About Madison

by SmarterTravel Staff
Baseball fan (Photo: Adam Kazmierski,

Visitors to Madison, Wisconsin, may notice the chilly winter temperatures, but residents really know how to heat things up. Famous art and architecture, lauded outdoor gardens, and passionate sports fans get things cooking in this Midwestern town.

Inspiration can be found in many places in Madison. The Chazen Museum of Art displays paintings by Sonntag, sculpture by Rodin, and drawings by Pevsner. Modern tastes can browse more than 5,000 pieces at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Architecture fans can also tour the State Capitol, which boasts the only granite dome in the U.S., or make the short drive to Frank Lloyd Wright's home. The house, named Taliesin, is considered the source and "sketchpad" for the man's famous creations.


Those who want to head outside can see bison, prairie dogs, and badgers living together at the Henry Vilas Zoo, or wander through the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, one of the best in North America. Madison is also located near five lakes, making it a perfect location for water sports and activities during the summer months.

The city may be located in America's Dairyland, but don't look for any cheeseheads here. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Badgers football is the hometown team. In the off season, tourists can become part of the more than one million fans who have cheered on the Madison Mallards baseball team.

Dane County Regional Airport sees more than 100 daily arrivals and departures, so finding flights to Madison should be an easy task from most cities.

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