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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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This is our favorite place to come in the Spring to view the magnolia blossoms, crabapple blossoms and lilac bush blossoms. They have wonderful hiking and biking trails and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is our favorite place to come in the Spring to view the magnolia blossoms, crabapple blossoms and lilac bush blossoms. They have wonderful hiking and biking trails and a great way to spend a few hours with the family.

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

This is a premier place to visit in Madison, particularly when the lilacs are blooming in the spring. They come in all shades of purple and the air is wonderfully scented. The vistas are enchanting with flowering fruit trees and other flowering trees and bushes. A must see!

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

If you like peace and serenity there is no better place. If you like bike riding or hiking this is your place. Nice trails for hiking or cross country skiing. A little bit of heaven right in the middle of Madison.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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118 reviews 118 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Biking/walking - any day of the week is beautiful (no traffic can go all the way through). On Sundays you can drive your car through the arboretum. Stop and take a walk in the forest along Lake Wingra or stop to take a look at the beautiful spring blooms. Very near Vilas Zoo, Vilas beach, and Vilas park - make... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The beautifully arranged plantings and trees give you a peaceful place to wander randomly while enjoying a restful get-away from the busy city and campus.

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Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Whether you walk the trails north or south of the 12/18/151 Beltline, you will be amazed at the calmness that nature can bring. Turkeys, bikers, runners, walkers and families with children all share the solitude of walking trails, gardens and interesting nature center.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Breathe in the fresh air and relax in the Univ. of WI Madison's Arboretum. The grounds are well kept with amazing trees and lawn. Come for an afternoon with a packed picnic. Bring a blanket and get in a nap. It's a true delight solo or with friends.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This place is great for all seasons. There are 4+ types of ecologies going on there: pine and deciduous forests, prairie, marsh, lake, and a nice central park visitor's center. Biking running, hiking, and even driving all through this gem are easy and well maintained. I hate to say this, because it might drive up traffic, but the secluded south... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Although the weather on the day of our visit was rainy and dreary, we spent 2-3 hours wandering around here, and enjoying this beautiful gem that Madison is lucky to have. I would imagine this is the type of place that the citizens of Madison don't take advantage of as much as they should. They are very fortunate, as it... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a great place to unwind, take a stroll and enjoy the wonders of nature. Wild turkeys, deer, and the like are often found wandering the grounds. PLEASE be aware of the "rules" posted... no picking anything, leave the wildlife alone, leave your pets at home and no picnics.

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