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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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Beautiful for a drive, bike or walking visit

The Arboretum is beautiful any time of the year. Keep in mind that if you are driving, the road is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Steve F
Bellevue, Washington
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Perfect Respite from Madison Traffic

We were able to park on the grounds for free and by then some of the city stress was already being... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 5 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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

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
Reviewed 20 July 2017

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.

1  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
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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