Plan Your Visit, Sights

Exploring Nature in Madison

Photo Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society

If you need some time away from the conference to recharge in the fresh air, Madison provides many opportunities in its wide array of outdoor spaces!

University of Wisconsin Arboretum

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Covering 1200 acres of grounds, the Arboretum features a wide range of ecological communities and over 17 miles of trails. The Arboretum is also home to horticultural collections, effigy mounds, and a visitor center. A great place to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin spring weather!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Photo Credit: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Owned by the City of Madison Parks Division, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is made up of 16 acres of gardens and the Bolz Conservatory. These award winning gardens are a perfect place for the family to take a break from conference activities and enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin spring weather!

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Photo Credit: UW Archives

Covering one-third of the total acreage of the UW-Madison campus, The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is situated on the southern edge of Lake Mendota. Made up of 300 acres, this natural area is a hidden gem on campus. The preserve features 12 miles of trails and make sure to check out the famous 4.3 mile Lakeshore path that connects the preserve to the main UW campus and ties the entire preserve together. 

Lakes Mendota and Monona

Photo Credit: UW Archives

As a city situated between two lakes, it is hard to ignore the stunning waterfront views found throughout the city. James Madison and Tenney Parks offer great outdoor spaces to relax by Lake Mendota and BB Clarke Beach Park and Olbrich Park provide beautiful views of Lake Monona. If you’re looking to be a bit more active, check out the 12-mile Lake Monona bike loop!

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