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9 Fun Things to Do in Madison, Wisconsin

Explore a picturesque city laden with pristine lakes, gardens and lots of fun activities.
Chaitrali Datar Sep 18, 2019
Madison is the economic hub of south-central Wisconsin. Also, one of the best college towns in the US with the most happening metropolitan population.

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Yellowstone Lake State Park

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One of the most popular campgrounds in Madison. Located near the Madison River, it is also a well-known fishing ground.

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Henry Vilas Zoo

Located in Dane County, it is one of the top ten remaining free zoos in North America. The zoo is home to a large number of animals right from the wild, to domestic to different kinds of birds.
There are also interesting exhibits along with various programs. The upcoming programs are-
  • International Red Panda Day (Sept 21)
  • Run Wild (Sept 29)
  • African Penguin Awareness Day (October 12)

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Explore the Wisconsin State Capitol Building

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The grandeur building is made of granite and has unique textures of 43 different varieties of stones all over the world. Free tours are also available everyday without reservation.

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Madison Children's Museum

An exciting range of engaging exhibits of different themes right from biology, physics to history. A trip to this museum with the kids is well worth the effort!

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Explore State Street

A typical street in Madison near the State Capitol building, is truly a shopper's paradise. There are numerous shops that offer something for everyone! Be sure to take a stroll or enjoy the nightlife here.

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Lake Mendota

Located in the Yahara River watershed, this place lets you enjoy ice sports, scuba diving activities and is also popular for canoeing, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A must visit destination to explore the beauty of nature. It has 16 acres of manicured gardens, along with the Thai Pavilion and Bolz Conservatory.

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Overture Center for the Arts

This place lets you explore the performing arts, from dance to theater to music. Be sure to visit the Madison Opera, Madison Ballet and Wisconsin Chamber of Orchestra.

Explore University of Wisconsin - Madison

A world-class institution, UW-Madison, has an impressive campus. You can take a tour of the Abraham Lincoln statue or enjoy the scenery of the Lake Mendota from the signature sunburst chairs.

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Other Cool Things to Do in Madison

  • Shop at the Dane County Farmers’ Market.
  • Top Breweries to visit: Karben4 Brewing, One Barrel Brewing, Parched Eagle Brew Pub.
  • Satiate your love for cheese curds at these restaurants: Tipsy Cow, Graze.