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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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Address: 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
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+1 608-263-7888

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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Nice piece of nature

I stopped in during the winter to see what was open. The drive in is very nice. There were quite a few cars in the lot. The visitors center is pretty small. They have quite a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in during the winter to see what was open. The drive in is very nice. There were quite a few cars in the lot. The visitors center is pretty small. They have quite a few walking trails, snowshoe trails, and ski trails.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

If you are a fan of prairie restoration, you won't want to miss the birthplace -- Curtis Prairie. You can tell a lot of work and love goes into keeping this prairie vibrant. I visited in December, during a snowstorm, and someone had thoughtfully cleared (at considerable effort) some of the trails so they were accessible. Amazing winter colors, great... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Even when fall is ending and winter is beginning, the Arboretum is perfect place to be. The colors are still beautiful and there is plenty of areas to sit on a bench and take in the scenery. But right as the colors are changing and the leaves are falling, you would be re missed to find photo shoot after photo... More 

2 Thank wirthcontrol54
Waunakee, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A good place to enjoy nature and learn in the process. It is best to take a tour with one of the excellent tour guides

Thank Mike R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The Arboretum is located in the city limit near the belt line. Visitors can learn a lot about different type of plants, especially regional and local. The area is huge and is situated along the shoreline of lake Wingra and Lake Wingra Dam. The Visitor from out of town may need to start by visiting the Visitor Center that has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Great wAy to escape the madtown hustle. Only a quick 10 min drive from town and easy hiking. Enjoy. Don't miss it.

Thank Gregory A
Portage, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Even tho it's late fall, it was beautiful Lots of trails and saw wild turkeys. What a great space in downtown Madison.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Arboretum is divided into two different locations; north and south of the belt-line. From Grassland to Shrubland, Lake Wingra, and botanical research garden your will enjoy your time there. If you are feeling ambitious there is a 10K (6 mi) road/trail around the lake that is filled with smiling faces. Keep you eyes open for red fox, coyotes, wild... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We drove here and stopped at the visitor center first to get some info. There are a lot of fields with trees and trails for walking. It is very peaceful and quiet and a wonderful place to take a walk or enjoy some nature.

Thank Shannon M
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

My daughter and I rented bikes at the entrance to the arboretum.We rode to the nature center walked around the gardens and rode out the other side. It was a glorious day and the perfect way to celebrate fall.

Thank LEllen12

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