University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum1207 Seminole Highway, Madison
Tel: +1 608-263-7888
4.0 Stars written by Marilyn Besasie
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 at a giant tree, we saw nuthatches and mallards, deer tracks. I imagine this place would be fantastic for animal watching in summertime. The spring that bubbles up from underneath a big tree is worth seeing, as I like all forms of water features, and it interests me to see water come up out of the ground, as if by magic. Lots of people walking, jogging, hiking, and biking even though it was about 45 degrees outside. The Visitor Center is very pleasant, the desk person super informative and helpful. It's worth giving them a few dollars in donation to keep up the trails and such, seeing as how there is no fee to get in.
5.0 Stars written by L Zebell
Lovely for hikes. The horticultural area has a huge variety of trees that are tagged so you can learn what they are. I always have a relaxing time - just wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy in the springtime!
5.0 Stars written by Kristina Femal
Lovely area with great trails! We went on one off the busiest days (full parking lots) but still didn't see many people on the trails since it's so massive!
5.0 Stars written by Nick Wilkes
A city treasure, the Arboretum is Madison's version of Central Park. Unlike Central Park, the "Arb" is located southwest of downtown but still within easy reach by bike. The grounds include representative samples of all Wisconsin's natural ecosystems, with evergreen and hardwoord forests, tallgrass prairies, oak savannas and various wetlands. In addition, the formal arboretum includes tree and shrub specimens from around the world. There is something for everyone here; cyclists, hikers, strollers and even very sedentary folk will find a way to enjoy nature. Adventuresome folks might enjoy finding the tunnel under the Beltline to reach the super-secret south area of the Arboretum, which hosts another great collection of trails and views.
5.0 Stars written by Oksana Jac
Beutiful place for walks, meditation and outdoor sports activities. Specially good visiting during a week when it's quiet and not so crowded.