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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
+1 608-263-7888
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Fantastic UW Arboretum!

This is a must-see, especially around lilac time in the spring. First come the amazing magnolia... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paula W
Natural respite close to U.W. Campus and downtown Madison

Put on your sunscrren and insect repellant and take a hike, gaze at the diverse ecosystems, or ride... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Considered the birthplace of ecological restoration, the UW–Madison Arboretum is a teaching and research facility that conserves and restores land, advances science, offers public outreach, and benefits from community involvement. The 1,200-acre grounds are home to protected prairies, woodlands, wetlands, savannas, springs, shoreline, a notable horticultural collection, and Wisconsin native plant gardens. It also offers 20 miles of walking trails and 4 miles of biking road as well as hundreds of learning and volunteer opportunities. The Arboretum is located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway. The main entrance is at 1207 Seminole Highway. The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Arboretum admission is free.
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1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see, especially around lilac time in the spring. First come the amazing magnolia blossoms, then about the second weekend in May comes the most amazing lilac blooms with over 200 varieties.

Thank Paula W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Put on your sunscrren and insect repellant and take a hike, gaze at the diverse ecosystems, or ride your bike. This free resource is one of the spots that make Madison special. There's something to see or do all year long. My favorites are riding...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go to the see the lilacs and flowering trees, it's something not to be missed, really indescribable, just a must experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This looks like a very beautiful place, but we were being carried away from the mosquitos so we did a quick loop and ran back to the car! We wished we could have seen it without all the friendly mosquitos.

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

We just went yesterday to smell lilacs. The Arboretum is always beautiful - especially in spring! It's well maintained and a true asset to Madison!

Thank Kari A
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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

What a magnificent campus. If you don’t have time for a hike, just a drive through will introduce you to this beautiful spot. You can drive along the lake and view dorms which have world class views, picnic point, the gardens, stately homes and lovely...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

We saw a huge and gorgeous turkey cross the road right in front of us about 10 feet away, it was absolutely beautiful, and this is in mid March! Great for birdwatching, we saw an enormous pileated woodpecker making a tremendous amount of noise pecking...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

There are basically two parts. South Arb is one beast and is connected to the main place via a tunnel which puts a person through a pine forest and on to an oak savanna. The public building has helpful people and a shop. Expect to...More

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Reviewed November 27, 2017

Very pretty place to walk. They have multiple trails and gardens to explore. When the flowers are in bloom it is beautiful.

Thank Julie W
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Nice peaceful place to take a walk. Plants are labeled so you can see what new planting ideas will look like years after planting.

Thank 210cubby
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Betty K
May 21, 2017|
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Response from UW_Arboretum | Property representative |
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at the Arboretum, for wildlife and pet safety. Thank you!
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debwells1027
April 23, 2017|
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Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The lilacs are just starting to bloom
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