Madison has a wide variety of area attractions. Relax, and take some time to enjoy them.
Wisconsin State Capitol
The capitol is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free tours are offered daily. Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday), excluding holidays, during Memorial Day through Labor Day. Groups of ten or more can make a reservation for a tour of the State Capitol by calling (608)266-0382.
You can't come to Madison without visiting State St. Located just steps from The Madison Concourse Hotel, State St. links the Capitol Square with UW-Madison and features block after block of specialty shops, art galleries, gift stores, women's boutiques, ethnic shops, theaters, museums, restaurants and outdoor sidewalk cafes. State Street is noted not only for the large number of great restaurants but also for its eclectic range of ethnic restaurants. From Afghan, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean and Vietnamese to hamburgers and brats, deli, coffee shops, continental and gourmet dining, you can find whatever you're hungry for on State Street. With over 200 shops and stores, over 60 restaurants, over 20 sidewalk cafes, and excellent theaters and museums, there's always something to see and do on State Street.
Memorial Union Terrace
The Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota is a popular gathering place for the UW-Madison campus. Students, staff, alumni and community members love the terrace for food, drink and live entertainment. Overlooking the lake, the views can't be beat, and fun atmosphere is even better. Located at 800 Langdon St.
Comedy Club on State St.
Shows run Thursday (8:30pm), Friday (8:00pm and 10:30pm) and Saturday (8:00pm and 10:30pm), and prices are reasonable ($8-$10 per person). Check their website for information about performers.
You can make reservations by calling: 608-256-0099 or by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
119 State St.
The Bartell Theatre is one of Madison's best live production houses. It's only 3 blocks from the Concourse Hotel. There are generally two or three plays going on at any given time. If you like live theatre, check this out.
113 E. Mifflin St.
The State Historical Museum
Located on the Capitol Square in Madison, the Wisconsin Historical Museum is full of wonderful information about Wisconsin's rich history. Admission by donation (suggested donation: $4 for adults).
30 N. Carroll St., Madison, WI
Dane County Farmers' Market
If you're in town a bit longer, check out the Dane County Farmers' Market. Each Saturday over 300 agricultural vendors convene on the capitol square, making this reportedly the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country! Get up early and walk down to the capitol square for a cup of coffee and some freshly made rolls and pastries, then take a stroll and sample some fresh produce and local cheeses.
Elvehjem Museum of Art
Located on University Avenue, on the Eastern part of UW Campus not far from the Memorial Union, the Elvehjem Museum of Art (LVM for short) has been a fixture at the UW campus for years. The host a large collection of work of arts, be it modern, contemporary, or classical. Admission to the museum is free, but a small donation is appreciated. There are also free guided tours that leave from the center of the museum at fixed days and hours.
800 Uniersity Ave., Madison, WI
Hinchley's Dairy Farm Tours
Want to really experience Wisconsin? Then head over to Hinchley's Dairy Farm to tour a working dairy farm. Located in Cambridge, Wisconsin the farm accepts group tours. Visit farm animals and take an antique tractor hayride to view the crops. Stroll through the barn yard to pet and feed goats and sheep. Gather eggs from the hen house and hold some newly hatched chicks. Moooove on over to the barn to pet calves, look into an 2500 gallon bulk tank of fresh milk, and maybe even try to milk a cow too!
Tina and Duane Hinchley
2844 Hwy 73, Cambridge WI
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
The collection, numbering 4500 objects, includes works by some of the most significant American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A portion of works in the collection reflect significant exhibitions presented by the museum; Wisconsin-based artists are also well represented.
227 State Street, Madison, WI 53703
Inspired by architecht Frank Lloyd Wright, the Monona Terrace is a community and convention center overlooking Lake Monona. Monona Terrace is open daily from 8am-5pm (rooftop garden open until 1000pm), with guided tours given daily at 1pm.
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 261-4000
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Enjoy Olbrich's award-winning Rose Garden and Thai Pavilion and Garden. Outdoor gardens are open daily and free to the public. Enjoy a tropical paradise year-round in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, a glass pyramid filled with exotic plants, bright flowers, a rushing waterfall, fragrant orchids and free-flying birds. Open daily 9:00am-4:00pm, close to downtown.
3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Schusters Playtime Farm
Two Words - Corn Maze.
The Activity Area of Schuster's Barnyard promises fun and entertainment for everyone.We have revived open space behind and within our farm buildings and converted it into fun and educational space. Some activities (barrel train, cannons and pig races) are only available on the weekends.A token is included with each child's package on the weekends. Kids may use the token for riding (animal train) or blasting (corn cannon).
farm implement tire maze
wooden play structures
shelled corn box
maze in tobacco shed with play zones
Sarah's 'turn of the century' play village
The Learning Shed
NEW in 2008
talking chicken and farmer show
long cylinder slide
Take some time and drive over to Spring Green to visit Taliesen. Once home to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesen served as a source of inspiration and experimentation for Wright's techniques, theories, concepts and vision. Many tour packages are available, and range in length from one to four hours long. Reservations are recommended.
For tour reservations & information, for the Bookstore, or for general information:
Call (608) 588-7900 or toll free at (877) 588-7900
Taliesin® Preservation, Inc.
5607 Cty. Rd. C
Spring Green, WI 53588
University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus
At the opposite end of State St. from the capitol square sits UW-Madison. Visit the Allen Centennial Gardens, stroll through the Chazen Museum of Art, walk up Observatory Drive and enjoy the view of the lake, and then head over to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store for fresh ice cream and cheese.
Just across from Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, the Wollersheim Winery sits on a scenic hillside overlooking the Wisconsin River.
Open daily 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., year-round
Guided tours of the winery run daily at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15. The tours last approximately one hour and conclude with a wine tasting. Tour fees are $3.50 for adults.
7876 State Rd 188
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578