was winter and some construction going on, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Deborah B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very pretty and Christmas train very fun area. birds and plants were nicely labeled and it was clean and comforbale

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lynderee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a great place to visit anytime of the year. I love the trains, the butterflies, and the outdoor walks!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BAR1025
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Blooming Butterflies is not to be missed! With a contained rain forest to walk through, you feel like you're walking through a lush, giant terrarium where you even have butterflies land on you!😀 And that's not even mentioning the outdoor gardens wonderland!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Linda D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Over the years the gardens have grown and gotten better and better. One of the best I've seen in all my travels. Some of the special events like the butterflies and the light shows are wonderful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Madison737
Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

I live nearby and always like walking here. The conservatory with its green jungle is particularly appreciated in winter months. The landscaping is creative.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 10juliai
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

Just a relaxing, comfortable place in Winter. Really great in Summer. Enjoy a nice stroll exploring different plants and don't miss crossing the channel to see the pavilion.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joachim L
Reviewed 12 November 2018

We went to the gardens for an art fair, not realizing what a nice little hidden gem this place is. The art fair was very nice too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lori L
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sorry no pets are allowed.
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Response from OlbrichGardens | Property representative |
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located on the Capital City bike path, offering easy access to and from the gardens for bikers. However, bikes are not allowed inside the gardens or conservatory. There is plenty of bike parking... More