We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
Phone Number: 608-263-7888
Website
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 152 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
An oasis in Madison!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
thomasheck
,
Rockford, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review

152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 143: English reviews
Rockford, Illinois
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Helpful?
Thank thomasheck
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

Helpful?
Thank M M
Oswego, Illinois
Level Contributor
106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

Helpful?
Thank DisneyDad21
Madison, WI
Level Contributor
59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Helpful?
Thank orchidbee
Boston
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Helpful?
Thank BlueBadger
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank Iintrepid
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank Samantha P
Level Contributor
27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank Victor P
Verona
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Went there for a hike, was busy because the trolley had just started for the season. Nice for folks that can't walk, they can still enjoy the beauty. The trails are easy and less busy then the gardens. Always something to see.

Helpful?
Thank Carol G
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

I've lived in this city since coming for college, and the UW arboretum along with our easy access to several lakes sit at the top of the list of why I have stayed here. This is a great place to get away from it all in any season. After a snowfall, the woods are beautiful with silence. In fall you... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Mary A

Travelers who viewed University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum also viewed

 

Been to University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?