Places to Go in Madison, WI

Taking a day off from class?
Enjoy one of these active adventure destinations in Madison.

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Hwy
Madison, WI 53711
The 1,200-acre grounds are home to protected prairies, woodlands, wetlands, savannas, springs, shoreline, a notable horticultural collection, and Wisconsin native plant gardens. It also offers 20 miles of walking trails and 4 miles of biking road as well as hundreds of learning and volunteer opportunities.

2. Lake Monona

Madison, WI
Run, fish, boat, bike and more at Lake Monona. It’s a great place to enjoy an active day right in the heart of Madison. 

3. Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Eagle, WI 53119
This scenic park traces the edge of the glacier which made up many of Wisconsin’s lakes, river valleys, rolling hills and ridges. There are a ton of ways to enjoy the 1,200-mile scenic trail including hiking, biking and camping.

4. Henry Vilas Zoo

702 S Randall Ave
Madison, WI 53715
This 28-acre public zoo is a great place for anyone to spend the day with a ton of great experiences and exhibits to explore. 

5. Olbrich Botanical Gardens

3330 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704
The beautiful gardens located on the edge of Lake Monona feature 16 acres of gardens, including a tropical conservatory, a rose garden and a gilded Thai pavilion.


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