75 Fun Things To Do In Madison

Not only is Madison the capital of Wisconsin, but is also home to the state’s largest and oldest public university. And that seems to be the biggest attraction of them all. From incredibly exciting football games at Camp Randall Stadium to the copious amounts of tasty restaurants and breweries, there’s hundreds of things to do in Madison for a good time.

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Kohl Center

Scream and chant with the rest of Badger Basketball Nation for a night at the Kohl Center!

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Wisconsin State Capitol

Explore the Wisconsin State Capitol and the surrounding Lake Monona and Lake Mendota

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Madison Farmer's Market

Head to Capitol Square to get the best deals on fresh produce, wildflower bouquets & magic coffee at Madison Farmer’s Market

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Henry Vilas Zoo

Meet the polar bear at Henry Vilas Zoo

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Capitol Square

Enjoy a free concert on Wednesday evening in the summer at Capitol Square

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Camp Randall Stadium University of Wisconsin

Jump around with the crowd at Camp Randall Stadium during a Badgers football game

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State Street

Visit State Street to enjoy window shopping or people watching

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Celebrate new years eve party at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Chazen Museum of Art

Check out sculptures from prehistoric times at Chazen Museum of Art

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Allen Centennial Gardens

Get a breath of fresh air amid a multitude of botanical delights at Allen Centennial Gardens

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Hop Head Tours

Do a pub crawl through Madison with Hop Head Tours

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Lake Monona Shoreline Run

Run or bike at the Lake Monona Shoreline Run

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Babcock Hall Dairy

Get a lick of Heaven on Earth with Babcock Hall Dairy‘s renowned and premium flavors

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First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison

Explore a hidden architectural gem designed by Frank Wright that is First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison

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Vilas Park

Play a game of kegball in Vilas Park (Kegball is a game founded at the University of Wisconsin)

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Madison Eats Food Tours

Enjoy a tasty adventure through some of Madison’s most unique and diverse foodie neighborhoods with Madison Eats Food Tours

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Commemorate the role of Wisconsin citizens from Civil War to present military history at Wisconsin Veterans Museum

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Lake Mendota

Stay up all night and watch the sun rise on Lake Mendota

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Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Strap on your boots and hike through the historical trails at Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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Alliant Energy Center

Catch a concert or a horse show at Alliant Energy Center

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Trolley Pub Madison

Bar-hop the city with Trolley Pub Madison

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Madison Mallards

Watch “Baseball Like It Oughta Be!” at Madison Mallards

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Madison Food Explorers

Go on an entertaining foodie adventure through Madison via a walking tour with Madison Food Explorers

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Madison Children's Museum

Let your kid ramble on the rooftop amid animals & gardens at Madison Children’s Museum

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Concerts on the Square

Spend a fun summer night, enjoying Concerts on the Square with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

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Madison Public Library

Grab a book off the shelf and relax at Madison Public Library

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University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

See models of dinosaurs and meteorites at University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

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Madison Log Rolling

“Wipe Out” at Madison Log Rolling

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Capital City Food Tours

Get yourself full from belly to brain with a fun walking tour with Capital City Food Tours

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Old Sugar Distillery

Try out the fabulous honey liquor at Old Sugar Distillery

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Hilldale Shopping Center

Brighten your days or spice up your nights at Hilldale Shopping Center

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Warner Park

Celebrate “Rhythm And Bloom” carnival and fireworks show at Warner Park

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Atlas Improv Company

Witness one of the best comedy shows in town at Atlas Improv Company

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Wisconsin Historical Museum

Take in Wisconsin’s history brought back to life through interesting exhibits at Wisconsin Historical Museum

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West Towne Mall

Explore some high end stores at West Towne Mall

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Overture Center for the Arts

Escape from the Commotion of the City & be delighted by a refreshing musical performance at Overture Center for the Arts

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Mad Rollin' Dolls

Celebrate a roller-derby match amid the enthusiastic crowd at Mad Rollin’ Dolls

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Capital City Theatre

Bestow yourself with an outstanding live show Capital City Theatre

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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Wander and wonder at art exhibits at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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Elver Park

Trek out to Elver Park and ride the mammoth hill for true adventure

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Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

Pull the So-Called Generous slot machine at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

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Majestic theater

Quench your thirst of live music at Majestic Theatre

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Ivory Room Piano Bar

Sing along with the piano player at Ivory Room Piano Bar

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Paul's Club

Stop in for a quick flight or an afternoon of sipping at Paul’s Club

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East Towne Mall

Choose among a variety of stores at East Towne Mall

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Picnic Point Madison

Run, walk or bike to Picnic Point

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Karaoke Kid

Sing your heart out at Karaoke Kid

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Library Mall

Try as many food carts in Library Mall as you can

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The Comedy Club on State

“Laugh Out Loud” on a night out at The Comedy Club on State

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Olin-Turville Park

Take in the best views of downtown Madison at Olin-Turville Park

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Wingra Boats

Rent a tandem kayak at Wingra Boats

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Executive Residence

Spend a Thursday afternoon at Executive Residence & enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Mendota

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Goodspeed Pier

Chill at the docks of Goodspeed Pier

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Monkey Business Institute

Laugh your heart out at Monkey Business Institute

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Sundance Cinema

Catch a Hollywood flick at Sundance Cinema

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Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Be amused by the wonderful interactive presentations at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

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Lakeshore Nature Preserve at University of Wisconsin

Reserve a bonfire pit for a winter night out with friends at Lakeshore Nature Preserve at University of Wisconsin

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Vitense Golfland

Get out for a fun round of Golf at Vitense Golfland

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Tenney Park

Stroll along Yahara River for a scenic sunset view at Tenney Park

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Knuckle Down Saloon

Grab a beer and listen to the music of the best blue artists in town at Knuckle Down Saloon

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Madison Opera

Watch & enjoy a “Romeo et Juliette” stage production at Madison Opera

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Appleberry Farm

Take a tractor-drawn hayride tour of Appleberry Farm

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Escape This

Think “outside of the box” to find hidden clues to your escape at Escape This

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Owens Conservation Park

Explore the quieter side of Madison amid the beautiful gardens at Owens Conservation Park

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Ultrazone Laser Tag

Play actioned packed games of laser tag with your friends at Ultrazone Laser Tag

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All American Segway Tours

Have fun on two wheels, exploring Madison city with All American Segway Tours

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Garner Park

Go Snowshoeing or Cross Country Skiing at Garner Park

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Barrymore Theatre

Witness a stupendous act at Barrymore Theatre

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Escape in Time

Awake your inner detective to figure out your escape at Escape in Time

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Get back to nature in the beautiful Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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Ian's Pizza

Eat a Mac n’ Cheese slice at the famous Ian’s Pizza (Voted Best Pizza in Wisconsin)

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Nitty Gritty - Madison

Celebrate a birthday party at Nitty Gritty; Home of the Famous Gritty Burger and the Official Birthday Place of Madison

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Budget Bicycle Center

Explore the city’s 200 miles of bike trails by renting from Budget Bicycle Center

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Rockin' Jump

Bounce off the walls literally at Rockin’ Jump

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Boulders Climbing Gym

Peak your climbing enthusiasm at Boulders Climbing Gym

Madtown serves up a fresh dose of awesome things to do every day of the week. This list seems to serve its purpose, but if you think it needs some additions make sure to let us know!

There’s plenty to see in Wisconsin – don’t forget to check out hundreds of things to do in Milwaukee as well!