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Parks and nature in Madison

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“Even in the winter, this place is magical, especially if you visit the Conservatory, a tropical paradise. Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. In the outdoor gardens, visit the Thai Pavilion and Garden. Olbrich's Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden. Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden, opened to the public in 2005. Olbrich's rose garden features innovative mixed borders of Midwest hardy shrub roses and perennials. Also stroll through other specialty gardens such as the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden, and Herb Garden. Olbrich's outdoor gardens are open daily, year-round.”
  • 52 locals recommend
“1200 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs and nearly 20 miles of hiking trials!”
  • 24 locals recommend
“Great place to lie in the sun or shade, take a quick dip in the lake, play volleyball or even rent a canoe or kayak. There is a nice place structure for kids as well. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Great spot to take the pups for a walk, or just an easy place to walk around and experience nature”
  • 11 locals recommend
“A lovely garden that is maintained by the University of WI - Madison. About 1.5 hours to walk through at a leisurely pace.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Trails from this park follow the shoreline of Lake Monona which will lead you to downtown Madison for a stunning view of our great city!”
  • 6 locals recommend
“The 550-acre conservancy protects Pheasant Branch Creek, which supplies Lake Mendota with 1,800 gallons of crystal-clear water every minute. Visitors will find extensive nature trails running throughout this oasis of pristine woods and wetlands. Beautiful trails for walking, running, biking. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
“Cherokee Marsh is minutes away. Beautiful hiking trails, bird watching, cross country sking, snow shoeing and fishing ”
  • 2 locals recommend


“If you're traveling with kids, Westmorland park is the closest playground. There are also Tennis courts, and in the winter two ice rinks (no skate rentals onsite though).”
  • 1 local recommends