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Madison, the state capital of Wisconsin, is situated on an isthmus between lake Mendota and lake Menona. Often described as a cosmopolitan city with a hometown feel, Madison is a place with four distinct seasons. The city boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to meet diverse tastes, plenty of shopping and restaurants, as well as sports and recreation.
Madison in all seasons
Explore the website below to find indoor and outdoor activities to match the season.
The City of Madison
The City of Madison website is valuable resource for Madisonians. You’ll find information about neighborhoods, parks, libraries, schools, services, transportation, news, updates and much more.
News outlets are another good source of Madison information. Check out The Wisconsin State Journal, The Cap Times, Isthmus, The Capital City Hues, Umoja Magazine, Brava Magazine, and student newspapers The Badger Herald and The Daily Cardinal.
Madison has big name stores and shopping centers found in many other American cities. You’ll also find a collection of co-ops and farmers’ markets to choose from.
Farmer’s markets are a feature of Madison. The largest, Dane County Farmers’ Market, is located on the square around the Capitol Building during spring, summer and fall. There are a number of other Farmer’s Markets located throughout the city, and even one right on campus!
Dane County Farmer's Market
Pedestrians shop for fresh cheese, tomatoes and other produce while walking around the Dane County Farmers' Market that circles the Wisconsin State Capitol in downtown Madison. Attending the Farmers' Market is a favorite weekend activity for many University of Wisconsin-Madison students and members of the Madison community. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)