State Capitol

The Capitol Building Tour absolute must-see if you’re in the area. You can take a self-guided tour (most of the building is free to roam) that includes the top, exterior rotunda in the summer, or guided tours are also available. The exterior rotunda, which has the best view of Madison and its lakes, is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Click Here for a Map of Madison.

Farmers’ Market

This is the best farmers market ever! Saturdays at the Capitol Square (All the vendors set up around the beautiful Capitol Building) from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can enjoy some cheese curds, warm spicy bread stuffed with cheese, and of course fried cheese. Oh boy do I love cheese! Of course, there are very fresh fruits & veggies for sale here too. We go on Saturdays and then visit scenic rotunda at the top of the capitol building (it’s free!) after our walk at the farmers market. It is active from Memorial Day through Labor Day around the Capitol Building and is available indoors at the Monona Center & Senior Center during winter. Link to website.

University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Madison: stroll around and enjoy it’s beauty and then shop and eat along State street, which connects the University to the Capitol. See a football, baseball, or hockey game or just hang out at the Memorial Union beer garden and enjoy a brat & a beer while people watching and enjoying the views of Lake Mendota. We love taking the kids here to see what campus life is like. A must-see is the Carillon bell tower at 1160 Observatory Dr. We stumbled across this unique tower as the bell “organ” was being played by an eccentric professor. You can climb to the top and get a great view of the campus. You can also climb Bascom Hill for a nice view of the campus and the Capitol.

Click here for a campus map. 


Madison is rich with museums including the Wisconsin Historical Museum, Wiscsonsin Veteran’s Museum, Children’s Museum and Madison Museum of Modern Art  all located around the Capitol.  Most are free or pay a low fee.  Here’s a link to the museums in Madison.

Henry Vilas Zoo

Located at 702 S. Randall in Madison.  This is a free zoo.  They have a great new climbing area and some fantastic exhibits.  The kids love it.  There is also a wonderful park and picnic area by the lake.  Here’s a link.

Vitense Golfland

This great Golf destination includes a driving range, a par three golf course, golf lessons, Jr. golf, indoor & outdoor mini golf, batting cages, climbing wall, water balloon wars and hi ball.  Located at 5501 Schroeder Rd in Madison.

Ho Chunk Casino

If gaming is your passion Ho Chunk Casino has over 1200 slots and more. The Ho-Chunk Nation has brought a little bit of Vegas to Wisconsin.


There is a wide range of dining options in Madison.  Here’s a link.

Plan Your Trip 

Plan your trip with the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events!