Madison Wisconsin & South Central WI Attractions 

And Things To Do In Southern Wisconsin 


Enjoy top Madison, Wisconsin and South Central WI area attractions and Southern Wisconsin things to do from our Madison Wisconsin Area Bed and Breakfast Inns Association members. Stay longer, enjoy more of vibrant Madison and beautiful South Central and Southern Wisconsin.

Visit Madison and South Central Wisconsin Attractions and Things To Do in Southern Wisconsin:

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center - http://www.aldoleopold.org - E13701 Levee Rd, Baraboo, WI - about 33 miles NW of Madison. The center is a top Green building with tours and workshops.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center - http://www.a;dpleopoldnaturecenter.org - 330 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI - about 4 miles east of Madison - Nature center offers outdoor trails, programs, exhibits, group tours and private rentals.

Alliant Energy Center - http://www.alliantenergycenter.com - 1919 alliant Energy Way, Madison, Wisconsin - Events and Convention Center.

American Players Theatre - http://americanplayers.org - 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green, WI – about 25 miles NW of Madison - Classic outdoor and indoor theatre

 

Amish Stores - Albany, WI, Green County, Wisconsin 

- Detwiler's Bulk Foods - N5055 Hwy 104 - 608-897-8500

- Detweiler’s Furniture Store – W509 Atkinson Rd – 608.897.8787


Art Fair On the Square - http://www.mmoca.org/art-fair -  On the Capitol Square, Madison, Wisconsin - 608-257-0158.


Artisan Gallery - http://www.artisangal.com – Paoli - Belleville, Dane County WI - - World-class artist displays and Creamery Cafe - - 6858 Paoli Road - 608-845-6600.


Badger State Bike Trail - http://www.badger-trail.com - Rails to Trails,

Madison, Belleville to Freeport Illinos


Bald Eagle Watching - http://www.prairieduchien.org/visitors/eagles.htm– Prairie du Sac, WI - - By Wisconsin River, Prairie du Sac Hydroelectric Dam

 

Balloon And Blues Fest - http://monroeballoonrally.com - Monroe, WI - 35 miles SW of Madison - Where the Sky Gets Colorful.


Blue Mounds State Park - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bluemound/

4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, Dane County WI - 1153-acre park with the tallest mound in Southern WI - 608-437-5711.


Botham Vineyards - http://www.bothamvineyards.com - 8180 Langberry Rd, Barneveld, WI - 26 miles West of Madison - 608-924-1412.


Camp Randall Stadium - http://www.uwbadgers.com/facilities/camp-randall.html - Madison, Dane County, WI - UW football stadium since 1895 - 1440 Monroe Street, 53719.


Capital Brewery - http://www.capital-brewery.com - Middleton, Dane County, WI

- Brewery and Bier Garden with tours - 7734 Terrence Ave - 608-836-7100.

 

Capital City Bike Trail - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/capcity/ - Madison, Dane County - 17 mile trail in and around Madison. 

 

Cascade Mountain Ski Hill - http://www.cascademountain.com - Cascade Mountain Road, Portage, WI - 33 miles North of Madison - Downhill skiing - 608-742-5588.

 

Cave of the Mounds - http://www.caveofthemounds.com - 2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds, WI - 22 miles SW of Madison - World Renowned Cave, National Landmark limestone cave - daily tours, 20 miles west of Madison - 608-437-3038.

 

Chazen Museum of Art - http://www.chazen.wisc.edu - 750 University Ave, Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin, Madison Art Center - 608-263-2246.


Cheese Country Trail - http://www.greencounty.org/map_cheese_trail.iml – Monroe, Green County, WI to Mineral Point, Iowa County WI - 47 mile trail on improved railed - Green Cty Tourism, 1016 16th Ave, Monroe.


Circus World Museum - http://www.circusworldbaraboo.org - 550 Water St, Baraboo, WI, Sauk County - 33 miles NW of Madison - Offers exhibits, circus show, programs, and visitor center - 608-356-8341.

 

Concerts on the Square - http://wcoconcerts.org/performances/concerts-on-the-square/ - Select Summer Wednesdays in June & July - 7 PM - Madison - Free, Capitol Square.

 

Crane Foundation - http://www.savingcranes.com – Baraboo, Sauk County, WI

- International preservation center for Cranes - E11376 Shady Lane Road – 608-356-9462.


Dane County Farmers Market - http://dcfm.org - On the Capitol Square, Madison WI - The best Farmer's Market and largest producers-only market in the country - 150 vendors - 608-455-1999.


Depot Days - http://www.depotdays.info - Brooklyn, Green County, Wisconsin.

- Brooklyn grew with the railroad - 608.455.3121.


Devils Head Ski Resort - http://www.devilsheadresort.com – Merrimac – Sauk County, WI - Downhill skiing and snowboarding - S6330 Bluff Road – 608-493-2251.

 

Devil' Lake State Park - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/devilslake/ - South 5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI - 33 miles NW of Madison - Favorite and Most Scenic Wisconsin State Park - 9000 acres, lake, bluffs, trails - 608-356-8301.


Doby Stables, Inc. – Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI - 1 to 2 hour rides through Gov. Dodge State Park - 4228 State Rd 23 - 608.935-5205.

 

Downtown Madison - http://www.visitdowntownmadison.com – Madison, Dane County, WI - Capitol down State Street to University of Wisconsin.

 

Edelweiss Chalet Country Club - http://www.edelweissccc.com - New Glarus, Green County, WI - 18-hole golf course on the edge of New Glarus - W4764 Edelweiss Rd – 608.527.2315.

 

Epic Medical Software - http://www.epic.com - Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin

- Huge campus of a fast growing medical software company - 1979 Milky Way – 608.271.9000.

 

Executive Mansion – http://www.doa.state.wi.us/subcategory.asp?linksubcatid=328&locid=4 - Madison, Dane County, WI -WI Governor’s Mansion - 99 Cambridge Road, Madison, WI Dane County.

 

Fall Foliage in Southern Wisconsin - Fall Color is everywhere.


Fireside Dinner Theatre - http://www.firesidetheatre.com - 1131 Janesville Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI, Jefferson County - 31 miles SE of Madison - 920-563-9505 - live Broadway musicals and dining.


First State Capital- http://www.firstcapital.org – County Road G, Belmont, LaFayette County, WI - Early WI displays, Capitol and Supreme Court buildings - 608.987.2122.

 

Gerald Bartel Community Theatre- http://www.barteltheatre.org - 113 E Mifflin - Madison, Dane County, WI – Tickets 608.661.9696.


Glacial Drumlin Trail - http://www.glacialdrumlin.com – Cottage Grove, Dane County, WI - Bike Trail is 52-miles long from Cottage Grove to Waukesha - 920.648.8774.


Governor Dodge State Park- http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/govdodge/ -  4175 State Road 23, Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI – 608.935.2315.

 

Green County Cheese Days - http://www.cheesedays.com - Court House Square, Monroe WI - 35 miles SW of Madison - Cheese celebration is an old tradition. And, visit Green County cheese factories and Monroe shops - 608-325-7771.


Greenway Station Outlet Mall - http://www.greenwayshopping.com - Hwy 12 & 18 Exit 352, 1650 Deming Way, Middleton, Dane County, WI - 608-824-9111.


Heidi Festival - http://www.swisstown.com/festivals/ - New Glarus, Green County WI - Swiss play and the Taste of New Glarus.


Henry Vilas Zoo - http://www.vilaszoo.org - 702 S Randall Ave – Madison, Dane County, WI – 608.266.4732.

 

Historic Paoli - http://www.visitpaoli.com - Dane County, WI - Unique shops, galleries and dining along the Sugar River 10 miles SW of Madison. 

 

House on the Rock - http://www.thehouseontherock.com - 5754 Hwy 23, Spring Green, WI - 35 miles NW of Madison - Amazing house and collections unlimited...

608-935-3639.

 

Ice Age National Scenic Trail - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/iceagetrail/ - Hike to your delight. Easy find at Badger Trail segment at Belleville at Basco - 12 miles SW of Madison, WI.

 

International Crane Foundation - https://www.savingcranes.org - E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI - 33 miles NW of Madison - All the very interesting crane species of the World.


Institutes for Discovery - https://discovery.wisc.edu/ - 330 Orchard StMadison, Dane County, WI - Hands-on self-guided science stations, restaurant and more – 608.316.4300.

 

Johnson Creek Premium Outlet Mall -  http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=53 - State Hwy 26 – Jefferson County, WI – 920-699-4111.

 

Kohl Center - http://www.uwbadgers.com/facilities/kohl-center.html - 601 W Dayton St - Madison, Dane County, WI – 608-263-5645 - Home to UW basketball and hockey games.


Lake Mendota - http://www.lake-link.com/Wisconsin-Lake -Finder/lake.cfm/1108/Mendota-Lake-Dane-County-Wisconsin/ - Madison, Dane County, WI.

 

Lake Monona - Madison, Dane County, WI.

- http://www.lake-link.com/Wisconsin-Lake -Finder/lake.cfm/1108/Mendota-Lake-Dane-County-Wisconsin/


Lake Waubesa, Lake Wingra - other Madison lakes.


Lake Wisconsin - http://www.lakewisconsin.org - Lodi, Columbus County, WI

- 10,000 acre lake and 52 miles of shoreline - 608.592.4412.


Lands End - http://www.landsend.com - 113 N Iowa St – 608.935.9053 – Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI - Clothing Outlet Store.

 

Mackenzie Environmental - http://www.mackenziecenter.com - W7303 County Road CS & Q Poynette, Columbia County, WI - 608.635.8105 - 250 acre diverse environmental education center just 25 miles north of Madison.

 

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art - http://www.mmoca.org - 227 State Street, Madison, WI, Dane County - Modern and contemporary exhibits - free - 608-267-0158.

 

Memorial Coliseum - http://www.alliantenergycenter.com/home/veterans-memorial-coliseum.aspx#.UxXKbdwf8pE - 1881 Expo Mall E, Madison, WI, Dane County - Events Center -608-267-3976.


Memorial Union - http://www.union.wisc.edu - 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI - 

Madison's favorite landmark with food, live music, films, galleries.

 

Merrimac Free Ferry - http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/water/merrimac.htm - Merrimac, WI - 24 miles NW of Madison - Since 1948 Ferry has crossed the Wisconsin River.

 

Michael Feldman Radio Show - http://www.notmuch.com - Madison, Dane County WI - What'Ya Know" live show from Monona Terrace.

 

Mid-Continental Railroad Museum - http://www.midcontinent.org – - E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom - Take the 50-minute train ride through the Baraboo hills - 608.522.4261.

 

Mid West Horse Fair - http://www.midwesthorsefair.com - Madison, Dane County, WI - Annual event - Held in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center (Above).

 

Military Ridge Bike Trail - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/militaryridge/ - Verona (9 miles west of Madison) to Dodgeville (40 miles west of Madison) on old railroad bed. Parking is available at the trailhead at County Highway PB, just off of business State Highway 151.


Milton House - http://www.miltonhouse.org - 18 S Janesville St, Milton, Rock County, WI - Museum and Historical Society - 608-868-7772.

 

Minhas Craft Brewery & Distillery – http://minhasbrewery.com - 1208 Fourteenth Ave, Monroe, Green County, WI - Craft brewery offers beer museum, great tour

- 608.325.3191.

 

Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center - http://www.mononaterrace.com - One John Nolan Dr., Madison, WI - Frank Lloyd Wright designed center in downtown Madison on the shore of Lake Monona offers great views, food and a rooftop terrace - 608-261-4000.

 

Monroe Arts Center - https://www.monroeartscenter.com - 1315 11th St, Monroe, Green County, WI - 35 miles SW of Madison.


Monroe Balloon Rally - http://www.monroeballoonrally.com - Monroe, Green County, WI.

 

Museum of Contemporary Art – http://www.mocca.org - 222 State St, Madison, Dane County, WI - 5000 item collection. 

 

National Historic Cheesemaking Center - http://www.nationalhistoriccheesemakingcenter.org – 2108 6th Ave, Monroe, Green County – 608-325-4636.

 

National Mustard Museum - http://www.mustardmuseum.com – 7477 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, Dane County, Wisconsin Parmenter and Hubbard Ave, downtown Middleton - 6 miles NW of Madison - 5000's Mustards – 800.438.6878.


National Mustard Museum - http://mustardmuseum.com - 7477 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, WI - 6 miles NW of Madison

 

Natural Bridge State Park - http://www.travelwisconsin.com/state-parks-forests/state-parks/natural-bridge-state-park-203671 - S5975 Park Rd Baraboo, Sauk County, WI – 608-356-8301 - Features a large sandstone natural arch and rock shelter.

 

Nevin Springs Fish and Wildlife Area –5911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, Dane Cty, WI – 608.275.3246.

 

New Glarus – http://www.swisstown.com - Visitor's Center, 418 Railroad St, New Glarus, WI - 22 miles SW of Madison - America's Little Switzerland between Albany and Belleville.

 

New Glarus Brewing Company - http://www.newglarusbrewing.com - 2400 Wisconsin 69, New Glarus, WI - 22 miles SW of Madison - First Class Tours, Award Winning Beers.

 

New Glarus Swiss Historical Museum - http://www.swisshistoricalvillage.org - Tour many Swiss buildings and displays. New Glarus is 22 miles SW of Madison.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens - http://www.olbrich.org - 3300 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI, Dane County - 16 acres of Gardens, Art Displays, Bolz Conservatory, Events - 608-246-4550.


Olbrich's Concerts In The Garden - 3300 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI, Dane County, Tuesdays in June and July at 7:00PM.

 

Overture Center for the Arts - http://overturecenter.com - 201 State St, Madison, WI, Dane County - World class arts, events and theatre center - 608-258-4177.


Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area – http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=1 - Hwy DL, Merrimac, Sauk County, WI - Spectacular gorge near Devil’s Lake State Park  - 608.356.2185.

 

Paoli - http://www.visitpaoli.com/Home.html - 12 miles SW of Madison Historic Paoli offers the Artisan, Paoli House & Zazen Galleries; Cheese Cottage, School House Shops and Cafe, Cottage Goddess in Old Mill; School House, Creamery Cafe, Paoli Pub Restaurants...


Pendarvis Museum - http://pendarvis.wisconsinhistory.org - - 114 Shake Rag Street, Mineral Point, Iowa County, WI - 608.987.2122 - Cornish lead miners history and culture museum.


Primrose Winery – http://www.newglarusprimrosewinery.com - 500 1st St, New Glarus, Green County, WI - 608.527.5053 - Wisconsin winery uses mostly Wisconsin grapes.

 

Riverside Park – http://visitbeloit.com/the_riverfront - 1160 Riverside Dr, Beloit, Rock County, WI 53511 – 608.365.4838 - Community gathering spot for numerous events.

 

Rhythem and Booms - http://www.rhythmandbooms.com - Famous Madison's July Fireworks

 

Rocking L Acres Sleighrides - http://www.home.spreynet.com/-jlichtl - 2964 County Rd AB, McFarland, Dane County, WI – 608-838-8178.

 

Rotary Botanical Garden - http://www.rotarygardens.org - 1455  Palmer Dr, Janesville, Rock County, WI - 608.752.3885.

 

Shake Rag Alley - http://www.shakeragalley.com – 18 Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, Iowa, WI - 608-987-3292 - Cornish miners settlement.

 

Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery - http://www.spurgeonvineyards.com - 16008 Pine Tree RdHighland, WI – 608-929-7692.

  

Silver-Lewis Cheese Coop - http://www.silverlewischeese.com - - W3075 County Rd EE, Monticello, Green County, WI - 608.938.4813 - 150 year old cheese factory and store.

 

Society Hill Historic District - Near Downtown Portage – Portage, Columbia Cty, WI

– 608.742.3315 - 137 historic buildings dating back as far as the 1850’s.


State Street - http://www.state-st.com - Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin - Unique shops and restaurants between the State Capitol and UW-Madison down State Street.

 

Stoughton Opera House - http://www.stoughtonoperahouse.com – 381 E Main St,Stoughton, Dane County, WI – 608-877-4400 - Restored Opera House, now The Performing Arts Center.


Sugar River - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/ - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/ Bring a boat to fish or rent a canoe or tube.

 

Sugar River State Bike Trail - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/ - New Glarus 22 miles SW of Madison - Trail runs from New Glarus to Monticello to Albany to Brodhead - 608-527-2334.


Swiss Historical Village Museum - http://www.swisshistoricalvillage.org – 612 7th Ave, New Glarus, Green County, WI – 608-588-7900 - 12 historic Swiss buildings and a continuance tour.

 

Syttende Mai - http://www.stoughtonwi.com/syttendemai/ - Stoughton, WI - 15 miles SE of Madison - Norwegian Festival. 

 

Taliesin - http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/ - 5607 County C, Spring Green, WI - 35 miles NW of Madison - Frank Lloyd Wright's summer home. Discover the man, his architecture, ideas, story and home.

 

Taste of Madison - http://www.tasteofmadison.com -  Madison, On the Capitol Square, Madison, WI. About 100 restaurants, the event. food, music on Labor Day Weekend.


Tanger Outlet Mall- http://www.tangeroutlet.com/wisconsindells/ - 210 Gasser Rd #105, Lake Delton, Sauk County, WI – 800.409.1603.

 

Taste of Madison - http://www.tasteofmadison.com – Madison, Dane County, WI

- Great food of Madison eateries and music on the square, Downtown Madison.

 

Taste of New Glarus - http://swisstown.com/ - Downtown, New Glarus - 22 miles SW of Madison - A taste of New Glarus food offerings and other festivals.


Tower Hill State Park - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/towerhill/ - 5808 County C, Spring Green, Sauk County, WI - 40 miles NW of Madison 77 acre park with lead shot tower - 608.588.2116.

 

Tyrol Basin - http://www.tyrolbasin.com - 3487 Bohn Rd, Mount Horeb, WI - 18 miles SW of Madison - Down Hill ski hill, snowboarding.

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison - http://www.wisc.edu - 702 West Johnson St, Madison, WI - Badger Sports, Big Ten University


UW Arboretum - http://www.uwarboretum.org - 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI. 1200 acres on Southside of Lake Wingra with visitor center, ecological and horticultural exhibits, effigy mounds, artifacts and visitor center.

 

UW Geology Museum - http://www.geology.wisc.edu/~museum/ - 1215 W Dayton, St Madison, Dane County, WI - Educational programs on rocks, minerals, and fossils – 608.262.1412.

 

UW Lakeshore Path - http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/lakeshorepath.htm - Madison, Dane County, WI - 608-265-9275. Path runs from UW Memorial Union (below) to scenic Picnic Point along the Lake Mendota lakeshore.

 

UW Memorian Union - http://www.union.wisc.edu - - 800 Langdon St – 608.262.2202, Madison, Dane County, WI - University of Wisconsin’s social and cultural center - Union Theater - http://www.uniontheater.wisc.edu.


Wilhelm Tell Festival - http://www.wilhelmtell.org -  New Glarus, WI, Green County – 22 miles SW of Madison - Famous Swiss Archer celebration.


Wisconsin Brewing Company - http://www.wisconsinbrewingcompany.com - 1079 American Way, Verona, WI - 9 miles SW of Madison - Tour and samples - 608-848-1079.


Wisconsin Dells - http://www.wisdells.com - Columbia County, WI - Scenic wonder of Wisconsin plus commercial attractions. WI Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau – 800-223-3557.


Wisconsin Historical Museum - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum - 30 N Carroll, Madison, WI, Dane County - Wisconsin's heritage and display of Wisconsin history to the present - 608-848-1079.


Wisconsin Opry - http://www.wisconsinopry.com – E10964 Moon Road, Baraboo, Sauk County, WI – 608.254.7951 - Country music in the Wisconsin Dells area.

 

Wisconsin State Capitol Building Tour - http://tours.wisconsin.gov/pub/Content.aspx?p=Capitol+Tour - 2 E. Main St, Madison, WI. Tour our State Capitol, one of the most beautiful domes in USA, on the square in Madison, WI, Dane County - 608-266-0382.


Wisconsin River Scenic Lower Wisconsin River - http://lwr.state.wi.us

Wisconsin River is a major scenic attraction in Southern Wisconsin.


Wisconsin Union Theater - http://www.union.wisc.edu - 800 Langdon St, Madison, Dane County, WI - 608.265.3000 - Theater is part of the Memorial Union complex (Above).


Wisconsin Veterans Museum - http://www.wisvetsmuseum.com - 30 W Mifflin St., Madison, WI - Exhibits and displays of Wisconsin vets in action from the Cicil War to the present - free - 608-267-1799.


Wollersheim Winery - https://www.wollersheim.com - 7876 State Hwy, 188, Prairie du Sac, WI - "America's Top 10 Winery Tours" ~ TripAdvisor. The Wollersheim Winery is 25 miles NW of Madison. 1-800-VIP-WINE.

 

World Dairy Exposition - https://www.worlddairyexpo.com - Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI - International dairy event of the dairy industry. 


Yellowstone Lake State Park - http://www.yellowstonelake.org – Blanchardville, LaFayette Cty, WI - 608.523.4427 - 35 miles SW of Madison, State Park offers 968 acre park and trails and a 455 acre Lake Yellowstone.

 

Zazen Gallery - http://richardjudd.com/section/245643_Zazen_Gallery.html -- 6896 Paoli Rd, Belleville, WI, Paoli, Dane County, WI - 608.845.9722 - Richard Judd, world famous furniture and Paoli art gallery.



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