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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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Walking through the Arboretum in May when the lilacs are in bloom is the best time of the year to visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Walking through the Arboretum in May when the lilacs are in bloom is the best time of the year to visit.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The University of Wisconsin Arboretum was the first Arboretum in the United States, and it is a treasure not just for the researchers who use it, but for residents and visitors alike. A large prairie with varied trees, beautiful soft grass, trails through woods, an amazing lilac garden, and much more. Deer, turkeys and other animals and birds abound. Relaxing... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful and amazing. Is well worth the time, very enjoyable.walking is very easy in this area.helps when weather cooperates

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Being in a rush to see all of Madison that I could on my short stay, my friend made sure to squeeze the Arboretum in for me. We found the sleep entrance and began the beautiful winding drive into the arboretum. The drive is breathtaking and I just wish I could have stopped for some photos, but sadly stopping or... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Beautiful place with very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Tucked away but well worth the trouble to find it and take a leisurely walk through.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The red leafed picture, points out the great scenic drive, walk, bike ride especially in season. Catch the lilac blooms in spring, and the turning of the maples in the fall. Both are short but beautiful seasons. There are several natural and artificially maintained environments here, as horticultural experiments for UW.

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The Arb is as close to "wilderness" as you can get in Madison. Miles of trails allow you to explore each one of Wisconsin's many natural habitats and you can easily spend a half-day getting lost and found. We regularly bike through the Arb on cross-town rides and the kids love exploring the and forest, prairie, and little hidden ponds.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

There's always something new to see at the Arboretum. Numerous paths walk you through forest, prairie, over streams and through demonstration gardens. Something is always blooming and you can catch a glimpse of wildlife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Beautiful woods! We had a really nice time strolling thru the arboretum. It was worth the drive from Stoughton. And it's free!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a nice area to go for a Sunday drive, take a walk, or ride your bike. Unfortunately, it is blacked off in the middle so you can't drive from one end to the other. There are several parks on the outskirts.

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