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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
608-263-7888
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Ranked #9 of 48 attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

THE UW arboretum is an urban treasure. I recommended it to an acquaintance today. The Curtis Prairie, Longnecker Garden, and Gallistel Woods are great places for a csaul stroll. The more athletically inclined use some of the trails for jogging or cross-country skiing. My wife and I have spent dozens of hours in the arboretum. It is one of our... More

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

Running trails are easy to get lost, in a good way! Great in summer to get out of the heat! Always groomed well and fun to run on! The 10k loop is a great 6.2 mile route that is filled with different terrain!

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Calgary, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We went for a guided spring wildflower walk, and stayed for several hours, just enjoying the space. They have an enormous collection of woody plants, some are trees decades old, surrounded by natural areas, a marsh and pond. Look for tags on the trees and shrubs to identify, or just enjoy the fresh, clean air. Many pathways for walking, benches... More

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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 January 24, 2014

I love the Arboretum in Madison. It is always so well kept and respected. I swear you can breath better just by being within it's boundaries. BEAUTIFUL place to bike, and even a little challenging, if you like some hills. Perfect for a spring or fall weekend adventure!

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Niceville, Florida
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117 reviews 117 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Very nice...highly recommend. Very well kept. Beautiful landscaping. I'd love to see it again soon (after it warms up).

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My boyfriend likes to bike through the area, but we also hike around here as well. Many different areas (pine forest, prairie, marsh) to experience. Always see some wildlife as well. Again a nice escape from downtown Madison. My favorite experience was hiking through the woods as the sun was going down when about 40 turkey began walking in and... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The arboretum is a perfect place on a crisp fall day for a walk and a little fresh air. It's close to everything in Madison and wonderful for bike rides too. It's never crowded and there are access points in several places. Highly recommended

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Austin, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The weather today was in the 60s with a sunny sky--simply beautiful for touring the arboretum. The trees and shrubs were in various stages of turning color, while the grass still was green and lush. There were many people strolling the grounds but it did not feel crowded. We got the last 2 tickets for the trolley tour today and... More

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