Madison Resources

Spending summer in Madison is a memorable experience. Madison has all the perks a lively and vibrant city has to offer. From exploring nature to tasting food from all over the world, you are all covered with endless opportunities. This page is your go-to if you are lucky enough to be in Madison, Wisconsin this summer, and you want to have the best time of your life.

Restaurants/Food

Ian's Pizza slices in a box

 Ian’s Pizza
A great place to grab craft-quality pizza. A variety of different pizza combinations are available by the slice or whole pie. They have a place you can sit and eat your pizza, and delivery service that extends to many locations in Madison. Visit here for more information.

More places to find good food

  • Eno Vino Downtown, visit here for more details.
  • Rare Steakhouse, visit here for more information.
  • Smoky Jon’s, visit here for more information.
  • Mediterranean Cafe, find more details here
  • Takumi Japanese Restaurant, click here for more details.
  • Estacion Inka, visit here for more information.
  • Monsoon Siam, for more details, visit Facebook page here.
  • Farmers’ Market, to learn more about Farmers’ Market, visit here.

Entertainment/Recreation

Live music at the Terrace, night time.

 Terrace
One of top attractions in Madison, the Terrace at Memorial Union is a vibrant place to sit and enjoy your ice cream or eat cheese curds while enjoying live music.With Lake Mendota right to the Terrace shoreline, this is  a pleasant environment to read a book or meet new people who share the same taste of being close to waters. Visit here for more information about the Terrace.

More resources on Recreation
Concerts on the Square
Free summer concert series at the Capitol Square. Happening every Wednesday evenings at 7PM from June 29-August 3.

More details about each one of these concerts and the history of Concerts on the Square can be found here.

Hoofers activities
Mountaineering Club, Outing Club, Riding Club, Sailing Club, Scuba Club, Ski and Snowboard Club. For more information on Hoofers, visit their website here.

Outdoorsy

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens, visit here for more details.
  • Allen Centennial Gardens, visit here for more details.
  • Wisconsin Union, visit here for more details.
  • Picnic Point, visit here for more details.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, visit here for more details.

Parks and Beaches 

  • Here is a list of Parks and Beaches to visit over the summer while in Madison.

Festivals and Fairs
Madison is a home of festivals in the summer. From the World’s Largest Brat Fest that takes place in May Annually to the Taste of Madison that takes place in September every year, Madison got you covered with festivities. For more details about festivals, visit here.

Education

Children learning in Geology museum

Chazen Museum of Art
Chazen Museum of Art (the Chazen) has  approximately 23,000 work-of-art collections within a 176,000 square feet of space. This makes the Chazen museum the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin. Located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and walking distance of the state capitol, you will be able to mix your adventure to this museum with a tour in a vibrant college town. Visit the Chazen museum website here for more information.

More resources on Education
Public libraries
Madison Public Library
This library has more than 7 locations across Madison, more details can be found here.
UW-Madison Libraries

  • Business Library
  • College Library
  • Ebling Library for the Health Sciences
  • Law Library
  • Memorial Library
  • Steenbock Library

For more information about UW-Madison Libraries, visit their website here.

Art, culture and History  

  • Wisconsin Veterans museum
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Madison Children’s Museum

More information about museums to visit in Madison, visit here.

  • Henry Vilas Zoo

Terrific place to observe a number of diverse animals, visit here for more information.