If you are in town for the day or come early,
there's tons of stuff to do in the area:
Market - Sat. morning on the Capital Square from dawn
This is the largest farmer's market in the
US. Lots of good food, live music, booths and great people
State Street is a pedestrian street that runs
from the Capital to the University. It is chock full of
interesting independent stores like A Room of One's Own
Feminist Bookstore, Little Luxuries, Ragstock, The Soap
Opera and more coffee shops than we can count.
and the Overture Center
Check out the nifty new Overture Center and
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on State St. Museum is
Museum of Art (formerly the Elvehjem)
The UW's art museum always has a nice traveling
show and a small but interesting permanent exhibit.
Free botanical gardens with nifty pagoda,
plus an indoor tropical area ($1).
If you're up for more of a day excursion, there
are tons of bike and canoe rental places. Also, great hiking
trails and bike paths all over the city.
Parks - In particular, Devil's Lake and Natural
Bridge State Parks are gorgeous and only a short drive away.
Evermor's Forevertron - Not to be missed. The world's
largest scrap metal sculpture. Incredible and beautiful!