Madison's downtown is fairly large, it is lively with many places to eat, etc., and it is very attractive with lots of lovely and interesting buildings old and new. It has many trees and is very walkable, making it a great place to explore. Its location between two lakes adds to its uniqueness and interest.
- Family Travel
Grounds of the State Capitol
The capitol building has lovely grounds with many trees. Inside the building, one can obtain a guide to all the trees on the grounds, showing what they are and their history. It is a pleasant area to relax and look around.
- Family Travel
As the capital of Wisconsin, Madison is home to the state capitol building, right in the heart of downtown. It is a lovely, grand, and very ornate building, made at great expense and this shows. One can visit and they offer free tours, as is typical in state capitols. Like some, but by no means all, state capitols, it has public access to the top of the dome, affording great views over downtown.
Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays excluding holidays, during Memorial Day through Labor Day. A tour is about 45-55 minutes.
- Historical Travel
Free music over lunch hour
Tuesdays from June to August there are free concerts over the lunch hour on the Captiol grounds.
They cover most types of music, but obviously nothing too obnoxious since it's lunchtime. They start about noon and run until 1pm. People will get a lunch, and go sit on the lawn and listen. Nice way to escape your boss or cube.
Wisconsin Film Festival
Not Cannes, but cheaper & easier to get to.
Seems to fluctuate when it starts...this year it was the middle of April--check the website for teh real dates...starts on a thursday and runs to a sunday.
1 ticket is about $7.50, but buying a packet of tickets bring it down to about $5/ticket. Students are $4 at maximum.
Film festival showing about 150 films throughout the city from Thurs-Sunday. No 'King Kong' or 'Star Wars' here. About 1/4 of them are shown twice, all others just once. Also some of the directors and actors show up--Debra Winger was here last year, Roger Ebert every other year. They'll have talks after the movies, workshops, etc...
If you want to go, check the website and get your tickets for the big ones early. You can get tickets day of the show, but the popular ones will sell out. You might be able to get them though if the person who bought the ticket doesn't show up, so just wait around and maybe you'll get lucky.
- Arts and Culture
Basketball, hockey & blown glass
You might be able to get into the Kohl Center for free 45 minute tours(tuesdays and thursdays at noon), about 3 blocks SE of
State St where the men & womens UW basketball & hockey teams play.
Dale Chihuly, famous glass-blower and UW grad, installed about 2000 blown glass things and made a creation that's really cool. You can probably look at it thru the many windows, it's all the way around the buidling, if you can't get in for a tour.
The first event held here was......a speech by the Dalai Lama. His boyhood friend lives in a Buddhist place here so he visits often. Not too bad.
- Arts and Culture
Wisconsin State Capitol
Rising between the picturesque waters of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, the majestic granite structure of Wisconsin's Capitol building glows like a beacon, accenting the Madison skyline.
Reaching to a height of over 200 feet, the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French's elegant gilded bronze statue, "Wisconsin." Edwin Blashfield's mural "Resources of Wisconsin" decorates the ceiling of the rotunda, which is the only granite dome in the United States. The state's diverse ethnic heritage is reflected in the architecture, art and furnishings throughout the Capitol.
Free tours are offered daily, year round. Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday. The sixth floor museum and observation deck are open during the summer months, which provides a bird's eye view of Madison and the surrounding area. Visitors can also book the capitol tour online at www.wisconsin.gov/state.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Mountain Lake Adventures
Went on a snowshoeing trip with Mountain Lake Adventures and it was probably the most fun thing I've done this winter. I was on one of their first trips since they started advertising them outside of their own friends so they gave us a free t-shirt, pretty slick. I'd never tried snowshoeing before (I don't usually like winter) but it was pretty easy and the people were great. They also have some other winter trips coming up like skiing and rock climbing - yeah, in the winter. I'm looking forward to their summer season, it looks like they've got a lot of cool things they'll be doing. Highly recommended for a day of fun!
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Great location for some gorgeous sunset
Want to see some gorgeous sunset? I think this location can be one of the best in town to watch sunset. It is located across Tenney Park on the other side of Sherman Ave. Walk beyond the light house and right by the lake. You will experience something extremely romantic and stunning during sunset!!
If you don't have a boat, don't worry. You can still take a pontoon boat ride to Lake Mendota every Thursday 5pm and 7pm during the summer season. The ride is only $4/person. It starts out at the Tenney Park by the Yahara river. This ride is about 1.5 hrs. You will also get to go close to the governor's mansion, the governor's island and the picnic point. The view of downtown Madison and the university is also pretty. I personally recommend taking the 7pm ride and enjoy the stunning sunset at the end of the ride!
Tenney Park -Beautiful Madison park
One of my favorite parks in Madison. I am partial because I use to live right next to it. Tenney park is close to downtown, but it feels very serene. Walk out on the rocks and watch the boats on Lake Mendota or go swimming at the beach. Walk across the street to go fishing, Feed the ducks.(oops don't feed the ducks, I think they have a rule now against it)
Play at the playground, tennis, basketball, and ice skating. My favorite has always been the bridge where the ducks gather.
- Family Travel
a popular downtown destination-State Street is in the heart of Madison with an Eclectic mix of 200+ shops, 60+ restaurants and in the summertime there is usually bands playing by the lake. Ethnic stores and and cafes are plentiful here. State street is fun day and night! State Street encompasses several blocks that is open only to pedestrians and city bus.
The Downtown area almost always has some kind of festival,fair, musical performance, or fun event happening especially during the summer and fall months.
We use to just sit down here and watch the people oh yeah and the same cars drive in circles around the capitol. Oh to be young and have that kind of time again~
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
- Arts and Culture
Consist live music, entertainment, fun and more
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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Sunrise over Lake Mendota
Simply nice, I managed to find a nearly perfect spot for sunrise viewing.
It's at the end of Muir Woods trail and near the Picnic point entrance.
I think the perfect one is somewhere along Picnic point trail itself, but before sunrise it's gonna be pitch black there.
It is said that no building should be taller than the State Capitol, so that it can be seen from everywhere.
Anyway there's nothing much here, it's located at the end of State Street, it's located very near to both lake Mendota on one side and Monona on the other side.
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