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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
608-263-7888
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Ranked #11 of 52 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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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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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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Wisconsin
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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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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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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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