Madison Information and Attractions

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Located between two gorgeous lakes, Madison is Wisconsin's state capital and home to University of Wisconsin, Monona Terrace Convention Center, and the Overture Center for the Arts. Touted time and again as one of our country's finest cities, Madison has plenty to offer visitors no matter the season.

The University of Wisconsin

Camp Randall Stadium Visit Website »
Built in 1917, Camp Randall Stadium is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. The current capacity (76,129) ranks among the nation's largest school-owned stadiums.
Location: At the corner of Monroe and Regent Streets on the west side of the UW campus
Travel Time: 10 minute walk
Telephone: 608-262-1866

The Kohl Center Visit Website »
The Kohl Center is the home of the UW men's and women's basketball teams and the men's hockey team. It also hosts a variety of concerts and other special events throughout the year.
Location: At Dayton and Lake Streets, on the southeast side of the UW campus
Travel Time: 5 minute walk
Telephone: 605-263-5645

The Memorial Union Visit Website »
The Memorial Union is at the center of campus life and offers restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, game rooms, and outdoor recreation.
Location: At Langdon and Lake Streets
Travel Time: 3 minute walk
Telephone: 608-265-3000

The Pyle Center Visit Website »
The Pyle Center is the primary conference facility for the University of Wisconsin-Extension and boasts state-of-the-art meeting and audio/visual facilities.
Location: 702 Langdon Street
Travel Time: 1 minute walk
Telephone: 608-262-1122

Convention Facilities

Monona Terrace Visit Website »
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace is one of the newest full-service convention facilities in the state of Wisconsin, and one of the largest in the Midwest. Building tours, “The Wright Picture” photo exhibit, a rooftop garden, and stunning views over Lake Monona are all part of the Monona Terrace experience.
Location: Southeast of the Capitol, between East Wilson Street and John Nolen Drive
Travel Time: 15 minute walk, 5 minute drive
Telephone: 608-261-4000

Alliant Energy Center Visit Website »
One of the most versatile exposition centers in Wisconsin, the Alliant Energy Center of Dane County hosts city-wide conventions and seasonal exhibitions, as well as concerts and other major events. It is also the home of the UW Women's Hockey team.
Location: On John Nolen Parkway, near the Beltline (U.S. 12/18)
Travel Time: 10 minute drive
Telephone: 608-267-3976

Madison Attractions

Wisconsin State Capitol Visit Website »
Rising between the waters of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, Wisconsin's Capitol Building is a bright accent on the Madison skyline. The best way to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Capitol is to see it for yourself, by taking a free tour.
Location: At the Northwest end of State Street
Travel Time: 10 minute walk
Telephone: 608-266-0382


Henry Vilas Zoo Visit Website »
Adventures with animals from all over the world await in a beautiful, sprawling park setting just minutes from the Campus Inn! The Discovering Primates Complex, the Big Cat Complex, and the Children's Zoo are among the highlights. Free admission.
Location: 702 South Randall Avenue
Travel Time: Less than 10 minute drive
Telephone: 608-258-4190


Olbrich Botanical Gardens Visit Website »
Explore the mystery and beauty of nature in 16 acres of outdoor display gardens including the award-winning Rose Garden and the Thai Pavilion and Garden. Enjoy a tropical paradise year-round in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory.
Location: On the northeast side of Lake Monona at 3330 Atwood Avenue
Travel Time: 10 to 15 minute drive
Telephone: 608-246-4550


Shopping and Outdoor Markets

State Street Visit Website »
The State Street pedestrian mall provides a host of venues from book stores and cheese shops to coffee houses, clothing stores, bars, restaurants, and numerous boutique shops. A walk down State Street will take you from the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus to the steps of the Capitol Building.
Location: From Lake Street (on the UW campus) to Carroll Street (at the Capitol Building)
Travel Time: Less than one minute walk


Dane County Farmers' Market Visit Website »
The Dane County Farmers' Market is a Saturday tradition in Madison, where you'll find homemade, home-grown Wisconsin products and the season's best bounty of fresh produce.
Locations and hours:
Early winter: Monona Terrace
Through December 27
7:30 a.m. until noon
Late winter: Madison Senior Center (just off The Capitol Square, on Mifflin Street)
January through April
7:30 a.m. until noon
Spring & Summer: The Capitol Square
The last Saturday of April through the first Saturday in November
6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Travel Time: 10 minute walk


Performing Arts

Overture Center for the Arts Visit Website »
Home to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Repertory Theater, and Madison Opera, The Overture Center is Madison's home for the city's major arts organizations. A $200 million-dollar, state-of-the-art facility designed by internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli, the facility contains the fabulous Overture Hall, the intimate Playhouse, three black box multipurpose spaces, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, meeting rooms, four art galleries, a soaring glass lobby, and the Capitol Theater, which has been returned to its original name.
Location: The box office is located at 211 State Street, on the lower level of the Civic Center
Travel Time: 5 minute walk
Telephone: 608-258-4141

University of Wisconsin Visit Website »
The University of Wisconsin offers numerous performing arts venues.



Chazen Museum of Art Visit Website »
Located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, the Chazen Museum hosts an impressive collection of paintings, prints, sculpture, watercolor, prints and applied & decorative arts. Seasonal exhibitions and the Chazen Museum Shop complete your visit to this Madison cultural icon.
Location: 800 University Avenue at Murray Street
Travel Time: 5 minute walk
Telephone: 608-263-2246


The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Visit Website »
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art offers 51,500 square feet of space for the study, presentation, and conservation of modern and contemporary art, as well as a 7,100-square-foot rooftop sculpture garden. Public amenities include spacious galleries, a 230-seat lecture hall, a children's classroom, a new-media gallery, and a study center for drawings, prints, and photographs.
Location: 227 State Street, in the Overture Center for the Arts complex.
Travel Time: 5 minute walk
Telephone: 608-257-5722


Wisconsin Historical Museum Visit Website »
Experience Wisconsin's distinctive heritage on four floors of changing galleries, permanent exhibits, and a unique museum store.
Location: On the Capitol Square at 30 N. Carroll Street
Travel Time: 8 minute walk
Telephone: 608-264-6550


The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Visit Website »
The award-winning Wisconsin Veterans Museum tells the story of the men and women from the Badger State who served in America's conflicts from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War.
Location: Across from the Capitol at 30 W. Mifflin Street
Travel Time: 8 minute walk
Telephone: 608-267-1799


Madison Children's Museum Visit Website »
Wisconsin's first hands-on museum for children. “Dig into Dinosaurs” and “The Milking Parlor” are among the hands-on exhibits and programs for ages birth through eight years old.
Location: 100 State Street just off the Capitol Mall
Travel Time: 8 minute walk
Telephone: 608-256-4445


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