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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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Most impressive in spring and fall

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My absolute favorite place to run in Madison! Every season brings new sights and smells! Wild turkeys, fox, many birds and of course trees galore! You can road run a 10K or hike many of the hiking trails. A true jewel in the Madison crown!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Though this Arboretum does have some sections that are traditional collections of tree and shrub species (lovely lilacs in late spring!), "the Arb" is mostly restored native ecosystems of woodlands, prairies, lakeshores, marsh, etc., with many trails popular with walkers and runners (not to mention flocks of wild turkeys and other critters). This site was the first in the world... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Arb is where you go any time of the year: spring, for flowering trees; autumn, for fall color, summer for prairie flowers; winter, for cross-country skiing. Things that should be labelled are, and the Center is worth a visit.

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The roses were past there prime, but the different maple trees were just terrific. It was great walking among them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go in Madison! Our most recent trip was during the Fall and the rich, varied color of the trees made for a beautiful landscape for some great pictures! It's a free activity that is great to do alone, with a special someone, family, and friends!

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Address: 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
Phone Number: 608-263-7888
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison

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