Our home city is regularly cited as a wonderful place to live.

The UW–Madison campus is located in Madison’s energetic central city area. Madison is a vibrant capital city often named one of the nation’s finest communities. As with campus, there is a lot to see and do, but here are some visitor favorites:

Overture Center for the Arts

Overture Center for the Arts

The Henry Vilas Zoo is just nine block south of the university and features free admission and parking.

The Madison Children’s Museum is a popular destination for families.

The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Explore on your own or take a public tour.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Madison’s east side features 16 acres of specialty gardens and the Bolz Conservatory. Self-guided tours, group visits, concerts, and other programming are offered.

State Street

State Street

The Overture Center for the Arts is the city’s performance venue and has four galleries, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

State Street connects the UW–Madison campus to the State Capitol. It is a dynamic pedestrian mall lined with shops, galleries, restaurants, night spots, museums and cultural destinations.

The Wisconsin State Capitol is the centerpiece of the Capitol Square. Free tours daily; reservations available for large groups.

The Wisconsin Historical Museum uses displays, dioramas, artifacts, and programs to interpret the state’s past.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum highlights important events in the Wisconsin military history from the civil war to the present.

For more information on these and other attractions as well as dining and lodging information, contact the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau.