Getting Around Madison:

Walking is the best mode of transportation since parking is extremely limited around town. For longer trips, taking a cab or using Lyft and Uber are all viable options. 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:

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. www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/wisconsin_state_capitol_tour.html(http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/wisconsin_state_capitol_tour.html)


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. http://www.olbrich.org/


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. http://www.vilaszoo.org/index.php


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. www.aleasylum.com/(http://www.aleasylum.com/) www.capital-brewery.com/(http://www.capital-brewery.com/)


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. http://www.mmoca.org/index.php


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. www.union.wisc.edu/index.ht(http://www.union.wisc.edu/index.htm)m(http://www.union.wisc.edu/index.htm)


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. www.geology.wisc.edu/~museum/(http://www.geology.wisc.edu/~museum/)


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. uwarboretum.org/(http://uwarboretum.org/)


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. www.wisconsinhistory.org/(http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/)


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. www.chazen.wisc.edu/(http://www.chazen.wisc.edu/)


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. www.wisvetsmuseum.com/(http://www.wisvetsmuseum.com/)


Places to Eat:

Capitol Area
Bradbury's- cozy corner with sweet and savory crepes
Brocach- Tasty Irish pub fare. 7 West Main Street Brocach.com (608) 255-2015
Capital Tap Haus- Delicious brewpub and craft beers. 107 State Street CapitalTapHaus.com (608) 310-1010
Cooper's Tavern- Craft beers and rustic food. 20 West Mifflin Street TheCoopersTavern.com (608) 256-1600
Francesca's al Lago- Upscale Italian. MiaFrancesca.com 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (608) 255-2000
Graze- Fabulous, elegant, local gastropub. 1 South Pinckney Street. GrazeMadison.com (608) 251-2700
Hertitage Tavern- upscale contemporary American fare
Nostrano- Amazingly inventive local upscale flavor. NostranoMadison.com (608) 395-3295
Tavernakaya- Japanese small plates and sushi
The Old Fashioned- Great Wisconsin classics. 23 North Pinckney Street TheOldFashioned.com (608) 310-4545

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

State Street Area
Brickhouse Barbeque- Tasty BBQ and comfort food. 408 W. Gorham St. TheBrickhouseBBQ.com (608) 257-7675
Dotty Dumplings Dowry- Best burger in Madison. 317 N Frances St DottyDumplingsDowry.com (608) 259-0000
Dough Baby Bakery: Artisan doughnuts,cookies and more.
Forage kitchen: Casual establishment with customizable healthy, local and flavorful fare.
Ian's Pizza- A Madison icon with deliciously unconventional toppings. 319 N. Frances St and 100 State St.(608) 257- 9248
Mediterrenean Cafe- Best Middle Eastern in Madison. Cash only, not open evenings or Sundays. (608) 251-8510
Mickies Dairy Bar- Great dinner food. Seat yourself and cash-only. 1511 Monroe Street. (608) 256-9476
State Street Brats- Pub grub and classic brats. 603 State Street StateStreetBrats.com (608) 255-5544