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When to Visit Madison

by SmarterTravel Staff

Madison is a year-round destination with many indoor and outdoor events and attractions. The most popular times to visit are the summer and fall, when the weather is warm and sunny.

The spring can also be a pleasant time. The winter sees the fewest visitors, because of cold and snowy weather, but prices drop and many people still visit for recreational activities like snow sailing and ice fishing.

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  • high season: June to mid-October
  • low season: late November to May
  • shoulder season: May to June, mid-October to mid-November

Weather Information

Madison experiences four seasons. Summers can be warm, with average highs in the low 80s. Spring and fall see mild temperatures, peaking in the 60s and 70s. Winters can bring chilly weather, with heavy snow and highs in the 20s and 30s.

Crowd Information

The city rarely gets crowded, but the summer and fall tend to be the busiest times to travel.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

Madison is an affordable destination year-round, with packages available in the spring and winter. Spring getaways are available from mid-March through early May, while winter getaways are offered from early December through mid-February.

When to Book

Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.

Last-minute lodging is available most of the year, but it's wise to book at least two to three months in advance for visits during the high season, conventions, or popular events to ensure availability.

Information provided by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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