Best Things to Do and See in Madison, Wisconsin – Activities, and Attractions
Madison is a city that happens. It is routinely ranked among the best college towns in America, plus it earns more than its fair share of “best places to live.” The 235,000 who call the city home and 640,000 the metropolitan population enjoy an enviable quality of life, far better than their counterparts in Milwaukee, just 70 miles east.
Although Madison doesn’t really qualify as a resort town, it is undeniably a beautiful place, with expansive parkland, densely vegetated residential neighborhoods, and two glistening lakes filled with public space. Even if you don’t do business with the Wisconsin state government or some of the good folks at UW-Madison, it’s worth a weekend visit. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Madison over the course of the last decade. While I cannot claim that I am a local, I can certainly help you see the place through the locals’ eyes.
Discounts, Offers, Tours, and Resources as Painters In Madison
Groupon’s Madison portal features an ever-changing mix of daily deals and longer-term discounts for visitors and residents alike. If you’re in town for a few days, I recommend starting with the food and drink specials section, as you’ll probably find yourself eating at restaurants at least once or twice.
Nimbledeals Madison is another local bargain site. Although not as comprehensive as Groupon, it has a wide range of partner businesses, including locally-owned restaurants and retailers.
I recommend checking with featured vendors or event sponsors directly before making plans – I discovered some outdated offers during my brief review of the site.
Historic sites and attractions
Monona Terrace is Madison’s main convention center. Originally conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, it ended up being decades in the making, finally opening to the public in 1997.
If you are traveling to Madison for a large conference or industry event, chances are good you will be in Monona Terrace in the normal course of business. Otherwise, check it out anyway – the lakefront deck offers stunning views of Lake Monona, especially at sunrise and sunset. After dark, have a cocktail at Lake Vista Cafe and watch the city lights dance on the water.
Camp Randall Stadium
Named for a major detachment of the US Army that trained and housed Union soldiers during the Civil War, Camp Randall Stadium has been a playing field for the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team since 1917. It has more than 80,000 fans, not as spacious as other Big Ten Stadiums, but still larger than any NFL stadium built to date.
First House of Meetings of the Unitary Society
The First Meeting House of the Unitarian Society is one of Madison’s most distinguished congregations. Frank Lloyd Wright’s father was one of its founding members, and the famed architect helped design the original Landmark auditorium. Musical performances on Fridays and services on Saturdays are free and open to the public, regardless of religious persuasion (or non-persuasion).