Free Things to do in Madison - UW Arboretum

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The University of Wisconsin Arboretum is a must for anyone living in or visiting Madison.

The arboretum is 1,200+ acres of maintained land for research, educational opportunities, and recreation. When visiting the arboretum you'll run into people trail running, cycling, having photoshoots (it's an engagement photo hot spot), drawing, painting, picnicing, and snowshoeing / cross country skiing depending on the season! Check out the UW Arboretum map before your adventure.

Things to do at the UW Arboretum

Run/jog/walk the trails




Cross country ski


Volunteer- The Arboretum has a variety of volunteer opportunities  if you are looking for an avenue to give back to the community while having fun and being outside

Free walking tours - held every Sunday at 1pm

Free garden tours - held April-August on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. until dark and Saturday afternoons from 1–3 p.m. in the fall.

Free family tours and activities - held on the second Sunday of every month from 1:30-2:30pm and include walks, crafts, tours, activities, stories, plants, and animals


Don't forget the bug spray!