Come early or stay late to enjoy all Madison has to offer. For more ideas, visit Destination Madison.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Explore 16 acres of gardens and landscapes including the breathtaking Thai Pavilion.
Allen Centennial Gardens
Dozens of different gardening styles, from Victorian to Japanese, on the campus of UW-Madison.
Historic Memorial Union Terrace
Beautiful views of the lake, food options and summer concerts.
Betty Lou Cruises
Public tours of Lake Mendota or Lake Monona aboard the majestic Betty Lou.
Provides everything you need for a day on Lake Monona — from canoes and kayaks to paddle boats and stand-up paddle boards — plus an outdoor patio for relaxing by Monona Bay.
Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds
Cool off from the summer heat underground and enjoy a guided tour of this geologic wonder.
Madison Log Rolling
Embrace Wisconsin’s Lumberjack heritage; experience this one-of-a-kind sport.
Parks + Beaches
Explore Madison’s 40+ city parks and their activities. In the Greater Madison area there are more than 12,000 acres of park land including wildlife and natural resource areas, 100 miles of trails, five campgrounds, and two dozen recreation parks.
Summer in Madison is full of festivals…keep an eye out for what will be in town over the meeting dates.
Concerts on the Square
This FREE summer concert series hosted by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is a well-loved, authentic Madison experience.
Live on King Street
This FREE concert series presented by the Majestic Theatre brings funk, rhythm and a whole lot of groove just steps from the state Capitol.
Chazen Museum of Art
Admission is FREE to this museum that is home to one of Wisconsin’s largest collections of art, with pieces in all mediums coming from across the globe.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
This museum features works by some of the most highly regarded modern and contemporary artists and holds lectures and film screenings.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Admission is FREE to this museum that celebrates Wisconsin’s lakes, the state’s agricultural traditions and educational special events.
Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Taliesin, Spring Green
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of all time, called Madison home. Tour his infamous estate including stops at Wright’s studio, house and grounds.
House on the Rock, Spring Green
Said to have been influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, there’s no place like it in the world. This Spring Green attraction — built on top of a chimney of rock — features a massive collection of eclectic exhibits and displays that we're certain you have never seen before.