Getting Around Madison:

Walking is the best mode of transportation since parking is extremely limited around town. For longer trips taking a cab is a good option. You cannot hail a cab in Madison, you must call ahead and order one.

Union Cab- (608) 242-2000
Badger Cab- (608) 256-5566
Green Cab- (608) 255-1234
Madison Taxi- (608) 255-TAXI that's (608) 255-8294

Things to Do:

Dane County Farmer's Market- Largest producer-only farmers' market in the country with over 300 vendors. All items are produced locally by the vendor behind the table. Snacks, flowers, food trucks and fresh-popped kettle corn are all favorites of the farmer's market. Open from 6am to 2pm.

Tour the Capitol Building- The capitol building was built from 1906-1917 and stands over 200 feet tall. It is the only capitol building built on an isthmus and the granite dome is the only one of its kind in the United States. The interior of the dome is decorated with Edward Blashfield's "Resources of Wisconsin," while the rooms are corridors are constructed from 43 different types of stone from around the world. Free tours are given on the hour from 9a-3p (except at noon) on Saturdays and from 1-4p on Sundays.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens- Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall. Outdoor Gardens are free and open daily. Conservatory admission is $2 and free on Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to noon.

Henry Vilas Zoo- One of only a few, no-admission, free parking AZA accredited zoos nationwide. The Discovering Primates Complex, Big Cat Complex, Tropical Rain Forest Aviary and Visitor Center can all be found at the ~28 acre Zoo.

Brewery Tours- Brewing has a long-standing tradition in Wisconsin and Madison has several well-established breweries to show for it. Two of the closer breweries available for touring are Ale Asylum and Capitol Brewery. Both tours are welcome to all ages but those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art- Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the museum's exhilarating facility offers 51,500 square feet of space for the study, presentation, and conservation of modern and contemporary art, as well as a 7,100-square-foot rooftop sculpture garden. Public amenities include spacious galleries, a 230-seat lecture hall, a children's classroom, a new-media gallery, and a study center for drawings, prints, and photographs.

Memorial Union Terrace- Take in the beautiful views of Lake Mendota on the terrace of the Memorial Union- a popular hang-out for Madisonians and students alike. Opened on October 5, 1928, this building is most recognized for its classic architecture and bright green, orange and yellow starburst Terrace chairs.

UW-Madison Geology Museum- On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used to live and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodon while imagining yourself in the Ice Age. Also on display at the Geology Museum are rocks and minerals that glow, a model of a Wisconsin cave, dinosaurs and meteorites.

UW-Madison Arboretum- The Arboretum’s 1200 acres border the southern half of Lake Wingra and feature distinct ecological communities, several horticultural collections, effigy mounds, historic artifacts, a Visitor Center and more than 20 miles of a trail system composed of footpaths, boardwalks and fire lanes.

Wisconsin Historical Society- Tour our exhibits to see museum objects and hear stories of native people, settlement days, immigrants' experiences and politics. Experience hands-on learning in our workshops, tour and kids activities.

Chazen Museum of Art- The majority of the museum's public space is dedicated to the display of the permanent collection. Third-floor galleries range from ancient art through 20th-century European and American in the Elvehjem Building, and 20th-century European and American Modernism through 21st-century internationalism, as well as galleries focused in Asian and African in the new building. Throughout the buildings' three floors are niche galleries that focus on specialty subcollections like Native American baskets, contemporary Japanese ceramics, Lalique glass, medallic art, American and British ceramics and Chinese export porcelain.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum- The museum is an educational package consisting of exhibits, living histories, informational programs and speakers, and much more. It is constantly evolving and improving to provide you with the ability to feel what it was like to serve in our nation’s wars and conflicts.

Places to Eat:

Monroe Street Area
Union South houses several eateries
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Hong Kong Cafe- Delicious and authentic Chinese. 2 S Mills St. (608) 259-1668
Greenbush Bakery- Outstanding doughnuts. 1305 Regent Street. (608) 257-1151
Campus Biryani & Gyros- Good Indian and Middle Eastern. 1437 Regent Street. (608) 259-0786
Pizza Brutta- Phenomenal Neapolitan pizza. 1805 Monroe Street. (608) 257-2120
Pasqual's- Southwestern fare. 1851 Monroe St. (608) 238-4419
Brasserie V- Belgian food and tap house. 1923 Monroe Street. (608) 255-8500
New Orleans Take Out- New Orlinean favorites. 1517 Monroe Street (608) 280-8000

State Street Area
Dotty Dumplings Dowry- Best burger in Madison. 317 N Frances St (608) 259-0000
Mickies Dairy Bar- Great dinner food. Seat yourself and cash-only. 1511 Monroe Street. (608) 256-9476
Mediterrenean Cafe- Best Middle Eastern in Madison. Cash only, not open evenings or Sundays. (608) 251-8510
State Street Brats- Pub grub and classic brats. 603 State Street (608) 255-5544
Ian's Pizza- A Madison icon with deliciously unconventional toppings. 319 N. Frances St and 100 State St.(608) 257- 9248
Brickhouse Barbeque- Tasty BBQ and comfort food. 408 W. Gorham St. (608) 257-7675

Capitol Area
The Old Fashioned- Great Wisconsin classics. 23 North Pinckney Street (608) 310-4545
Graze- Fabulous, elegant, local gastropub. 1 South Pinckney Street. (608) 251-2700
Cooper's Tavern- Craft beers and rustic food. 20 West Mifflin Street (608) 256-1600
Brocach- Tasty Irish pub fare. 7 West Main Street (608) 255-2015
Capital Tap Haus- Delicious brewpub and craft beers. 107 State Street (608) 310-1010
Nostrano- Amazingly inventive local upscale flavor. (608) 395-3295
Francesca's al Lago- Upscale Italian. 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (608) 255-2000