Trail

Olbrich Botanical Garden

Madison, WI
Length: Varies
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is owned and operated by the City of Madison Parks Division in partnership with the non-profit Olbrich Botanical Society. Olbrich Botanical Gardens features 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The outdoor gardens, feature the Thai Pavilion and Garden, which is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden. Other garden features include the Rose Garden, Rain Garden, Rock garden the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden, Herb Garden and more! Olbrich’s outdoor gardens are open daily and year-round. There are a variety of trails that are great for strollers and early walkers all throughout the gardens all y ear long. There is not a specific trail to follow along, but more connecting paths that connect from garden to garden. Trails are a mix of paved or dirt and most strollers are usable on the garden paths. There are lots of interactive spots for kids to explore and interact with the gardens. The fountains are always a favorite for kiddos to dip their fingers in. You may see birds, coy fish in the ponds, and a view of nearby Lake Monona!

The Bolz Conservatory, a sunny 50-foot-high glass pyramid, houses a diverse collection of tropical plants, a rushing waterfall, free-flying birds, and blooming orchids. The Bolz Conservatory also holds Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies – an annual event from mid-July through mid-August. Free-flying butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily and fly around the Conservatory. A great experience for children of all ages to experience.

 

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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Lake, Natural Play Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Olbrich gardens offers a variety of areas for children and families to explore. Lake Monona and park playgrounds are nearby off garden property. The gardens offer a variety of adventures with every season!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Visiting the garden grounds is free. There is a small fee to enter the Bolz Conservatory and fees may change for the Butterfly exhibit. There is a spacious parking lot adjacent to the gardens and surrounding park areas.

Trail Contributor

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Hello, I’m Abby, one of the Branch Ambassadors for the Madison, WI Hike it Baby branch. I’m a mom to 3 kiddos ranging from baby to school aged. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in several states over the past few years including Indiana, Ohio, Florida and now Wisconsin! We’ve lived here since May 2017 and have absolutely fallen in love with the area and LOVE to explore all the outdoor areas around us. Hike it Baby quickly became part of our lives and has built an amazing community for our family. Looking forward to continue helping families explore and love the outdoors one hike at a time! Can’t wait to see you out on a hike!

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Getting There

Driving directions are available on the Olbrich Gardens website:

http://www.olbrich.org/visit/hours.cfm

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.