Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Garden, Sculpture Garden, and Performing Arts Venue
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    Yoli Z.
    "You absolutely cannot skip the Thai Pavilion if you're here."(5 Tips)
    Laura W.
    "16 acres of manicured gardens along with an indoor conservatory."(4 Tips)
    Alexander O.
    "Incredible free garden with beautiful outdoor displays."(3 Tips)
    Erin J.
    "... in the dome, while the outdoor gardens are free and great for meandering around..."(4 Tips)
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  • Alexander O.heart icon on user image
    Alexander OlcottAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Incredible free garden with beautiful outdoor displays. The indoor garden is also great, it does have a small fee though. Make sure to go to the Thai garden it is amazing.
  • Melody M.heart icon on user image
    Melody McMichaelOctober 6, 2016
    Pretty outdoor free gardens, great to walk around or sit on a shady bench. Herb garden has a really large variety of plants!
  • Erin J.heart icon on user image
    Erin JonesJuly 8, 2013
    It's worth the $2 to see the amazing assortment of tropical plants in the dome, while the outdoor gardens are free and great for meandering around with kids
  • Melody M.heart icon on user image
    Melody McMichaelOctober 6, 2016
    Free outdoor gardens, nice place to walk around or sit on a bench in the shade. Herb garden has a lot of neat varieties.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MacAugust 14, 2014
    Beauty abounds in plentiful outdoor spaces. The wooden arbor is completely brilliant. Who knew?
  • Laura W.
    Laura WJuly 29, 2017
    16 acres of manicured gardens along with an indoor conservatory. Just southeast of the Botanical Gardens is a new beer garden.
  • C
    CSeptember 7, 2015
    The botanical garden is definitely worth the 2 USD. Bring a camera, & take lots of pictures. Climb the tower also!
  • PhotographySchools.com
    We recommend you bike here! The paths leading directly to the gardens see sights such as community gardens and coops. Be sure to save some film for the gardens--the colorful foliage is striking.
  • Carol B.heart icon on user image
    Carol BarthNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Story time here is amazing! The teacher is great & the craft activities are outstanding. Register early as classes fill quickly.
  • Chicken R.
    Chicken RubberApril 10, 2020
    I lost my virginity at this place. It was romantic, yet brutallic! If it wasn't for all the infestations and feces on the grounds, I would of been able to clear up this syphilis sooner than NEVER!
  • Melody M.heart icon on user image
    Melody McMichaelOctober 6, 2016
    Free outdoor gardens. Pretty any time of the year, the herb garden has a ton of varieties
  • Ferdinand G.heart icon on user image
    Ferdinand GaudJuly 16, 2023
    A good place to go for a walk. Can get a bit crowded at times.
  • Casey K.
    Casey KellerSeptember 5, 2014
    There's a lot of things to see here, make sure you don't miss anything!
  • Alexander O.heart icon on user image
    Alexander OlcottMay 29, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The Thai pavilion is beautiful. In the winter the conservatory will help warm you up.
  • Yoli Z.heart icon on user image
    Yoli ZOctober 14, 2015
    You absolutely cannot skip the Thai Pavilion if you're here. You'll kick yourself otherwise. It's magical
  • Katie M.
    Katie M.August 8, 2012
    Spent hours here and loved it! Not necessary to purchase tickets to see the butterfly garden, but it is neat.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanJuly 6, 2016
    Free to explore the grounds, the tropical garden admission is $2.
  • Jessie W.
    Jessie WNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for taking in the outdoors! Must see the Thai pavilion
  • Charles K.heart icon on user image
    Charles KochMay 31, 2016
    Not just a summer destination. The gardens seem to change with every week. Visit often...it's free!
  • DK G.
    DK GeblerApril 27, 2010
    Check out the Thai Pavilion & Garden. It was a gift from the Thai Government and the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Great for photography, fun for the kids. Read more
  • Marcela K.
    Marcela KapferJuly 21, 2014
    Blooming Butterflies Event....overpriced! But, the outside gardens are very nice.
  • Carol K.heart icon on user image
    Carol Kleiber ToomSeptember 8, 2015
    Absolutely gorgeous place! Loved it every piece of it!
  • JH H.heart icon on user image
    JH H-DMay 12, 2016
    So much to see all year round. Stunning
  • Pat N.
    Pat NunemakerSeptember 25, 2015
    Lovely relaxing surroundings
  • Amy R.heart icon on user image
    Amy RobertsonMay 9, 2016
    The gardens are great for 1-2 hours. The conservatory is dated.
  • Olga K.
    Olga KirilchukMay 27, 2012
    By far the prettiest gardens I have seen, and the outside is free $)))
  • Super Z.
    Super ZuMay 23, 2010
    Had a great time here on mother's day, plenty of photo ops and mom loved it. Always free and open to the public!
  • TJ K.heart icon on user image
    TJ KOctober 5, 2014
    Nice, free outdoor botanical garden.
  • Matthew T.heart icon on user image
    Matthew TaubNovember 18, 2015
    Beautiful free garden in Madison.
  • Carol B.heart icon on user image
    Carol BarthOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The new bathrooms are amazing! Check them out!
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn SMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Last day of the Spring Flower Show is today. Don't forget to walk over the only Thai pavilion in the continental United States as well
  • Travis B.
    Travis BurtonAugust 2, 2013
    A great place to walk around and center one's self.
  • GA R.
    GA RJuly 5, 2013
    Great place for photography.
  • Niharika S.heart icon on user image
    Niharika ShahJanuary 19, 2015
    Wander the paths and trails!
  • Dougie C.heart icon on user image
    Dougie CyanideAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    I love voting here!
  • Your 5th Aunt
    Your 5th AuntAugust 5, 2011
    Butterfly garden is disappointing & a waste of your time & money. Much prefer the beautiful outdoor garden.
  • Colby M.
    Colby MoorbergMarch 13, 2016
    The Conservatory is closed for maintenance until March 18.
  • Alena B.
    Alena BryhanJanuary 26, 2013
    Pretty fantastic!
  • Lindsay E.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay EllisOctober 8, 2015
    Horticulture
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn MortimerOctober 27, 2011
    Think about checking out the Madison B Cycle
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