Welcome to Madison! Frequently named among the best cities in the nation to live, work, and play. Madison and its scenic neighboring communities abound with possibilities. A vibrant capitol city and cultured university town, Madison lies on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, literally surrounded by natural beauty. A total of five area lakes and over 200 parks provide an abundance of year-round outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, swimming and sailing along with cross-country skiing, snow sailing, and ice fishing.
Sample Madison's diverse offerings on State Street, the unique one-mile pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown. Start at the magnificent Capitol building, then spend the afternoon meandering through museums, boutiques, bookstores, galleries, coffeehouses and a diverse assortment of ethnic eateries. Finish your day a the University of Wisconsin-Madison's beautiful campus, making sure to stop by the Memorial Union to enjoy the lake breezes and some delectable Babcock Hall ice cream on the Union Terrace.
Our beautiful lakes, picturesque tree-lined streets and countless city and county parks make the Madison area a perfect host to many premier events.
Take in the extravagant fireworks display of Shake the Lake, or witness the heroics of world-class athletes at the Ford Ironman Wisconsin triathlon. On Saturdays, don't miss the Dane County Farmer's Market on the Square, where you can shop for the freshest Wisconsin produce, cheese curds, cut flowers and more. Plenty of family fun is celebrated at the Henry Vilas Zoo and Madison Children's Museum. Uncover the natural beauty of Olbrich Botanical Gardens or inside the UW-Arboredum. There is something for everyone, right here in the city.