Olbrich Botanical Gardens comprises 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of outdoor gardens and a conservatory that amazes with countless tropical plant species. The outdoor gardens, which are generously free to the public, feature a Thai Pavilion, Rose Garden, Herb Garden, and more. A modest entrance fee to the Bolz Conservatory uncovers a world of exotic flowers, flowing water features, and circling birds, all of which are housed in a 50-foot (15.2-meter) glass pyramid that is kept as humid as a Caribbean island. Offering wheelchair-accessible walkways, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens welcomes all to meander its serene spaces.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is one of the best places in the region and probably the only one in Madison to witness a massive collection of restored ecosystems or ecological communities as the arboretum likes to call it. Founded in the 1930s, this learning and research facility was built on pastures and fields. It spans across 1200 acres (485.62 hectares) featuring savannas, forests, prairies, woodlands, wetlands, springs, ponds, gardens, trails and lakes. Besides this, it also has an additional 520-acre (210.44 hectares) of land for research purposes. Explore this huge gentle rolling landscape by embarking on the trails whether on foot or bike and, taking a part of their tours and programs. Get to know native and non native plants, animals, birds and mammals. Get to know Wisconsin plants at the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens or how to take care of the land and endemic plants at Wisconsin Native Plant Garden. Viburnum Garden has an impressive variety of Viburnum and Arborvitae species. Check out the Visitor Center for more information, books, gifts and heritage insight. You can be sure of an interesting and enlightening outing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.
This popular venue was established in 1928 by the University of Wisconsin to provide a space where students can gather and the university can host college fests, alumni events, and other functions. But with magnificent views of the adjoining lakes and an easy-going ambiance, the Memorial Union Terrace quickly became a hotspot for students. Today, it hosts a variety of events, like the popular Annual UW Credit Union Summer Stage concert series and Lakeside Cinema, which is held every Monday throughout summer. In the winter, the iconic Terrace chairs removed to make room for an ice rink. You can even see ice skating and snowboarding competitions. Though the Terrace has undergone several transformations since first being built, it manages to retain its charm no matter the season.
For a relatively small animal park, there are endless ways to entertain yourself at Henry Vilas Zoo. The zoo is spread over 28 acres (11 hectares) and houses such attractions as a petting zoo, indoor carousel, and train ride through the park. Wildlife exhibits range from a Primate House to a rhino enclosure. There is also a children's zoo onsite, as well as opportunities for programs and events year round. One of the most popular among them is the Zoo Run Run. Join the roughly 500,000 annual visitors to Henry Vilas Zoo on your next trip to Madison!
The crown jewel of Capitol Square, Madison's glorious landmark is a pristine white canopy awash in stately Beaux-Arts style. Construction on the building was completed in 1917, and it has been the center point of the state's historic and legislative tenor ever since. However, this striking structure is the fifth capitol building of the state. The first was used only temporarily until Madison was ready to assume its role as the capitol site, the second was constructed in 1837 and later replaced for a larger facility, and the third was eventually destroyed in a fire in 1904. An eye-catching landmark that is perhaps best recognized by its large dome, the current state capitol building houses the Wisconsin legislature, as well as the state Supreme Court and the offices of the governor. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the capitol building sits like an enchanting jewel, ornamented with a string of rolling lawns and sculptures.
The Chazen Museum of Art aims to collect, preserve, and exhibit works of art, exposing the public to the wonders of the art world. Playing a crucial role in Madison's visual art scene, it boasts an exciting and extensive permanent collection, which consists of old photographs, lithographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. Not only is the Chazen Museum of Art a wonderful cultural attraction, it's also free, so keep an eye out for exciting upcoming events and exhibitions.
The name says it all. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism is the official help center for tourists visiting Wisconsin. Located in the capital city of Madison, this department offers information on all things related to tourism of the place. You can get to know about lodging information, things to do, special packages and seasons all at this place. Visit the website to see maps and travel guides, get a trip planner, enjoy virtual tours and even check weather and road conditions.
Previously home to the Stoughton Universalist Church, this beautiful Greek Revival building now operates as the Stoughton Historical Museum. The museum focuses to display the culture and history of this area through their exhibits. Open on Sundays, this quaint history museum can get you well acquainted with the times that have passed in Stoughton.
Nestled in the village on Mount Horeb in Wisconsin, Stewart Lake County Park encompasses an area of 191 acres (77 hectares). In this park sits the artificial Stewart Lake. Anglers can find a variety of fishes like bass and trout here. In addition to fishing, visitors can indulge in other fun activities like hiking, canoeing, kayaking and picnicking. Set in the lap of nature, this park is a great place to explore with family and friends in the area.