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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

#14 of 101 things to do in Madison Features Animals
1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
+1 608-263-7888
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Doin' the Six Mile Loop

You can start at the Zoo and enter by the bridge over the Yahara River. It is a six mile loop that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David P
Nice Scenery, but VERY Buggy

We visited the arboretum and were very excited about all of the nature, as well as the great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Champaign, Illinois
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Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land, advancing the science and practice of ecological restoration, and fostering Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Dedicated staff, students, faculty and volunteers have created a rich landscape, renowned for its prairies, savannas, forests and wetlands -- and for the beauty of its gardens in spring with lilacs, magnolias and crabapples. To celebrate the our 75th Anniversary we invite you to find your enduring connection with the Arboretum.
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1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
+1 608-263-7888
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank David P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

BRING BUG SPRAY! The Wisconsin State Bird drove us indoors before too long, but before then we visited some lovely areas, including the wildflower gardens. I only wish they labeled all of the plants. Some were labeled but most were not, and the whole purpose...More

Thank gazooby
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This is a beautiful place for a walk, jog or bike ride. Nice little visitor center with bathrooms and water fill up. All totally free - restoring land back to prairie. We just had a couple hours to kill and this was great way to...More

Thank KEH65
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We went hoping to possibly catch a glimpse of the lost city..but no luck. I think one would have better luck in the winter. The trails aren't marked to great and there is alot of signage with no signs.

Thank beachcruizer77
Reviewed 6 June 2017

You could spend all day here. Unfortunately we only had about an hour, it had been raining and we were not really dressed for walking on wet grass. There are not many trails, just mowed grass. It would be wonderful to take a picnic and...More

Thank Fearlessmsla
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Great place to spend an afternoon of easy hiking, bird watching, wildlife spotting, and plant identification.

Thank jh26
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is the place to visit if you enjoy nature and the indigenous life of the area. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure and take a camera. Start your trek at the Visitor Center.

Thank Ed B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I have never been to the arboretum before and just loved it! It was like hanging out in someone's beautiful back yard

Thank CatherineX2
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Lilacs and crabapple trees are in full bloom, and there's a local art installation on the way to the Maple Forest. Many different types of birds (didn't see a wild turkey, but they're here) and trees; a great stroll on a spring morning! Speaking of...More

Thank Chris B
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24 April 2017|
Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The lilacs are just starting to bloom