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Get on a Bus Rental in Madison, Wisconsin for that Perfect Vacation

Explore the Athens of the Midwest on a bus rental in Madison, Wisconsin.

Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin's capital, Madison, is also the seat of Dane County. The city is home to more than 243,000 people and has a variety of nicknames, including Mad City, Madtown, the Berkeley of the Midwest, the Athens of the Midwest, and the Paris of South-Central Wisconsin, among others. And with all these nicknames, there are certainly a lot of things that you could do and a lot of places that you could visit in Madison.

So get on a bus rental in Madison, Wisconsin and explore the state capital today!

Have a more memorable tour on a bus rental in Madison, Wisconsin.

From the arts, to enjoying the downtown area, to loads and loads of family fun, and even to the beauty of nature, there is no place quite like Madison. There are simply a lot of places where you can get the best Wisconsin experience here. So be sure to gather your family and friends on a bus rental in Madison, Wisconsin and enjoy your perfect stay here!

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

If you are up for a little gambling, do drop by Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison and De Jope Gaming & Entertainment.

Meanwhile, the Crawdaddy Cove Water Park is located at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West. Check out the indoor water park, where you can have fun with the whole family in an atmosphere that feels like the Louisiana Bayou. Get on the SS Crawdaddy shrimp boat or just have fun with a water basketball game. There are features that toddlers can play with, while older kids and adults will have fun at going down the 55' water slide!

Arts & Culture

Madison, Arts & Culture

Art lovers listen up. These are the places that you need to go to in Madison:

The Chazen Museum of Art exhibits a wide range of artworks, dating back to the ancient times and right up to the modern times. Meanwhile, you can also visit the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art where you could find amazing exhibits of contemporary and modern art.

The Olbrich Botanical Gardens not only has great plants but it also showcases the works of some of the area's best artists at the Evjue Commons. There are also art spaces at the Madison Municipal Building and the Mayor's Conference Room. Or you could learn about making different types of art at the Madison Public Library Bubbler.

Also check out the James Watrous Gallery, Madison Children's Museum, Madison Masonic Center.

Public Art. The city also has a collection of public art that adorn public buildings, bus shelters and other infrastructures. Some examples include Metro Redux seen at State Street bus shelters, the Underflow at the Madison Water Utility Building, Capitol Square Fountains, Four Lakes: Frances Plaza Water Feature, Living for the Dream, and Geometric Round Window, among others.

Restaurants & Shopping

Madison, Restaurants & Shopping

Forequarter is run by the Underground Food Collective. This bar and restaurant serves fresh vegetables, meats and local ingredients. They also have an unbeatable craft cocktail list that you should try. Then you have Heritage Tavern, which is a high-end tavern that features chicken, pork, beef, and vegetarian dishes from chef Dan Fox. The pork here comes from pigs that Fox raises. The craft cocktails here are to die for. You will also appreciate the fact that their menu changes regularly.

L'Etoile gives you a fine twist on American favorites. The food, prepared by James Beard Awardee Tory Miller, is top notch, as is the wine list and the craft cocktail. If you are looking for French food, this is also the place to go. Then you have the oddly named A Pig in a Fur Coat where you could get the best Mediterranean food in the city, with special emphasis on Italian, Spanish and French flavors.

Meanwhile Nostrano gives you great Italian food while eating inside a historic building constructed in the 1910s.

You will also love Lombardino's, an old local favorite that gives you great Italian dishes. This is where you could get some of the most delicious pasta, beef, pork and seafood dishes in town. Do order the Pizza Lombardino here. You could go to Restaurant Muramoto for some great Asian fusion food, or Harvest for some new twists on classic American, Italian and French dishes.

If you want to impress, chow down on the steaks at Tornado Steakhouse, while Grampa's Pizzeria is a great choice for the some of the world's best pizzas.

Other great restaurants here are:

  • Alchemy
  • Banzo
  • Good Food
  • Graze
  • La Taguara
  • Salvatore's Tomato Pies
  • The Old Fashioned

Shopping. The first place you should go to is West Towne Mall. This was the first enclosed shopping mall in the area, having been opened in the 1970s. Today it has more than 110 stores and restaurants in more than 915,000 sq. ft. of space. It is anchored by Boston Store, JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Sears. Or you can go to East Towne Mall, with more than 115 retailers and restaurants in more than 839,000 sq. ft of space. You can also go to Hilldale Shopping Center, where you can find more than 50 stores and four anchor-tenants: Target, Macy's, the Sundance 608, and Metcalfe's Market.

You should also check out the shops on State Street or the specialty stores on Monroe. Some of the shops you should not miss:

  • A Room of One's Own Bookstore
  • bad dog frida
  • Chocolaterian Cafe
  • Fannie May Chocolates
  • Little Luxuries
  • Odana Antiques & Fine Arts Center
  • Orange Tree Imports
  • The University Book Store
  • Willow Creek

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Madison, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

If you like to watch sports, then here are some of the city's best sports teams and where they play their home games:

  • Edgewood Eagles plays at the Edgedome
  • Mad Rollin' Dolls plays at the Alliant Energy Center
  • Madison 56ers plays at the Breese Stevens Field
  • Madison Blues plays at the Capitol Ice Arena
  • Madison College Wolfpack plays at the Redsten Gymnasium, Roberts Field
  • Madison Mallards plays at the Warner Park
  • Madison Minotaurs plays at the Yahara Rugby Field
  • Madison Mustangs plays at the Breitenbach Stadium
  • Madison Radicals plays at the Breese Stevens Field
  • Wisconsin Badgers plays at the Camp Randall Stadium, Kohl Center
  • Wisconsin Rugby Club plays at the Wisconsin Rugby Club Sports Complex

Meanwhile, avid golfers would love the golf courses in the city. Choose from:

  • Blackhawk Country Club
  • Cherokee Country Club
  • Glenway Golf Course
  • Maple Bluff Country Club
  • Monona Golf Course
  • Nakoma Golf Club
  • Nine Springs Golf Course
  • Odana Hills Golf Course
  • The Bridges Golf Course
  • Vitense Golfland
  • Yahara Hills Golf Course

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Madison, Historical Sites & Landmarks

The Wisconsin Historical Museum can give you a glimpse of the state's heritage, history and the experiences of people who lived here. You can tour the four-story museum and check out more than 110,000 artifacts, as well as close to 400,000 archaeological artifacts. You could also go to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, where you can find exhibits on the men and women who served in the country's many wars from the Civil War to the modern day.

Madison has 135 districts and properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For one, there are 20 historic districts in the city that you can go to. Get on a bus rental in Madison, Wisconsin and visit these districts to save time and see more historic places. These districts include East Dayton Street Historic District, Edgewood College Mound Group Archeological District, Fourth Lake Ridge Historic District, Lake Farms Archeological District, Marquette Bungalows Historic District, Merrill Springs Mound Group II Archeological District, Orton Park Historic District, Simeon Mills Historic District, West Lawn Heights Historic District, and Wisconsin Memorial Hospital Historic District, among others.

Then you have the houses that are significant because of their history or architectural designs. Some of these houses are:

  • August Cornelius Larson House
  • Bascom B. Clarke House
  • George A. Lougee House
  • Herbert and Katherine Jacobs First House
  • James B. Bowen House
  • John George Ott House
  • Judge Arthur B. Braley House
  • Nathaniel W. Dean House
  • Timothy C. and Katherine McCarthy House
  • William Ellery Leonard House

You also have several churches on the register, including First Church of Christ Scientist, the Old Synagogue, Grace Episcopal Church, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, and University Presbyterian Church and Student Center.

Then you have the historic buildings of the University of Wisconsin: North Hall, Armory and Gymnasium, Dairy Barn, Field House, and Science Hall, as well as Camp Randall, Horticulture and Agricultural Physics and Soil Science Building, Lathrop Hall, Old U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, Hiram Smith Hall and Annex, Stock Pavilion, Washburn Observatory and Observatory Director's Residence, Agricultural Chemistry Building, Agricultural Engineering Building, Agricultural Heating station, and Agriculture Hall.

You should check out the public buildings as well, such as the Wisconsin State Capitol, United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and State Office Building.

Then you have something unique in Madison. Several of the sites listed on the register are effigy mounds that feature effigies of a variety of animals. Check out Blackhawk Country Club Mound Group (47 DA 131), Burrows Park Effigy Mound and Campsite, Charles E. Brown Indian Mounds, Farwell's Point Mound Group, Forest Hill Cemetery Mound Group, Observatory Hill Mound Group, Spring Harbor Mound Group, and Vilas Circle Bear Effigy Mound and the Curtis Mounds, among others.

Then there are the schools (Lincoln School and Longfellow School), hotels (Belmont Hotel, Cardinal Hotel, Fess Hotel, Hotel Loraine, and Hyer's Hotel), and boathouses (Bernard-Hoover Boathouse and Brittingham Park Boathouse). Other historic sites here include:

  • American Tobacco Company Warehouses Complex
  • Badger State Shoe Company
  • Fire Station No. 4
  • Forest Products Laboratory
  • Madison Gas and Electric Company Powerhouse
  • Madison Waterworks - Nichols Station
  • McCormick-International Harvester Company Branch House
  • Steinle Turret Machine Company
  • West Madison Depot, Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway
  • Wisconsin Wagon Company Factory

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Madison, Parks & Outdoor Activities

There are around 260 parks in Madison, covering about 6,000 acres of land.

Winnequah Park's Monona Youth Dream Park makes your kids feel like they are inside a real castle, complete with a dragon sculpture and painted moat. You can also check out the tennis courts, swimming pool, fishing pond, and skate park here.

Did you know that you could have some great snow fun here? Go ice skating at Elver Park, Goodman Park, Heritage Heights Park, Hillington Triangle Park, Nakoma Park, Rennebohm Park, and Vilas Park. Or perhaps you would enjoy the sledding hills at Arbor Hills Park, Berkley Park, Hiestand Park, and Olbrich Park. Further, go snowshoeing at Cherokee Marsh, Edna Taylor Conservation Park, Elvehjem Park, Knollwood Conservation Park, Mineral Point Park, Hoyt Park, and Prairie Ridge Conservation Park.

Dog parks. Check out the 12 off leash and 11 on leash dog parks in the city. Check out Walnut Grove Park, Sycamore Park, Warner Park, Demetral Park, Burr Jones Park, and Glen Oak Hills Park, among others.

Beaches. Madison also have 13 beaches, 10 of which have lifeguards. Be sure to choose from any one of these:

  • BB Clarke Beach
  • Bernies Beach
  • Brittingham Park Beach
  • Esther Beach
  • James Madison Park Beach
  • Marshall Park Beach
  • Olbrich Park Beach
  • Olin Park Beach
  • Spring Harbor Beach
  • St.Vilas Park Beach
  • Tenney Park Beach
  • Warner Park Beach

Biking and hiking. If you like to look at beautiful sceneries while biking and hiking, check out Lake Monona, the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and the UW Madison Campus. And check out the mountain biking trails at Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Blue Mound State Park, the Devil's Lake, Quarry Ridge, Badger Prairie Park, and Cam-Rock Park. And be sure to get on the various trails here including the Capital City Trail, Military Ridge State Trail, and the Sugar River State Trail.

Tennis. There are more than two dozen tennis courts that are open to the public in Madison. If you want to play at night, go to Rennebohm Park and Tenney Park, where you could find lighted courts. Otherwise, choose from Bordner Park, Brittingham Park, Door Creek Park, Huegel Park, Kennedy Park, Nakoma Park, Norman Clayton Park, Odana Hills East Park, and Penn Park, among others.

Water fun. You can go fishing at the B.B. Clarke Beach Park, Blount Street South Street End, Burrows Park, Cherokee Park, Filene Park, Esther Beach Park, Giddings Park, Morrison Park, and Olin Park, among others. Or check out the boat launches at Law Park, MArshall Park, Spring Harbor Park, and Vilas Park. You can also go swimming at the Goodman Pool where you have two water slides, a lap area, diving boards, shallow water areas, and just enough capacity for 1,000 people. The kids will also have fun at the Cypress Spray Park.

Other sports. Then there are other parks here that give you a chance to enjoy different sports. Play bocce at Marlborough Park and Orlando Bell Park, or cricket at Reindahl Park. Then visit the soccer fields at Baxter Park, Elver Park, Garner Park, Glacier Hill Park, Hiestand Park, Lerdahl Park, Manchester Park, Meadowood Park, and Olbrich Park.

Get some volleyball time at Brentwood Park, Edward Klief Park, James Madison Park, Pilgrim Park, Steven Street Park, and Westhaven Trails Park. Penn Park, Vilas Park and Warner Park has football fields, while Acewood Park, Aldo Leopold Park, Arbor Hills Greenway, Baxter Park, Blackhawk Park, Cardinal Glenn Park, Churchill Heights Park, Droster Park, Flad Park, Eken Park, Goodman Park, Haen Family Park, High Crossing Park, Hoyt Park, Honeysuckle Park, Lake Edge Park, Lake View Heights Park, Lucia Crest Park, Maple Prairie Park, and Swallowtail Park all have basketball facilities.

Then you can go to Duane F. Bowman Park and Warner Stadium for some baseball action.

Zoos & Aquariums

Madison, Zoos & Aquariums

Henry Vilas Zoo occupies 28 acres of space and takes care of several animals. The free zoo welcomes more than 750,000 visitors yearly and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animals here include Bornean orangutans, golden lion tamarins, lar gibbons, grizzly bears, harbor seals, lions, American bison, porcupines, white rhinoceroses, polar bears, alligators, turtles, native rattlesnakes, anacondas, ostriches, flamingos, peacocks, and poison arrow frog.

Other Points of Interest

Madison is the home of a variety of music festivals that you can go to. These include the Willy St. Fair, the WORT Block Party, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, Atwood Summerfest, 94.1 WJJO's Band Camp, Reverence electronic music festival, Folk Ball, the Isthmus Jazz Festival, Greekfest, FĂȘte de Marquette, the Orton Park Festival, Waterfront Festival, the Madison World Music Festival, and the National Women's Music Festival.

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