Enjoy Madison

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Welcome to Madison!

Situated between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, Madison offers a wonderful venue for summer fun. Home to the University of Wisconsin, the city offers many restaurants, taverns, and cultural attractions. It is Wisconsin’s vibrant capital city. It is renowned for its beautiful scenery. A total of five area lakes and over 200 parks provide an abundance of outdoor summer activities including hiking, biking, boating, and swimming.

Wisconsin weather in July is usually sunny and warm with temperatures averaging between 75 and 85 degrees (F).

Some Places to Visit within Walking Distance of Playing Site

Enjoy drinks and snacks at the Memorial Union Terrace or the indoor Rathskeller overlooking Lake Mendota. [Located at playing site!]

Rent a canoe or paddle boat at Hoofers. [About 200 feet from playing site]

Chazen Museum of Art. Free admission. [0.2 miles from playing site]

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Free admission. [0.6 miles from playing site]

Wisconsin State Capitol. Free tours on the hour during the day. [0.9 miles from playing site]

Madison Children’s Museum. Admission fee: $9 [0.9 miles from playing site]

Dane County Farmers’ Market is held on the Capitol Square Saturday mornings from 6:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. It is the country’s largest producer-only farmers’ market. [0.9 miles from playing site]

Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Free admission. [0.7 miles from playing site]

Wisconsin Historical Museum. Admission fee: $5 [0.7 miles from playing site]

Wisconsin Historical Society Library. Good source for those interested in genealogy or looking for a comfortable place for some quiet reading. [Across the street from the playing site]

Monona Terrace. Overlooks Lake Monona. Visit the Otis Redding Memorial. [1.2 miles from playing site]

Lakeshore Nature Preserve offers miles of trails for hiking and bicycling. [Begins at playing site]

Picnic Point offers a scenic view of the Lake Mendota Shores. [2.7 miles from playing site, so a substantial walk or run! Take the free #80 campus bus to the Picnic Point [entrance] and walk 0.8 miles to point]

Henry Vilas Zoo adjacent to Vilas Park overlooking Lake Wingra. [1.6 miles from playing site]

Some Local Places to Visit by Car, Bicycle, or Shared Ride Service

UW Arboretum offers 17 miles of trails through restored prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. [4.8 miles from playing site]

Olbrich Botanical Gardens has 16 acres of outdoor gardens and a conservatory. Admission is free to the outdoor gardens and $2 for the conservatory. [ 5.2 miles from playing site]

Some Day Trips Requiring a Car

New Glarus Swiss Village and New Glarus Brewing tours [30 miles from Madison]

Taliesin, tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and school. [40 miles from Madison]

Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin’s most visited state park [45 miles from Madison]

American Players Theater––professional outdoor theater. [40 miles from Madison]

Milwaukee Art Museum––see the Burke Brise Soleil open at 10 am daily. [88 miles from Madison]

Wisconsin Dells river tours. [60 miles from Madison]

Brewers Baseball, Miller Park. [85 miles from Madison]

Horicon Marsh, recognized as a wetland of international importance. [65 miles from Madison]

Add Some Wisconsin Days to Your Congress

EAA Airventure Oskosh, July 22-28, is the “world’s greatest aviation celebration!” [94 miles from Madison]

Wisconsin Dells waterparks, is the “waterpark capitol of the world.” [60 miles from Madison]

Door County offers scenic beauty on a Lake Michigan peninsula. [200 miles from Madison]

Lambeau Field: see the home of the Green Bay Packers. [146 miles from Madison]

Bayfield and the Apostle Islands ––a quaint village on the shores of Lake Superior with ferry service to Madeline Island. [324 miles]