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#1 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Gardens
Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock... more » Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical conservatory. « less
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#2 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Government Buildings
Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different... more » Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different types of stone from around the world as well as murals and handmade furniture. The observation deck, open in the summer, offers views of the city and surrounding lakes. Capitol Square plays host to state events throughout the year including Farmers Markets and Folk Festivals. « less
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#4 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#5 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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#6 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park, features animals from around the world including... more » Owner description: Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park, features animals from around the world including African lions, South American alpacas and tortoises from the Galapagos Islands. « less
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#7 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Museums; Specialty Museums
A museum honoring all Wisconsin veterans with dioramas on all wars from the Civil War to the present.
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#8 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures from prehistoric times to... more » Owner description: This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures from prehistoric times to modern day. Special exhibitions showcasing local artists take place throughout the year. « less
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#9 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Sports Complexes
Owner description: The Madison Mallards are a summer collegiate baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League. They are dedicated to... more » Owner description: The Madison Mallards are a summer collegiate baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League. They are dedicated to providing the ultimate fan experience. Madison Mallards, "Baseball Like It Outgha Be!" « less
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#10 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, these public gardens serve as outdoor classrooms in the study and... more » Owner description: Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, these public gardens serve as outdoor classrooms in the study and research of plant identification, ecology and site management techniques in horticulture. « less
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#11 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Owner description: Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land, advancing the science and practice of ecological... more » Owner description: Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land, advancing the science and practice of ecological restoration, and fostering Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Dedicated staff, students, faculty and volunteers have created a rich landscape, renowned for its prairies, savannas, forests and wetlands -- and for the beauty of its gardens in spring with lilacs, magnolias and crabapples. To celebrate the our 75th Anniversary we invite you to find your enduring connection with the Arboretum. « less
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#12 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Art Museums; Architectural Buildings; Performances
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#13 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and... more » Owner description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and specialty shops. « less
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#14 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Convention Centers; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the... more » Owner description: Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the world's greatest architects. Tour highlights include dramatic open spaces, curvilinear forms, breathtaking views, and a picture exhibit of noted photographer Pedro Guerrero. Weather permitting, guests can also visit the rooftop. Tours run daily at 1pm and cost $3 for adults and $2 for students. Free events during the spring and summer months include Concerts on the Rooftop, Dane Dances and Tunes at Monona Terrace concerts series, T'ai Chi, Lakeside Kids children's program, architectural Wright Lecture series, as well as numerous other programs for all ages. We also offer outreach programs for students. The Gift Shop, located on level 4 inside Monona Terrace, has a unique selection of Wright-inspired gifts, Wisconsin souvenirs, and specialty Items. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. « less
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#15 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites
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#16 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Owner description: Home for the University of Wisconsin Basketball and Hockey teams seats 17,142 for basketball games and between 15,000 and... more » Owner description: Home for the University of Wisconsin Basketball and Hockey teams seats 17,142 for basketball games and between 15,000 and 17,000 for live concerts. « less
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#17 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: The new Madison Children’s Museum is an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning! Visit our... more » Owner description: The new Madison Children’s Museum is an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning! Visit our inventive city of Possible-opolis for ages 6 and up, and our four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens. Kids under 5 have a place of their own in the Wildernest, a global village made with natural, local materials.There’s always something new to do at Madison Children’s Museum, where our mission is to connect children with their family, their community, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. « less
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#18 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Comedy Clubs
Owner description: Every Saturday, the Monkey Business Institute creates two unique performances at the Glass Nickel Pizza East - 2916 Atwood... more » Owner description: Every Saturday, the Monkey Business Institute creates two unique performances at the Glass Nickel Pizza East - 2916 Atwood Ave. Voted 2013's Best Comedy Group (GOLD) and Best Kids Entertainment (SILVER) by the readers of Madison Magazine, we craft spur-of-the-moment, seat-of-the-pants improvisational comedy by mixing audience suggestions, decades of improv experience and sheer moxie. Our group features over twenty experienced and talented performers with backgrounds in stand-up comedy, acting, writing and music. Many of our members are also frequent guests of the Blame Society Films ensemble (Chad Vader, Beer & Board Games, Welcome to the Basement) We highly recommend buying your tickets online to guarantee your seats, as our venue sells out quickly. Any tickets remaining for our shows are sold to walk-up customers. All-Ages Show ($6, 5:30PM, Seating begins at 4:45PM) Grown-Up Show ($10, 8PM, Seating begins at 7:00PM) See our website for special shows and showcases, like The Merge and The Gauntlet. Full menu and bar available. Free parking. No food/drink minimum. « less
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#19 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Bodies of Water
Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.
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#20 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Performances
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#21 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Science Museums
Owner description: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep history!On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when... more » Owner description: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep history!On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoesin Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used tolive and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodonwhile imagining yourself in the Ice Age. Also on display at the GeologyMuseum are rocks and minerals that glow, a model of a Wisconsin cave,dinosaurs and meteorites.Our mineral, rock and fossil collections have the power to educate andinspire visitors of all ages. Come see for yourself! « less
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#22 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Parks
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#23 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Trails; Parks
Owner description: This hiking trail passes some fascinating geological formations formed by the recession of giant glaciers during the Ice Age,... more » Owner description: This hiking trail passes some fascinating geological formations formed by the recession of giant glaciers during the Ice Age, between 70,000 to 10,000 years ago. « less
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#24 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Parks; Zoos; Playgrounds
Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.
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#25 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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#26 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: History Museums
Owner description: Bringing Wisconsin's history to life through exhibits on the material culture of the state and the Upper Midwest, from... more » Owner description: Bringing Wisconsin's history to life through exhibits on the material culture of the state and the Upper Midwest, from prehistoric times to present day. « less
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#27 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Biking Trails
A 3-mile bike path along Lake Monona.
#28 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Art Museums
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#29 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Comedy Clubs
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#30 of 52 attractions in Madison
Category: Health Clubs
Owner description: New Self Renewal Center provides a small community that offers both fitness and rest, focusing on health and wellness for the... more » Owner description: New Self Renewal Center provides a small community that offers both fitness and rest, focusing on health and wellness for the whole person. « less
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