Welcome to Madison

Situated on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, Madison is a charming and picturesque city with lots to offer - five lakes, 200 parks, miles of bicycle and foot paths, one of the loveliest university campuses in the country, great dining and entertainment, and a stimulating cultural and recreational environment. 

Here are a few highlights:

  • State Street links the University of Wisconsin campus with the Capitol Square. A walk up State Street offers a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, coffeehouses, and shops.
  • The fabulous Saturday Morning Dane County Farmers’ Market is held May through October, around the Capitol Square. Hours are 6:00 am - 2:00 pm. The considerably smaller Wednesday Farmers’ Market is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, located on the southeast side of the Capitol (in front of the Monona Terrace), and is open Wednesdays from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, May through October.
  • Rent a bicycle and explore the city neighborhoods, or one of Madison's many scenic bike paths. Madison B-Cycle is an urban bike sharing program with over 35 active stations throughout the Madison area. Visit their website for station locations and information: http://madison.bcycle.com.
  • Tours of the Wisconsin State Capitol are free and open to the public. Tours start at the information desk and are offered hourly, except at noon, Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturdays at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

A few activities of special interest to children…
The Henry Vilas Zoo is free and open daily from 9:30 am– 5:00 pm.
For additional information, please call (608) 266-4732 or visit their website.

The Geology Museum, located on the University of Wisconsin campus, offers self-guided and guided tours. The museum is open M-F 8:30 am– 4:30 pm, and Saturday’s from 9:00 am -1:00 pm For more information, call (608) 262-1412 or visit the museum website.

The Madison Children’s Museum is located at the top of State Street and is open Monday-Sunday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is $7.95 per person for adults and kids. For more information, call (608) 256-6445 or visit the museum website.