If you’re tempted to visit Madison, thanks to our recent article 10 things you didn’t know about Madison, then perhaps you’ll want to know more about some of the things to do in Madison.
Here’s what we recommend.
1. Art lovers
Art lovers are well catered for in Madison, and a visit to a museum is one of the most popular things to do in Madison. You’ll find plenty to look at, no matter what your taste is.
The Chazen Museum of Art has 20,000 works of art from a wide range of genres, cultures and periods . You’ll find modern, post modern and contemporary art, as well as work from many European artists.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art offers 50,000 square feet of space and a rooftop sculpture garden , and houses a vast array of 20-21st century art work.
2. History lovers
If you like your history, then you’ll love it here.
We’d recommend a guided tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol, so you can learn more about this city.
A trip round the Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square should also be on your itinerary. You’ll find a staggering 110,000 historical objects and 400,000 geological objects here.
3. Henry Vilas Zoo
If you have children, or like animals yourself, then you won’t want to miss the Henry Vilas Zoo, as it’s usually high on the list of things to do in Madison
This community supported zoo offers free admission, and is home to a wide variety of animals and diverse habitats. With several learning programs, going to the zoo is educational as well as fun.
4. Olbrich Botanical Gardens
The Olbrich Botanical Gardens features the only Thai Pavilion and Garden in the continental US.
You’ll also find the Rose Garden, Herb Garden and several more. The Bolz Conservatory is a 50ft high glass pyramid that houses a diverse collection of plants and much more.
5. Camp Randall Stadium
Camp Randall Stadium is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers Football team, and was built in 1917 and has a capacity of over 80,000.
If you’re not a sports fan, then perhaps it’s not high on your list of things to do in Madison. However, when there’s no football going on, the stadium is used for music concerts, events and much more. You can book a tour around the stadium to learn more about it, as well as take in a Badgers game.
6. State Street
State Street runs from the Capitol to Lake Street, and comprises over 370 shops, galleries, museums, and nightlife.
This busy pedestrian area is also home to many of the bars, restaurants and cafés and live entertainment in Madison, making it an extremely popular tourist destination.
7. Overture Center for the Arts
If you like theatre and the arts as well as a bit of culture, make sure you go to the Overture Center for the Arts on State St.
You’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of performances from some of the 10 resident companies, and so there’s always something going on.
8. Dane County Farmers’ Market
Dane County Farmers’ Market sees over 300 vendors selling their wares, making it the largest producers-only farmers market in the US.
You can come and buy the best local produce on Saturday mornings from May to November on Capitol Square, and from January to April at the Madison Senior Center at the Monana Terrace.
9. Ice Age National Scenic Trail
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,200 mile trail that changes with the seasons. It traces the edge of what was a massive glacier.
There are plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting and fishing, stargazing, and even cross-country skiing, and you’ll find centers along the way to provide more information.
If you’re in an office all day during the week, why not come out and enjoy the great outdoors at the weekends?
No matter which of the sights and many others things to do in Madison you explore, you’ll always need to eat.
Madison is home to many impressive eateries covering a wide range of foods, from traditional food like steaks and burgers to luxury chocolates, and from delis to fine dining.
Whatever you like to eat, you’ll find it here in Madison.
Now you know more about some of the things to do in Madison, you can plan your visit or weekend and see more of this amazing city.
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