Spectator sports: The main spectator sports in town are those of the University of Wisconsin Badgers, who compete in the top-level Big Ten conference. Football is played at Camp Randall Stadium; as the team has improved in the last fifteen years, tickets have become much harder to get. The same can be said of tickets for men’s basketball, whose games are at the Kohl Center. The Kohl Center also hosts women’s basketball and hockey. The University no longer has a baseball team (they do have women's softball), but a new local favorite baseball club is the Madison Mallards, a "summer league" team similar to the teams of the Cape Cod League. These players are amateurs, usually college baseball players. The Mallards have been successful on the field and at the gate, and play at Warner Park off Sherman Avenue on the city’s north side.

Bicycling. Weather permitting, bicycling is wildly popular in Madison. Bicycle racks are seen all over town, especially on the UW campus and downtown. The city has marked many streets as bike routes and has created dedicated, usually paved, trails for them. One example of a local "rail trail" is on the west side, where an old Illinois Central line heading southwest from the Camp Randall area has been converted into a paved bike and pedestrian path. Other such paths are found around the city. 

Art. The Chazen Art Museum (formerly known as the Elvehjem) is on the University of Wisconsin campus and has free admission. It features paintings and works in other media from the Renassance to the current day. Admission is free. Madison also features annual art fairs where artists display and sell their work.