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“Don't Miss the Thai Pavillion”

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
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Walking Dinner Tour in Downtown Middleton
Ranked #1 of 97 things to do in Madison
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Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical conservatory.
St. John's, Canada
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104 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Don't Miss the Thai Pavillion”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

We had a delightful time visiting the botanical garden and especially the Thai Pavilion. I felt like I was back in Thailand and it was great to escape into quiet nature into the garden for a few hours away from a conference.

Visited November 2012
Thank TA L
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
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English first
Plymouth, Minnesota
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is a great place to go and get away from the city. You can spend a few hours walking around the place.

Visited July 2012
Thank Katie W
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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Very well done”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I didn't expect much from a botanical garden in Madison. I mean, we live in the midwest. How good could it be? At best, I thought I might get a few ideas for my own garden. Boy, was I wrong! This garden is very well done, and I found myself taking pictures every few steps. There are woodland gardens, prairie gardens, rose gardens, scuptures, water gardens, bog gardens, and even vegetable gardens, and if you're there at the right time, you can see butterflies emerging from their crysalis inside the conservatory. It's a nice way to spend an hour or two.

Visited June 2012
Thank jbillin
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San Diego
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93 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Blown away”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Let's start out with the fact that the outdoor portion of these gardens were free. Yes, free. The indoor conservatory portion cost us $2.00 per person, which I gladly paid, not because the indoor part was spectacular, but because we wanted to support the whole place.

We had just dropped off someone at the airport and wanted something to do for a couple of hours until their plane left. (make sure they took off ok). About 10 minutes away was the Olbrich gardens.

As a visitor, the grounds were scrupulously maintained. The conservatory was nice, with tropical plants, a waterfall and a few butterflies left. There were 15 outdoor gardens, with easy walking paths. We spent a couple of hours wandering through and no one was bored.

If you like theme gardens and are in the area, go.

Visited August 2012
Thank Ghostwheel
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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212 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Always something new each season.”
Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

We most often stop in and see the gardens when in Madison. With warm weather coming early and staying late the gardens were particularly spectacular this year. We are great hosta fan's and they abound. Everything is so well done and worth the trip.

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