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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
608-263-7888
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Ranked #12 of 53 Attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Activities: Running
Owner description: Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land, advancing the science and practice of ecological restoration, and fostering Aldo... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

visited another year in May actually. Pleasant place that's well-maintained by university. Didn't do, but they have tours & trolley? rides.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

What a nice treat to get back to the Arboretum after so many years. I'm grateful to the people who have continued its upkeep and been faithful to its historic profile. We had a lovely, fall afternoon to wander through the maple grove and down to the Wingra Woods spring trail. Back out to the prairie and we watched a... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Wonderful place to enjoy nature and roam around the different sections. The bathrooms outside have running water. During regular hours, the visitor center is open.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Worth the trip. In summer a spectacular view of a prairie meadow; in winter cross country ski trails. Right in town.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just brought a visitor to see this hiding gem. It never disappoint me no matter in what season to see this pressures place. All of my visitor are love the trip and all want to stay longer.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is primarily an outdoor science lab. A large collection of trees. I guess it's nice of UW to let the public walk around, but that's all you can do. The signs direct you to other nearby parks, for recreation. No dogs allowed, so our dog had to stay in the car. No picnics, so we had to eat sandwiches... More

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Edison, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I rented a Madison City bike and rode through the Arboretum. Its basically just a long road winding through the woods. It's beautiful but there's no signage labeling various trees, no seating, etc. There are a few little foot trails of the road into the woods you can walk on but I didn't try them because you can't bike. A... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It was gorgeous. I would have like a bit more signs giving me the history of the arboretum but overall, it was a great walk.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Arboretum is Outdoor Wisconsin at it's best. Nice visitors' center. Hundreds and hundreds of indigenous plants. You'll forget you're in the center of a city. A real gem if you love "nature".

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This arboretum was established by the University of Wisconsin in the early 1930's to educate, study and re-establish natural landscape of this area. If you are a hiker, biker, birder, photographer, skier, researcher or historian you will enjoy the 1,260 acres of green space in the city. You are free to bike, run and ski through out the area. You... More

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