Guidebook for Madison

James
Guidebook for Madison

Arts & Culture

Best movie theater in town. Owned by Robert Redford. Rooftop cafe is a fun place to get a meal before seeing a flick.
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AMC Madison 6
430 N Midvale Blvd
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Best movie theater in town. Owned by Robert Redford. Rooftop cafe is a fun place to get a meal before seeing a flick.
Fantastic free museum with 4 levels and 4 galleries of rotating art.
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Chazen Museum of Art
800 University Ave
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Fantastic free museum with 4 levels and 4 galleries of rotating art.
Great restaurants, climbing wall, movie theater. open to the public.
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Union South
1308 W Dayton St
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Great restaurants, climbing wall, movie theater. open to the public.

Drinks & Nightlife

One of my favorite restaurants in town. Very reasonably priced, great weekend brunch, beer selection, and the best gluten free menu around.
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Jacs Dining and Tap House
2611 Monroe Street
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One of my favorite restaurants in town. Very reasonably priced, great weekend brunch, beer selection, and the best gluten free menu around.
Incredible beer selection and great food.
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Brasserie V
1923 Monroe St
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Incredible beer selection and great food.
Need a nearby late night burger? these guys have been featured on the travel channel. The local watering hole.
Village Bar
3801 Mineral Point Rd
Need a nearby late night burger? these guys have been featured on the travel channel. The local watering hole.
One of, if not the best Friday fish fry in town.
Avenue Club and The Bubble Up Bar
1128 E Washington Ave
One of, if not the best Friday fish fry in town.
The "Piano Bar" - Live piano and jazz every Thursday - Saturday. Definitely worth a visit.
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The Robin Room
821 East Johnson Street
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The "Piano Bar" - Live piano and jazz every Thursday - Saturday. Definitely worth a visit.
Great local, quality food served late into the evening. Live music daily. Fantastic cocktail menu.
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Merchant Madison
121 S Pinckney St
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Great local, quality food served late into the evening. Live music daily. Fantastic cocktail menu.
Best selection of beer in town. Great brunch if you can get seated. And ask about their private room if you have a party of 6 or more, its fun and cozy.
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The Coopers Tavern
20 W Mifflin St
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Best selection of beer in town. Great brunch if you can get seated. And ask about their private room if you have a party of 6 or more, its fun and cozy.

Everything Else

Rent boats, paddleboards, hang out in the park, or take a walk at the extensive nature trails along lake Wingra.
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Wingra Boats
824 Knickerbocker St
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Rent boats, paddleboards, hang out in the park, or take a walk at the extensive nature trails along lake Wingra.
My favorite Yoga studio in town
Inner Fire Yoga
5003 University Ave
My favorite Yoga studio in town
Wonderful park just a couple blocks away. Nature trails, pavilion, firepits, playground.
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Hoyt Park
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Wonderful park just a couple blocks away. Nature trails, pavilion, firepits, playground.
Most beautiful indoor/outdoor gardens in Madison. The indoor bio-dome is a must see if visiting madison. It's a tropical paradise with many weekly events.
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave
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Most beautiful indoor/outdoor gardens in Madison. The indoor bio-dome is a must see if visiting madison. It's a tropical paradise with many weekly events.
The center of Art and Entertainment in madison. From small showcases, to big name acts. There's multiple theaters/shows daily.
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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State St
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The center of Art and Entertainment in madison. From small showcases, to big name acts. There's multiple theaters/shows daily.
The most modern, impressive building on the UW-Madison campus. There's an indoor biodynamic ecosystem, as well as a 3 star cafe. Plenty to explore here. Look online for daily events.
Discovery Building
330 N Orchard St
The most modern, impressive building on the UW-Madison campus. There's an indoor biodynamic ecosystem, as well as a 3 star cafe. Plenty to explore here. Look online for daily events.
Another great park and place for spectacular views of downtown Madison and the Capitol. A great place to bar-b-cue, picnic or launch a boat.
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Olin Park
1156 Olin-Turville Ct
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Another great park and place for spectacular views of downtown Madison and the Capitol. A great place to bar-b-cue, picnic or launch a boat.
Often overlooked, this beautiful park in the middle of a residential neighborhood features historic oak trees framing an ancient indian burial mound. Stop here if you visit the zoo.
Bear Mound Park
1525 Vilas Ave
Often overlooked, this beautiful park in the middle of a residential neighborhood features historic oak trees framing an ancient indian burial mound. Stop here if you visit the zoo.
Beautiful 9 hole golf course, fun for both inexperienced to advanced golfers. Great elevations and old oak trees make this course challenging and fun. Mid-day discounts. Check website.
Glenway Golf Course
3747 Speedway Rd
Beautiful 9 hole golf course, fun for both inexperienced to advanced golfers. Great elevations and old oak trees make this course challenging and fun. Mid-day discounts. Check website.
Get your workout on any time of the year. No climbing experience necessary, they provide all equipment and training. Check website for open climbing hours and for specialized classes.
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Boulders Climbing Gym
3964 Commercial Ave
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Get your workout on any time of the year. No climbing experience necessary, they provide all equipment and training. Check website for open climbing hours and for specialized classes.
Experience madison's largest park any time of year. Winter ice skate and cross country ski trials. In the summer, play madison's premier disc golf course. Bring your own discs.
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Elver Park
1250 McKenna Boulevard
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Experience madison's largest park any time of year. Winter ice skate and cross country ski trials. In the summer, play madison's premier disc golf course. Bring your own discs.

Food Scene

Great atmosphere, vibe, and food.
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Muramoto Hilldale
546 N Midvale Blvd
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Great atmosphere, vibe, and food.
Authentic dumplings, bao, and other asian treats.
Dumpling Haus
540 N Midvale Blvd
Authentic dumplings, bao, and other asian treats.
GREAT pizza, they deliver, and gluten free options.
Glass Nickel Pizza Co. - Madison West
5003 University Ave
GREAT pizza, they deliver, and gluten free options.
Local coffee hangout
EVP Coffee West
3809 Mineral Point Rd
Local coffee hangout
Quick quality food. Try the eggplant salad. Many vegan/vegetarian/pescetarian options.
fit 2 eat
3742 Speedway Rd
Quick quality food. Try the eggplant salad. Many vegan/vegetarian/pescetarian options.
Great place to grab a sundae or shake after, or during a day at Wingra park.
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Michael's Frozen Custard
2531 Monroe St
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Great place to grab a sundae or shake after, or during a day at Wingra park.

Essentials

Top notch grocery store just down the road.
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Whole Foods Market
3313 University Ave
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Top notch grocery store just down the road.
You don't know trader Joe's? gotta google it.
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Trader Joe's
1810 Monroe St
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You don't know trader Joe's? gotta google it.

Shopping

Fun shopping with items from around the world. Great place for gifts.
Art Gecko on Monroe
1725 Monroe St
Fun shopping with items from around the world. Great place for gifts.

Entertainment & Activities

The new neighborhood library
Madison Public Library - Sequoya
4340 Tokay Blvd
The new neighborhood library
One of the best Zoo's in the midwest. Be sure to see the Polar Bears, Penguins, Reptile and Primate houses, as well as the beach outside the zoo at Lake Wingra. Ice skate rentals in the winter.
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Henry Vilas Zoo
702 S Randall Ave
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One of the best Zoo's in the midwest. Be sure to see the Polar Bears, Penguins, Reptile and Primate houses, as well as the beach outside the zoo at Lake Wingra. Ice skate rentals in the winter.
Incredible botanical gardens and native plant areas. Hundreds of acres of nature trails. Check the website for guided tours of the arboretum.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
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Incredible botanical gardens and native plant areas. Hundreds of acres of nature trails. Check the website for guided tours of the arboretum.
Great place to play tennis in the Winter months. Available to the public for a fee. Free outdoor courts if the UW-Tennis team isn't practicing. Call ahead. Also a fun place to watch Collegiate Tennis.
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
1000 Highland Ave
Great place to play tennis in the Winter months. Available to the public for a fee. Free outdoor courts if the UW-Tennis team isn't practicing. Call ahead. Also a fun place to watch Collegiate Tennis.
Watch the famous UW-Madison Marching band practice. Band practices about 4pm-7pm every weekday during the warm months.
UW Marching Band Field
702 Walnut St
Watch the famous UW-Madison Marching band practice. Band practices about 4pm-7pm every weekday during the warm months.
Beautiful park at the end of the Madison Capitol Bike Path. Great for a picnic or dog walking, this park overlooks the Middleton airport. Ask me about dinners at a nearby local organic farm.
Quisling Park
Beautiful park at the end of the Madison Capitol Bike Path. Great for a picnic or dog walking, this park overlooks the Middleton airport. Ask me about dinners at a nearby local organic farm.
Awesome Ski + Snowboard area with a Bunny hill and a half pipe. Great Cozy lodge to warm up in after an afternoon on the slopes! Make sure to check the website for specials and hours.
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Tyrol Basin
3487 Bohn Rd
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Awesome Ski + Snowboard area with a Bunny hill and a half pipe. Great Cozy lodge to warm up in after an afternoon on the slopes! Make sure to check the website for specials and hours.
Public outdoor pool with water slides and other aquatic activities. Check website for hours.
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Goodman Pool
325 W Olin Ave
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Public outdoor pool with water slides and other aquatic activities. Check website for hours.
Kids love the tumbling equipment, trampolines, robe swings and adventure course. Check the website for open gym times.
Madtown Twisters Gymnastics - West
7035 Old Sauk Rd
Kids love the tumbling equipment, trampolines, robe swings and adventure course. Check the website for open gym times.