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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Address: 3330 Atwood Avenue Madison, Madison, WI 53704
Phone Number: 608-246-4550
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Ranked #1 of 41 Attractions in Madison
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Onset, MA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Display room decked out with poinsettias and waist-high evergreens. Model trains running through incredible Lego constructions.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The inside area was pleasant and enjoyable. Wish it were larger as it didn't take long to see the entire place. The staff were friendly.

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Milan, Italy
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The gardens in winter time are very fascinating, the froozen river and the thin snow coat make this place a peaceful and restful place to spend some of your time. The Conservancy is also very interesting with a lot of trees and plants from Australia, Southern America and Asia but also flowers and bushes. There are also birds, like the... More 

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Antigo, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A lovely place in every season! Meandering paths take you to lots of different gardens. Don't miss the Thai pavillion outside and the tropical greenhouse/aviary inside! We have come back many times. At Christmas they had trains set up amidst the poinsettias - not sure if this is an annual event - our granddaughter was fascinated!

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california
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Outside not green in the winter, but did see the Thai pavilion which was very nice. Inside was so warm and tropical. It was very cold outside and the $2 per person trip inside the building was such a nice experience.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

One of Madison's finest public spaces. A great place for varying purposes -- you can relax, you can have fun, etc. There are also classes, exhibits, and other events that make this an important community hub.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Olbrich is a wonderful place to visit in every season. The kitchen garden and the Thai Pavilion are among my favorite places to visit in warm weather, and during the winter I love the warmth and lush greenery of the conservatory. There are wonderful restaurants nearby, too!

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madison, wi
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Getting better every year. More beds, better beds. Lots of color and variety. Many exhibits, indoor and outdoor. Concerts and other events. A wonderful destination.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The outdoor gardens are beautifully landscaped and each area provides quite and serene cubby-spots to enjoy a good book or take in the flowers, trees and bushes.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Olbrich is a wonderful place to visit - year round! It's one of my favorite spots to visit in winter! The indoor garden is warm and tropical - and you may see some birds and fish too. It's a wonderful escape from the cold when the temps dip below freezing. Be sure to check out their drop in yoga classes... More 

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