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Visit the Best In Madison tourism in Madison and South Central and Southern Wisconsin.

AIRPORT (6 miles NE of Madison) – Dane County Regional Airport (Airport Code MSN) is located on the NE side or Madison at 4000 International Lane Madison, WI 53704. Phone: 608-246- 3380. For Arrivals, Departures, Parking Info and more website. Over 85 commercial flights depart and arrive daily. Dane County Regional Airport is the gateway to the Madison and South Central Wisconsin and the area’s vibrant economy and natural beauty.

CAMP RANDALL STADIUM – Madison, Dane County, WI – UW Badger Football Stadium. Go Badgers.

Welcome to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI – the UW – Madison football stadium and sports venue and a top 101 Southern Wisconsin attractions and things to do in South Central WI. Visit Madison, South Central WI and the Camp Randall Stadium.

Experience Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Dane County, WI – the home for Wisconsin’s Badgers football team. It was built in 1917 and has increased to its current capacity of 80,321 over the years. It can host numerous types of events. Visit Camp Randall Stadium in centrally located vibrant Madison.

The complex consists of the field, athletic department offices, the Athletic Operations Building, team training table, lounges, a study area for student-athletes, and a display of football memorabilia in the new football offices located in the eastside of the superstructure.

During the Civil War in 1861, the Wisconsin Agricultural Society that held its annual state fair on the grounds donated the land to the government for a major military training center. After the war, the land was returned to state fair property. In 1893, the state presented the site to the university as a memorial athletic field.

The 2005 Camp Randall Stadium Renovation assures Badger fans and Athletic Department personnel will be able to compete well into the 21st century. There is not one student-athlete or athletic department staff member whose life has not been improved by the renovation.

 The Camp Randall Stadium is located at – 1440 Monroe Street, Madison, Dane County, WI53719.

CAVE OF THE MOUNDS – Welcome to Cave of the Mounds, Mount Horeb, WI – a National Landmark cave experience. Visit the Cave of the Mounds at Blue Mounds, WI –  a National Natural Landmark and the geological wonder and the jewel cave of the upper Midwest for the variety and delicacy of its formations. Cave of the Mounds is about 20 miles SW of Madison.

Tours are on paved and lighted paths. The Gift Shop offers rock and fossil specimens, nature and historical exhibits. Kids find treasure at the gemstone mine and fossil dig.

The Cave of the Mounds, is located at 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI – 608.437.3038.

 

EPIC SYSTEMS

Welcome to Epic Systems, Verona WI – a medical software firm and unique campus.

Epic Systems is a software company making in-house medical software for groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organizations on a huge campus of the fast growing medical software company. Epic is located just west of Verona and about 10 miles SW of centrally located Madison.

Epic was founded in 1979 and is privately and employee-owned. Employees are up to 6,800 in 2013 and growing.

The 950-acre campus consists of the latest complex Wizards Academy to be completed in 2015. The phase will add 1580 offices and large cafeteria to the Farm Campus with 4,500 offices. There’s also the S-shaped learning center and its 6,000-seat auditorium. There is also a newer 11,400-seat Deep Space auditorium. A small, rustic but functional tree house retreat is part of the massive complex campus. And of course there are plans for Campus 5, the Authors Campus.

The Epic is located at 1979 Milky Way, Verona, WI – 608.271.9000.

EXECUTIVE MANSION OF MADISON, WI

Visit the Governor’s Executive Mansion in Madison Wisconsin, the home for the Wisconsin Governor and family in Maple Bluff on the shores of Lake Mendota.

Welcome to Executive Mansion in Madison, WI – the Governor’s home on Lake Mendota.  Experience the Executive Mansion

The State of Wisconsin acquired the 3.7 acres with a 3-story, 20,377 square foot mansion for $47,500 in 1949. It now has 10 garden areas.

The Executive Residence opens for tours during the summer and for holiday viewing in December.   For reservations call (608) 246-5501. The Executive Mansion is located at 99 Cambridge Road, Madison, Dane County, WI.

 

FALL FOLIAGE COLOR EVERYWHERE IN MADISON WI AREA.

Welcome to Fall Foliage in Wisconsin – a fall color event in Wisconsin from late September to late October and a top 101 Southern Wisconsin attractions and things to do in South Central WI. Visit Madison, South Central WI and Fall Foliage Color.

FIRST WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL

Welcome to the First State Capitol, Belmont, WI – the historic first State Capitol and Supreme Court buildings. Experience the first State Capitol and Supreme Court buildings and the beginning of Wisconsin as a state The First State Capitol is preserved on Hwy G north of Belmont, Wisconsin in LaFayette County at Leslie, WI. It is about 50 miles SW of Madison.

Belmont, Wisconsin was the birthplace of the Wisconsin territorial government where legislators built the framework for Wisconsin’s current state government back in 1836, 12 years before becoming a state. They also established a judicial system, roads, railroads, and Madison as the permanent capital city.

The First Capitol site features two restored buildings – The First State Capitol and The Supreme Court buildings – now located in Leslie just north of Belmont. In 1994, the buildings became part of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The buildings are open to the public for a self-guided tour.

 

GARDENS

Area gardens you will love. Visit the nearby University of Wisconsin and Madison flower gardens: Allen Centennial Gardens – the UW Horticulture Department and the Botany Garden – UW Dept of Botany’s “green and fragrant oasis”; and the UW Madison Arboretum and McKay Visitor Center – 1280 scenic acres of garden flowers, flowering trees, plants and hiking trails. You will not want to miss Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens – a 16-acre collection of award winning rose gardens, numerous flower displays, flower shows and the Olbrich Bolz Conservatory indoor tropical paradise. South and East in Janesville enjoy The Rotary Gardens – acres of beautiful floral gardens and ponds.

 

HENRY VILAS ZOO

Welcome to Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, WI – a free Madison WI zoo which contains many forms of wildlife, a great kid’s zoo and a concession stand. The Henry Vilas Zoo is located at 702 S Randall Ave, Madison, Dane County, WI. – 608.266.4732.

 

HOUSE ON THE ROCK

Experience House on the Rock near Spring Green in Sauk County, WI – an amazing house, attraction and numerous collections. House on the Rock is a top 101 South Central Wisconsin attractions and things to do in Southern WI where Madison is at the center of attractions. Visit Madison, South Central WI, area “attractions”, B&B “lodging”, “attractions”, places to “dine”, attend “events” and “shop” per above.

The House on the Rock is located at 5754 State Road 23, Spring Green, Sauk County, WI – 608.935.3639.

House on the Rock is about 37 miles west of centrally located Madison.

The House On The Rock is a must see destination for at least once in your life. It has been a tourist attraction for more than 50 years. Take a self-guided tour of the original house perched on a rock; the creators – Alex Jordan – Center; buildings full of eclectic, exotic and whimsical collections and displays; dramatic garden with cascading waterfall and a serene pond; enormous doll house collection, and largest indoor carousel.

LEOPOLD LEGACY CENTER

The award winning Aldo Leopold Legacy Center green building offers energy conservation in design and uses energy most efficiently for its office space, meeting rooms, exhibit space and a document archive.

In addition, the Legacy Center makes an outstanding commitment to land stewardship and how we can reduce our impact on the environment.

Aldo Leopold was an ecologist, environmentalist, forester, and professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and helped develop concepts in environmental and land ethics. He wrote many essays that were collected in the Sand County Almanac. Leopold defined conservation as a way of life. People can partnership with the land to sustain the health, wildness, and productivity of the land both locally and globally without spoiling it.

The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center offers programs on land management, controlling invasive species, using prescribed burning in the woods, prairie management and forest management.

The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center is located at E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Call 608-355.029.

LEOPOLD NATURE CENTER

Aldo Leopold Nature Center is an environmental, conservation and nature educational center.

The Leopold Nature Center offers conservation education, hands-on programs, and interactive exhibits located at – 330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI – 608-221-0404.

The Nature Center offers individuals and families a chance to connect with nature through special events, education programs, children’s exhibits, a Climate Science Education Museum, plus outdoor wetland, woodland and prairie trails. The Nature Center’s mission is to educate the next generation of stewards of the land and to provide students hands-on programs to see the land, understand what is seen, and enjoy what is understood in the spirit of Aldo Leopold. The Monona Campus, provides visitors the chance to explore local flora and fauna on the trails, oak savanna, wetlands, prairies and woodlands to see how their observations connect to the land, local and global phenomena.

MERRIMAC FREE FERRY

Enjoy the Merrimac Free Ferry at Merrimac WI in Sauk County. The Merrimac Ferry is Wisconsin’s only free ferry. It shuttles WIS HWY 113 traffic and crosses the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties and between Okee on the east bank and Merrimac on the west. The ferry can carry 15 vehicles, plus pedestrians and bicyclists. Crossing time is about 7 minutes.

Merrimac Ferry (Colsac III) remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until ice forms on the Wisconsin River. Merrimac Free Ferry in located about 24 miles NW of centrally located Madison.

Private ferry service had began in 1844. The ferry then carried horse and buggy and passengers for a small fee between 35 cents and $1. Manpower primarily operated the ferry until about 1900 when a gasoline engine was added.

In 1933 the ferry was acquired by the old State Highway Commission and has operated as a free ferry since Columbia and Sauk counties turned it over to the state without charge. It has survived several bridge construction plans as residents of Merrimac once formed an “I Believe in Ferries” club in protest. Even a new nearby I-90 freeway could not overcome the nostalgia factor of the ferry.

MUSTARD MUSEUM

Welcome to the National Mustard Museum, Middleton located in Middleton, Wisconsin and offering over 5,000 jars and tubes of mustard from 50 states and 60 countries. You have to visit the Mustard Museum when you are in South Central Wisconsin. Mustard Museum is located in Middleton 6 miles NW of Madison.

Barry and Patti Levenson started the museum – Barry is the curator and Patti is the Director of Marketing and tours. There is a theater to learn the history of mustard and the museum. At the Gift Shop and Gourmet Foods Emporium you can taste and purchase many of these world famous mustards or order mustard at 1-800-438-6878.

Of course, there is National Mustard Day, Museum News, Free Movies at famed Mustard Piece Theatre, a Monthly Newsletter “The Proper Mustard” that is “Yellow Journalism at its Best!”, and almost Free – Higher Education degrees from Poupon U – America’s College of Mustard, winning recipes, personalized mustard, gift boxes or Market Totes.

Middleton, Dane County, Wisconsin – Parmenter and Hubbard Ave, downtown Middleton at 7477 Hubbard Ave – 800.438.6878.

STATE CAPITOL

Welcome to the Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison, WI. Experience the Wisconsin Capitol building on the square in Madison WI, the State Capital, between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. Wisconsin’s State Capitol is a beautiful building and has one of the largest domes in the U. S.

The original Capitol was a rented building in Belmont in 1836 now known as the First State Capitol. Madison was chosen as a permanent site and the building built in 1838 and replaced. In 1863 a fire left the second Madison Capitol badly damaged and a new Capitol built between 1906 and 1917 at a cost of $7.25 million.

The Capitol is over 200 feet with the only State Capitol granite dome. It is one of the most beautiful domes in the United States. The dome is topped by a gilded bronze statue, “Wisconsin.” The building includes the Governor chambers, the State Supreme Court room, Senate Chamber and the Assembly Chamber each elegantly decorated and furnished.

Free tours are offered daily, year round except on certain holidays.

Wisconsin State Capitol – 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53702. Call (608)266-0382.

UPLANDS OF SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN

The Uplands are the most beautiful part of Southwestern Wisconsin. Uplands refers to the area of Wisconsin left untouched by the glaciers. On the East edge is the Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn bed and breakfast just South of vibrant Madison and the Western edge is the Mississippi River. The region is also known as the Driftless Area of beautiful rolling hills and hidden valleys which attracted immigrants to the region who created small ethnic communities throughout the region that you will want to visit along with nearby attractions and things to do.

WISCONSIN DELLS – Columbia County, WI – Scenic wonder of Wisconsin plus commercial attractions. WI Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau – 800-223-3557.

To see the scenic Dells – Take the Duck Rides or boat ride. Make Wisconsin Dells part of a scenic day trip in South Central WI. The land is Wisconsin scenic beauty at it’s best. The commercial attractions may entertain, but the landscape will take your breath away. Wisconsin Dells is 42 miles NE of Madison in Columbia County.

WISCONSIN DELLS ATTRACTIONS:

Chamber of Commerce – Official Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce Web Site.

Coldwater Canyon Golf Course (Public) – 18 holes – 4052 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8883 – (608) 254-8489.

Christmas Mountain Village – Wisconsin Dells’ ski & golf resort – S944 Christmas Mountain Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.

Crystal Grand Music Theatre – Live entertainment, country, oldies and comedy – 430 W Monroe Ave, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.

Mirror Lake State Park – WDNR Mirror Lake State Park – Picnic areas, shelter, grills, biking and wooded campsites. Scenic Tours – Visitor’s list of outdoor tours of the beautiful part of the Wisconsin Dells.

 

Wisconsin Opry – E10964 Moon Road, Baraboo, Sauk County, WI – 608.254.7951 – Country music in the

Wisconsin River Scenic Lower Wisconsin River

Wisconsin River is a major scenic attraction in Southern Wisconsin.

 

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