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Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

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  • One of the largest botanical gardens we have been to. Saw the butterfly display on its last day very fun!! The grounds were beautiful even saw a wedding party while we were there. Must take a lot of w...  more »
  • I lived in Thailand 1 year. My wife is Thai. We have 2 children. I was searching things to do in Madison and was introduced to this magnificent structure. Brought it to my wife's attention and placed ...  more »
  • Olbrich Gardens are truly beautiful! Every time we visit Madison we make a stop. A volunteer gave me helpful ideas for flowers to add to my shade garden back home! The park was open at no cost!  more »
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  • A little piece of paradise. Beautifully presented at every turn something wonderful to see. Presently everything is blooming and bursting with greenness. Hundreds of shades of green with hundreds of colorful flowers. Great places to sit in solitude. Bring a camera or your phone - you will take a picture you would like on your wall.
  • Free Access to the outdoor gardens (donations welcome). They have many different gardens and plants. Different landscaping, etc. Give yourself roughly 2 hours to walk everything at a slow pace. Its a good place to just enjoy being out and walking as well as a good place to go for ideas about plant arrangements.
  • The grounds are well kempt and the staff is cheerful and friendly when you bump into them. The atmosphere is irenic but would be more conducive for studying if it wasn't so close to the road. Though the slight noise can make those intimate‚Äč conversations rather difficult, one still comes away with a memorable experience and strongly desires to visit again.
  • Wish their were some maps throughout the garden... they have signs that point you in the direction of certain parts, but my husband and I found we often didn't know which parts we hadn't yet seen. Got a little turned around... but the garden is gorgeous nonetheless. We didn't like the art installation that was "cling film" wrapped between tree trunks... I'm an art major and I still don't like it...
  • I wish I had had more time to spend here. I was visiting relatives and only had the afternoon. They have fantastic paths and garden areas and an indoor tropical area full of birds. What a photo op. UPDATE: Just attended a beautiful wedding and reception here! Fantastic facilities in a perfect setting.

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The university and state politics draw a constant stream of visitors to Madison, so you'll find a wide range of accommodations in the city. Numerous hotels circle the campus, and some of these overlook Lake Mendota. Moving onto the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, you'll find a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, most of which offer panoramic views of the water. Areas south of Lake Monona feature national chain hotels and motels. These sit farther away from the action around campus and the State Capitol Building, but they can also offer water views and quiet settings near some of Madison's many parks.
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