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1308 West Dayton St.
Union South, Suite 329
Madison, WI 53715

Allen Centennial Gardens, Northwest corner of Observatory and Babcock drives, 608-576-2501 (Ed Lyon, Garden Director)

Created on the 2.5-acre site of a historic Victorian home, 22 magnificent gardens represent gardening styles from around the world. Stroll among more than 1,400 plants labeled by their scientific and common names. Visit between dawn and dusk.

Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, 608-263-7888

This 1,240-acre outdoor ecology laboratory provides examples of major plant communities in the Midwest. The UW-Madison Arboretum pioneered the concept of ecological restoration – restoring land to the state it was in before settlers. Enjoy miles of hiking and cross country ski trails. The Visitor Center is open between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekends.

Armory and Gymnasium (Red Gym), 716 Langdon Street, 608-263-2400

Dedicated in 1894 by university president Charles Adams as a structure “built to endure for all time,” the Red Gym was both a training facility for citizen militia and a student center for recreation, sports, and social and cultural events. In 1993, the building was named a National Historic Landmark. Today the carefully restored and historically preserved Red Gym serves a new, adaptive role as a student center. Stop by the Red Gym between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to visit public areas of the building on your own, or see more with a 30-minute guided tour, available by reservation only.

Babcock Hall Dairy Plant and Store, 1605 Linden Drive, 608-262-3045

Purchase the university’s homemade ice cream, milk, and cheese. Weekdays before noon, watch the dairy production plant in action. Visit between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The store is open until 5:30 p.m. on home football Saturdays.

Camp Randall, 1440 Monroe Street, (608) 262-1866

Camp Randall Stadium, built in 1917, is the home for Wisconsin's football team. The current capacity (80,321) ranks among the nation's largest school-owned stadiums.

Capitol Square, Entrances at State St, Wisconsin Avenue, N. Hamilton St, E. Washington St, King St, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, S. Hamilton St, and W. Washington St.

The streets & land surrounding the State Capitol Building in downtown Madison. Tours of the State Capitol can be scheduled online at

Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Avenue, 608-263-2246

One of the nations leading university art museums, the Chazen (formerly Elvehjem) houses a permanent collection of 16,000 works of art dating from 2300 BC to present day. Admission is free. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is close Mondays and holidays.

Design Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1st Floor,  608-262-8815

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery holds exhibitions that relate to the processes and results of design and creates a visible entity for the Center for Integrative Design. The Center provides a hub for research, education and outreach by bringing together the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Design Gallery and Ruth Ketterer Harris Library, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs in Design Studies. They are located in the new Nancy Nicholas Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology.

Geology Museum, 1215 West Dayton Street, 608-262-1412

With its reconstructed dinosaurs, huge mastodon skeleton, colorful mineral samples, a six-foot rotating globe and a walk-through model of a Wisconsin limestone cave, the Geology Museum has long been a favorite of both kids and adults. Visit between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. There is free admission during these times. Guided tours are available by reservation.There are two parking garages within four blocks Lot 7 and Lot 17. Lot 54 is open on all Saturdays, except when there are home footballs games.

Kohl Center, 601 West Dayton Street, 608-263-5645 (263-KOHL)

One of the country’s most highly regarded collegiate arenas, the $76 million Kohl Center is the home of Badger basketball, men's hockey, state tournaments, concerts, family shows and university events. Stop by the Kohl Center 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to visit public areas of the building, or see more with a 45-minute guided tour, available with a reservation. Drop-in tours are available at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, 608-265-3000 

The Memorial Union is the heart and soul of the campus and is a gathering place for people of all ages and backgrounds. Catch live music and entertainment year-round in the Rathskeller or on the Union Terrace. Memorial Union’s breathtaking lakeside location makes it a favorite campus spot.  

*The East Wing and Central Core of Memorial Union are currently closed for the MU Reinvestment Final Phase

State Street

A pedestrian mall located in downtown near the State Capitol. The road extends from the west corner Capitol square (at the corners of Carroll and Mifflin Streets) westward to Lake Street, adjoining the Library Mall.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street,  (608) 316-4300

A visionary public-private partnership that is creating two world-class biomedical research institutes. Its partners include donors John and Tashia Morgridge, the state of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

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