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Best in Madison Wisconsin attractions and 101 Madison area things to do in South Central and Southern WI from our hotels near Wisconsin attractions. 


Visit Madison Wisconsin things to do and 101 area attractions in South Central Wisconsin:


(Distance in miles and direction of things to do from Madison are indicated in parenthesis ( ).. 


Airport - (6 NW of Madison) - Madison's Dane County Regional Airport.


Albany House - (25 S) - An Albany WI Bed and Breakfast.


Alliant Energy Center - Madison, Dane County - Memorial Coliseum, Exhibition Hall and Willow Island event centers.


American Players Theatre - (35 NW) - Spring Green,  Sauk County, WI - Outdoor Shakespearian theatre and Indoor theater. 


Amish Stores - (25 S of Madison) - Albany, Green County, WI - Grocery and Furniture Stores.


Antiques, Crafts - Communities with antique and craft stores and craft malls.


Arboretum – Madison, Dane County, WI - Visitor center and 1260-acre outdoor ecology laboratory.


Art Fair On The Square – Madison, Dane County, WI - Large Variety of Artists From Around The Country. 


Artisan Gallery - (10 SW) - World-class Artists Display in old creamery in Historic Paoli, Dane County WI.


Badger State Trail – (6 SW) - Verona, Dane County, WI – Bike Trail Runs From Verona to WI Southern Border.


Bald Eagle Watching – (22 NW) - Prairie du Sac, WI - Watch by Wisconsin River View Stand and By The Prairie du Sac Hydroelectric Dam.


Bartell Community Theatre - Artists Tell Stories About Themselves and Their World.


Bike Trails - Enjoy numerous area bike trails.


Birding - Great birding in South Central Wisconsin


Blue Mounds State Park - (22 SW) - Blue Mounds, Dane County WI - 1153-acre Park With Tallest Mound in Southern WI.


Boating - Boat the Madison Lakes.


Botham Vineyards Wineryy – (25 W) - Barneveld, WI - Countryside Winery East of Barneveld, Award Winning Wines.


Bottoms State Natural Area - (26 W of Madison) - Mazomanie WI area Natural Area.


Breweries - South Central Wisconsin Breweries.


Cameo Rose - Madison Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Country Inn.


Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, Dane County, WI - UW Badger Football Stadium. Go Badgers.


Canoeing - Canoe the Sugar River or one of Madison's Lakes.


Capital Brewery - (6 NW) - Middleton, Dane County, WI, Brewery, Beer Garden, Tours.


Capital City Trail – Madison, Dane County, WI - 17-mile Bike Trail in Madison and Toward Verona


Cascade Mountain - (41 N) - Ski Hill – Portage, Columbia County, WI - Downhill Skiing Minutes From Madison.


Cave of the Mounds - (20 SW) - Blue Mounds, Dane County, WI - National Landmark Limestone Cave.


Chalet Golden Fleece Museum - (24 S) - New Glarus WI museums.


Chazen Museum of Art - Madison, Dane County, WI - UW Madison Museum of Art.


Cheese Country Trail – (35 SW_ - Monroe, Green County, WI to Mineral Point, Iowa County WI - 47-mile Trail.


Cheesemaking Center  - (35 SW of Madison) - Green County, Monroe - History of cheesemaking and factories. 


Circus World Museum - (33 NW - Baraboo), Sauk County, WI - Visitor Center, Programs, Displays and Shows.


Crane Foundation – (38 NW) - Baraboo, Sauk County, WI - All 15 Species of Cranes in the World.


Cross Country Skiing - Several trails in the region.


Dane County Fair- A fair in the grand tradition with all the amenities.


Dane County Farmers Market  - Madison, Dane County, WI - 150 Vendors on the Capitol Square.


Depot Days - (15S) - Brooklyn, Green County, Wisconsin - Brooklyn Grew with the Railroad.


Devils Head – (30 NW) - Merrimac, Sauk County, WI - Downhill Ski and Snowboarding.


Devils Lake State Park - (30 NW) - Baraboo, Sauk County, WI - Wisconsin's Most beautiful 9000-acre Park with Lake and Bluffs.


Doby Stables – (38 NW OF Madison) - Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI - 1 to 2-hour Rides Through Gov. Dodge State Park.


Downtown – Madison, Dane County, WI - Capitol Square and Down State Street to University of Wisconsin.


Edelweiss Chalet CC - (22SW) New Glarus, Green County, WI - 18-hole Golf Course & Country Club on the edge of New Glarus.


Edgewood College - Private college in Madison WI affiliated with Catholic religion.


Epic - (10 SW) - Verona, Dane County, WI - Epic Systems Huge Campus Of Medical Software Company.


Fall Foliage Color  in South Central and Southern Wisconsin - Everywhere.


Farmers Market - One of the best in the nation.


Executive Mansion – Madison, Dane County, WI - WI Governor’s Mansion.


Fireside Dinner Theatre – (30 SE) - Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, WI - The Whole Family Will Enjoy the Show.


First WI State Capitol – (50 SW) - Belmont, LaFayette County, WI - Early WI displays, Capitol, Supreme Court buildings.


Fishing - Fish famous area trout streams, rivers and lakes.


Folklore Village - (32 W of Madison) - Events venue near Dodgeville WI.


Gardens - Area gardens of interest.


Geocaching - (6 SW) - Geocaching in Madison area along the Badger Trail. 


Geology Museum - Madison, Dane County, WI - Educational programs on rocks, minerals, and fossils.


Glacial Drumlin Trail – (10 E) - Cottage Grove, Dane County, WI - 52-mile Bike Trail From Cottage Grove to Waukesha.


Golf - Golfing famous courses and other popular golf courses. 


Governor Dodge State Park - (38 W of Madison) - Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI.


Green County Cheese Days - (35 SW) - Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin - Cheese Festival.


Greenway Station Outlet Mall - ( 6 W) - Middleton, WI - Shop Several Upscale Stores.


Heidi Festival  - (22 SW) - New Glarus, Green County WI - Swiss Play and the Taste of New Glarus.


Henry Vilas Zoo – Madison, Dane County, WI - Free Zoo, Educational and Fun for All Ages.


Hiking - Hike the bike trails, state park trails and other trails.


Historic Paoli - (10 SW) - Dane County, WI - Uniques Shops, Art Galleries and Dining Along the Sugar River near Madison.


Historical Museum – Madison, Dane County, WI - History of Wisconsin and cultures that made the state


Hop Garden, The - Paoli, WI - Located behind the Old Mill in Paoli, The Hop Garden offers the beers of the brewer and they are delicious.


Horicon Marsh - (50 NE of Madison) - Dodge County, Horicon Wi bird sanctuary. 


Horse Sleigh Rides - A couple area horse and sleigh rides.


House on the Rock - (37 W) - Spring Green, Sauk County, WI - Amazing House Attraction and Collections.


Ice Age Trail - (8 SW) - Belleville, Dane County, WI - Scenic National 1000-mile Hiking Trail Through North and South WI.


Institutes For Discovery - Madison, Dane County, WI - Hands-on Self-guided Science Stations.


Institutes Medical Research - Medical Research Facility.


Johnson Creek Outlet Mall – (32 E) - Premium Outlet Stores in Johnson Creek, Jefferson County, WI.


Kohl Center - Madison, Dane County, WI - UW Basketball, Sports and Event Center.


Lake Mendota Madison, Dane County, WI.


Lake Monona - Madison, Dane County, WI.


Lakeshore Path - Madison, Dane County, WI - Runs from UW Memorial Union (below) to scenic Picnic Point.


Lake Wisconsin - (@# NW) - Lodi, Columbus County, WI - 10,000-Acre Lake and 52 Miles of Shoreline.


Lands End – (38 SW) - Clothing Outlet Store, Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI.


Leopold Legacy Center - (36 N) - Baraboo, Sauk Cty, WI - Visitor Center With Displays and Educational Programs.


Leopold Nature Center - Madison, Dane County, WI - Conservation, Hands-on Programs, Interactive Exhibits.


Mackenzie Center - (27 N of Madison) - Poynette, Columbia County, WI - 250-acre educational Mackenzie Environmental Center. 


Madison College - formerly the Madison Area Technical College.


Memorial Coliseum - Events Center in the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Dane County, WI.


Memorial Union - Event and social venue on Lake Mendota.


Merrimac Free Ferry - (24 NW) -  Merrimac WI -  Since 1948 Ferry Has Crossed the Wisconsin River at Merrimac.


Mid-Continental Railroad Museum – (36 NW) - North Freedom, WI. Take The 50-minute Train Ride Through The Baraboo Hills.


Mid-West Horse Fair - Madison, Dane County, WI - Annual Event Held at the Alliant Energy Cenrer.


Military Ridge State Trail  - (8 SW) - Verona, Dane County WI - 41-mile trail through the country side to Dodgeville.


Milton House - (37 SE) - Museum in Milton WI used as slave route to freedom.


Minhas Craft Brewery – (35 SW) - Monroe, Green County, WI - Craft brewery offers distillery,  beer museum, great tour.


Monona Terrace - Madison, Dane County, WI - Frank Lloyd Wright designed community and convention center.


Monroe Balloon Rally - (35 SW) - Monroe, Green County, WI - Experience a sky letup with balloons. 


Museum of Contemporary Art - Madison, Dane County, WI - 5000 item collection.


Museums - Several outstanding area museums.


National Mustard Museum – (6 NW) - Middleton, Dane County, Wisconsin. 4000 plus varieties of mustards in one place.


Natural Bridge State Park – (40 NW) - Baraboo, Sauk County, WI - Features a large sandstone natural arch and rock shelter.


Nevin Springs – (6 S of Madison) - Fish ad Wildlife Area in Fitchburg, Dane Cty, WI.


New Glarus Brewing – (22SW) - New Glarus, Green County, WI - Award winning micro brewery on hilltop outside of New Glarus.


New Glarus Woods - (22SW) - New Glarus, Green County WI - 411 acre state park, with prairie areas and cross-country skiing and hiking.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens  – Madison, Dane County, WI - 16 acre of gardens and display and Bolz Conservatory.


Outlet Malls- Find a favorite outlet mall and return often. 


Overture Center – Madison, Dane County, WI - World-Class center for the arts, event and theatre center.


Parfreys Glen - (27 NW) -  State Natural Area, Merrimac, Sauk County, WI - Spectacular gorge near Devil’s Lake State Park.


Pendarvis Museum - (42 SW) - Mineral Point, Iowa County, WI - Cornish lead miners history and culture.


Primrose Winery – (22 SW) - New Glarus, Green County, WI - Wisconsin winery uses mostly Wisconsin grapes.


Riverside Park – (44 SE) - Beloit, Rock County, WI - Community gathering spot for numerous events.


Rocking L Acres - (7 SE of Madison) - Sleigh Rides in McFarland, Dane County, WI.


Rotary Botanical Garden - (34 SE) - Janesville, Rock County, WI


Silver-Lewis Cheese Coop - (26 SW) - Monticello, Green County, WI


Skiing - Madison WI area ski and snowboard hills.


Snowshoeing - Snowshoe area trails including bike trails.


Society Hill Historic District – (33 N) - Portage, Columbia Cty, WI - 137 historic buildings dating back as far as the 1850’s.


Spas - A couple recommended spas.


Spurgeon Vineyards - (50 W of Madison) = Winery in Highland, WI.


State Capitol - Madison, Dane County, WI - One of the most beautiful Domes and Capitol in USA.


State Parks - South Central Wisconsin State Parks.


State Street - Unique shops and restaurants between the State Capitol and UW-Madison.



Sugar River - (9 SW) - Canoeing, fishing, tubing…


Sugar River State Trail - (22SW) - New Glarus, Green County, WI - 23 mile trail from New Glarus to Brodhead. 


Swiss Historical Village - (22SW) - Museum in New Glarus, Green County, WI - 12 historic Swiss building and a continuance tour.


Syttende Mai – (15 SE) - Stoughton, Dane County, WI - Festival celebrating Norwegian independence.


Taliesin - (35 NW) -  Spring Green,  Sauk Cpunty, WI - Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, Home & School Tours


Tanger Outlet Mall - (42 NW of Madison) - Lake Delton, Sauk County, WI - 210 Gasser Rd #105 – 800.409.1603


Taste of Madison – Madison, Dane County, WI - Great food of Madison eateries and music on the square, Downtown Madison.


Tower Hill State Park - (40 NW) - Spring Green, Sauk County, WI - 40 miles NW of Madison 77 acre park with lead shot tower.


Tyrol Basin - (15 NW) - Ski and Snowboard Area - Mt Horeb, Dane County, WI - Downhill ski and snowboard 20 minutes from Madison.


Union Theater - Madison, Dane County, WI - Theater is part of the Memorial Union complex (Above).


UW Madison - University of Wisconsin - Madison campus. 


Uplands - (W) - Enjoy Madison and the Uplands Region of Southwest Wisconsin.


Veterans Museum - Madison, Dane County, WI - Museum displays Wisconsinites in war and in battles


Wilhelm Tell Festival – (22 SW) - New Glarus, Green County, WI - Enjoy alphorns, art fair, dancing, yodeling and all the wonderful cuisine.


Wineries - Tour and taste wonderful award winning wines in South Central Wisconsin.


Wisconsin Brewing Co - (7 SW of Madison) - Verona, Dane County, WI - Taproom, Gift Shop, Brewery Tours.


Wisconsin Dells - (43 NW) - Columbia County, WI - Scenic wonder of Wisconsin plus commercial attractions.


Wisconsin Opry – (33 NW) - Baraboo, Sauk County, WI - Country music in the Wisconsin Dells area.


Wollersheim Winery - Prairie Du Sac, Sauk, WI - Historic winery and hillside vineyards, award wining wines.


World Dairy Exposition – (22 NW of Madison) - Madison WI annual event held in Alliant Energy Center features elite dairy cattle and exhibits.


Yellowstone Lake State Park – (36 SW) - Blanchardville, LaFayette Cty, WI - 35 miles SW of Madison, 455-acre Lake, 968-acre park, trails.


Zazen Gallery - (10 SW) - Paoli, Dane County, WI - Richard Judd, world famous furniture and other artist displays.


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