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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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Address: 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
Phone Number: 608-263-7888
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Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land,...

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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Great quiet spot near downtown

Great spot to hike, jog or bike. Nice trails, great visitor center. Catch the incredible lilac and other flowering trees in May, next to Visitor Center. Very romantic spot.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Great spot to hike, jog or bike. Nice trails, great visitor center. Catch the incredible lilac and other flowering trees in May, next to Visitor Center. Very romantic spot.

Thank MarySt54
Nw Chicago Suburbs
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

There are many walking options, from wide and level paths to hilly trails. There's a nice overlook from which to admire Lake Wingra that is an easy walk from the parking lot.

Thank HobbitGirl
Madison, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you are thinking that an arboretum is just a collection of trees in a nice setting, this is far more. The UW Arboretum is a large area on the shores of Lake Wingra that serves as a living laboratory for the University. Although many locals think of it more like a park or conservation area, it is managed, and... More 

Thank WiscPedalGal
North Mankato, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

A lovely forest in the middle of the city. Wonderful flowers, trees, flowering trees, and other botanical wonders. Nice visitors center.

Thank SarahJC8511RL
Madison, Wisconsin
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85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This is a large arboretum right in Madison Wisconsin. Miles of trails through prairie and woodlands. Extensive variety of trees and shrubs, nice education center. Nice variety at different times of the year with beautiful crabapple displays when flowering in the spring and nice color on the maples in the fall. Trees have labels ,however they are small metal tags... More 

Thank Stephen O
Gaborone, Botswana
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82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The UW Arboretum holds a special place in my heart. I have biked there with a friend and hiked to the ponds, gone for many walks through the woods, joined naturalists on a winter walk through the snow-covered prairie looking for owls, collected insects from rotting trees for an entomology class, accidentally walked into a family photo shoot, and even... More 

Thank Abby_Mapes
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I went to one of the guided tour (it was about Conifers) and it was so amazing and interesting that I plan to go back there as soon there are others! Thanks to Catherine I learned a lot of interesting facts about these trees that I won't forget ever! In other places such tours are really expensive: here are free!

Thank uriziel
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

As an urban forestry major, I have always had a romanticized idea of the arboretum. We went here for a class trip in college. (mind you, that was a good 15 years ago now) I had a great time then. I've been back since, and there are some great things about this place and some disappointing things. I am in... More 

Thank JAK5878
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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407 reviews
217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I visited the Arboretum in the morning on a weekday, so there was plenty of parking near the visitors center. The restored prairie is very extensive and the gardens north of the visitors center have a lot of great photo moments. Much less busy than the botanical garden, makes it a great place to relax. I will be back once... More 

Thank JesseWhite
Plover, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Twilight is my favorite time of day to visit the UW Arboretum, the trees seem to come alive and mist often rolls in along the grass. It's an amazing experience.

Thank Barbara J

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