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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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Address: 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711-3726
Phone Number: 608-263-7888
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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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Only one biking trail here

There is only one biking trail here but it is actually a street where cars are allowed as well. However, there is a lot of hiking trails. You can park your car at the visitor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is only one biking trail here but it is actually a street where cars are allowed as well. However, there is a lot of hiking trails. You can park your car at the visitor center (nice, clean restrooms here) and start exploring from here.

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I guess I was expecting a more touristy experience. There is no tour, gift shop, etc. If you are an avid hiker, this is the place to go. It's free, and you have 1400 acres of walking you can do. My husband and I did check out the 35 acre garden next to the pavilion. It's mowed and well kept.... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wandered through the grounds, there is no clear path, but we had a nice map. I was especially interested in seeing a cork tree, which we found. We also saw smoke trees, and some wild turkeys up in crabapple trees, eating their fill.There was a wedding in the rose garden while we were there, which is fun to see.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This arboretum is magnificent. The plant specimens are fairly well marked and they are show to their absolute best in this beautiful setting.

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Thank M M
Oswego, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Lots of trails to explore. Wide variety of trees and plant life. Free admission and easy access by car or bike trail. I'm sure its beautiful in fall!

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

A great place for a quick hike, a jog, a bike ride, and to see the many native plants in a variety of reconstructed ecosystems. The prairie is beautiful and there's a lovely hidden boardwalk across a small marsh in the middle of the Gallistel woods. The only bummer about this place is you can't picnic anywhere!

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is a great place to see the different kinds of flora and fauna that have been cultivated in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. It's a great place to walk and wander, take hikes, bike, and take kids and seniors. The different variety of trees and flowers and wildlife is a feast for the eyes and it's right in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

In early may the lilacs, magnolias crab apple trees and more were in full bloom and what a sight! The world’s oldest restored prairie, Curtis Prairie occupies 73 acres south of the Visitor Center and represents an incredible restoration. Before the mid-1800s, prairies and savannas covered most of southern Wisconsin. Today, approximately only 0.1% remains. Yet decades of intensive and... More 

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Thank Iintrepid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Soooo pretty!! And it makes me feel good there's such an extended effort to keep plant diversity alive! Walked through the huge prairie preserve and in a huge tree preserve area. Attention to detail is also appreciated. There were little metal tags wrapped around all the trees in the tree preserve area indicating the genus and species and who it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

As an avid runner and cyclist, the Arboretum is a second home to me. There are miles of unpaved trails through biomes ranging from prairie grassland to dense forest to lake shore marshes making every trail exciting. It's a highly visited place but if you venture off the most central trails, you'll find a refreshing solitude that is perfect for... More 

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