Madison Travel Guide

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Madison Things to Do

  • Madison Railroad Station

    During the 1840's, Madison emerged as a major rail center in the Ohio Valley. The octagonal railroad building, constructed in 1895, was used as a passenger station until 1935. Exhibits include railroading artifacts on permanent display. Open daily last weekend of April through end of October. Weekdays only, November through late April.

  • Take a walk around Town

    Madison retains many of the original buildings from it's heyday as a river port for southern Indiana. Walk along downtown and see the variety of styles and shops. They range from the 1880's through the 1940's. Most have been restored and are well maintained. Some of the shops have retained their original interiors, metal ceilings and all. Downtown...

  • Lanier House

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.1963.2 County: Jefferson Title: James F. D. Lanier 1800-1881 Marker Text: Rendered his most important public service during the Civil War when he loaned Governor Oliver P. Morton over $400,000 to equip Indiana's troops. He later arranged additional loans to save the credit of the state. Credit Line: Erected by the...

  • Take a hike at Clifty Falls SP

    This is a great park. On a hot summer day, you can walk right up the river. Yes, it's an approved trail. There are falls that you'll have to work at to see and then one that's on a nearly wheel chair compatible trail. It's flat, but not all paved. Be sure to stop at the Inn. Have lunch, dinner, or just take in the view from the patio. There are...

  • The Bridge

    The Bridges over the Ohio are a marvel of construction. As soon as there was a design to span the river, bridges were being built. Today's modern bridges do not carry the same excitement as these early bridges. They were narrow, yet massive is size. Huge cantilever trusses were needed to span the great distances and they had to be high above the...

  • Ohio River & Riverfront Park

    Madison's scenic riverfront park offers a gazebo, brick walkways, lights and benches to view the Ohio River. Also home to several open air festivals, and frequent stops of the American Queen, Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen. Public boat launching facilities are available all year.


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Madison Nightlife

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    On a warm spring evening, or a cool summer night, head down to the riverfront. There is a 2 mile walk along the river. Here you will find families out for the evening. A few river front restaurants will be a hub of activity.

    The scenic park offers a gazebo, brick walkways, lights and benches to view the Ohio River. It is also the home of several festivals and the berths for the American Queen, Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen when in town. Public boat launching facilities are available.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel

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Madison Off The Beaten Path

  • Abolitionist College

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.2004.3 County: Jefferson Title: Eleutherian College Marker Text: Side one:College developed 1854 from Eleutherian Institute, founded 1848. Thomas Craven and anti-slavery advocates in the area created and supported the institution for education of students of all races and genders. This structure, built in the...

  • Underground Railroad

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.2004.2 County: Jefferson Title: Lyman Hoyt Marker Text: Side one:Born in Vermont 1804. Moved to Jefferson County 1834, where he owned land and had several manufacturing businesses. Active in Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society and in forming Liberty Party for abolition of slavery. He and his family supported...

  • Civil War Hero

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 39.1999.1 County: Jefferson Title: Alois O. Bachman Marker Text: Side one:Born in Madison 1839. Family home on West Main Street. Attended Hanover College 1856-1858 to pursue practice of law. Attended Kentucky Military Institute in Frankfort. Organized Madison City Greys 1858, which became part of Sixth Regiment...


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