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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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Description: 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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Recombobulate your soul

The beautifully arranged plantings and trees give you a peaceful place to wander randomly while enjoying a restful get-away from the busy city and campus.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The beautifully arranged plantings and trees give you a peaceful place to wander randomly while enjoying a restful get-away from the busy city and campus.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Whether you walk the trails north or south of the 12/18/151 Beltline, you will be amazed at the calmness that nature can bring. Turkeys, bikers, runners, walkers and families with children all share the solitude of walking trails, gardens and interesting nature center.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Breathe in the fresh air and relax in the Univ. of WI Madison's Arboretum. The grounds are well kept with amazing trees and lawn. Come for an afternoon with a packed picnic. Bring a blanket and get in a nap. It's a true delight solo or with friends.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This place is great for all seasons. There are 4+ types of ecologies going on there: pine and deciduous forests, prairie, marsh, lake, and a nice central park visitor's center. Biking running, hiking, and even driving all through this gem are easy and well maintained. I hate to say this, because it might drive up traffic, but the secluded south... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Although the weather on the day of our visit was rainy and dreary, we spent 2-3 hours wandering around here, and enjoying this beautiful gem that Madison is lucky to have. I would imagine this is the type of place that the citizens of Madison don't take advantage of as much as they should. They are very fortunate, as it... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a great place to unwind, take a stroll and enjoy the wonders of nature. Wild turkeys, deer, and the like are often found wandering the grounds. PLEASE be aware of the "rules" posted... no picking anything, leave the wildlife alone, leave your pets at home and no picnics.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We go to the Arboretum often as we enjoy the change of the seasons. We like to watch the wildlife of birds, squirrels and turkeys. If driving be careful for walkers, runners and bike riders. Some do not watch out for traffic.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A few miles from the downtown, this is a large green tract of land next to a small lake. As I am a nature lover, this is a place to escape to for quiet viewing of wildlife. As well, there is a horticultural area to display more exotic plants and a nature center. The Curtis prairie, wetlands, forest stands are... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful prairie land with trails to walk through. Saw deer, field mice, birds. Also a nice garden with labeled trees and shrubs and wild turkey. THere is a admin building but it was closed the morning we were there. Supposedly has displays.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

It is a great place for wandering in the beauty of nature provided in the fall months in Madison. It gave me a wealth of material for my photographs that I post on the Web.

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