Things to Do in Madison, Wisconsin

If you follow us, you know we were both born, raised, and currently live in Wisconsin, so we’re excited to bring you more of the inside scoop on places we discover in our home state.

We spent 5 days on our most recent trip to Madison digging in deep to discover the best the city has to offer in outdoor adventure, nature, parks, museums, food, music, and more.

As a result, we were able to put together this extensive guide so you can plan your visit to this incredible capital city that is literally embraced by nature. Are you ready?

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum: Literally, the first place we stopped when we arrived was the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and we were not disappointed.

Fishing on Lake Monona Believe it or not, the capital city of Wisconsin is an up-and-coming fishing destination. During our visit we did a half-day fishing charter on Lake Monona.

Bike the Lake Loop If there was ever a bike-friendly city, it is Madison. We brought our own bikes for our visit, but you can easily rent them in the capital square for further exploration.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Bolz Conservatory The Olbrich Botanical Gardens are an incredible oasis just 1.5 miles from downtown Madison. Spanning 16 acres, the outside gardens are free to enter.

Henry Vilas Zoo Occupying 28 acres in downtown Madison, the Henry Vilas Zoo is one of the top things to do in Madison. The zoo offers both free admission and free parking, so how can you say no?

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