Visit Downtown Madison

Set on an isthmus between two scenic lakes, Madison's Central Business District encompasses the heart of downtown Madison, where the famed State Street pedestrian mall links the Capitol Square, seat of Wisconsin state government, to the University of Wisconsin campus.

The central downtown is home to more than 1,500 businesses - from shops, boutiques, and restaurants to financial, law and communications firms - plus museums and cultural destinations.

Stop at the Downtown Visitor Center year-round, for maps, directions and a friendly smile!

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Handmade and Handcrafted 2019

When it comes to gift-giving, it pays to shop — and craft — local. “…Shopping local directly supports your community,” says Kira Rosenstiel, manager of Art Gecko, 510 State Street.
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Your Holiday Traditions Start Downtown

Start your season of celebration in Downtown Madison, WI. Holiday Lights, A Winter Night Market, A Holiday Open House and a Cookie Walk...
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Perfect Fall Day

Here, three individuals with roots in Downtown Madison share what’s on their respective itineraries for a perfect fall day in downtown.
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Take a family-friendly foray in Downtown Madison

Downtown Madison isn’t just for college students and office workers. It’s a welcoming atmosphere for all, children and families included.
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Public access parking garage.

The modern design and earthy ambiance evoke a sense of nature and serenity that will surely sooth the traveler’s mind. Whether you’re enjoying the panoramic views of Madison from the rooftop pool or socializing over handcrafted cocktails in the bar, AC Hotel Madison Downtown is sure to offer you the essential hotel experience.

A place that celebrates the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its graduates, telling the stories of the UW alumni and the ways they’ve changed the world.

Public access parking lot.

(608) 285-8000
parkhotelmadison.com
Certificates accepted here

A reflection of Madison's history and growth as a city, the only hotel on Madison’s Capitol Square, Best Western Premier Park Hotel is an icon of hospitality and a true symbol of downtown Madison.

Block 89 Garage
10 E Doty

Public access parking garage.

Brayton Lot
1 S Butler

City of Madison operated parking lot. Metered.

Buckeye Lot
214 W Gorham

City of Madison operated parking lot. Metered.

City of Madison operated parking garage.

Dane County operated parking garage.

Chazen Museum of Art
750 University

Home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, with permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, education programs and events.

City of Madison Parks
210 Martin Luther King Jr.

City of Madison Parks offices. Offering parks information, lake access, golf courses, events, shelter rentals, and more.

The Wisconsin Union Club Suites welcome you to the heart of campus. Six elegantly appointed and updated rooms are available right in Memorial Union along with stunning views of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union Terrace and iconic UW-Madison landmarks.

Public access parking garage.

Destination Madison
22 E Mifflin

As Greater Madison’s official destination marketing organization, Destination Madison drives economic impact through tourism. We attract leisure visitors, conventions and sporting events to the area, and partner with local businesses to position Madison as one of the world’s most vibrant and innovative places to live, work and visit.

Situated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, we are in walking distance of the vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district, State Street, as well as other downtown attractions. Experience the legendary atmosphere by catching a game at Camp Randall Stadium or cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center.

Open from May into October, the Downtown Madison Info Booth is located where State St. meets the Capitol Square. Offering visitor information, brochures, and answering questions regarding downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Downtown maps, directions, event information, and shopping and dining suggestions. Two locations: Year-round Downtown Visitor Center in Peace Park at 452 State St., and the seasonal Downtown Information Booth (May-Oct.) where State Street meets the Capitol Square.

Public access parking lot.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Government East Garage
215 S Pinckney

City of Madison operated parking garage.

Graduate Madison
601 Langdon
(608) 257-4391
graduatemadison.com
Certificates accepted here

Boutique hotel near State Street and the UW-Madison campus with two food & beverage outlets open to the public, including a rooftop lounge.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Hotel and conference center, connected to Monona Terrace via skywalk.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

A University of Wisconsin-Extension conference & banquet center and hotel.

Madison Children's Museum
100 N Hamilton

A welcoming, imaginative, joyful learning environment that nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity through hands-on exhibits, creative projects and special events.

800-356-8293
www.concoursehotel.com
Certificates accepted here

Independently owned hotel offering guests a special Madison experience through our distinctive customer focus.

An independent organization that exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art to provide transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community.

Public access parking garage.

The recently renovated Central Library offers expanded facilities plus art exhibits, events, films and hands-on activities for all ages including a designated kids area.

Memorial Library
728 State

The principal research facility on the UW-Madison campus for the humanities and social sciences.

Memorial Union
800 Langdon

A visit to Madison is not complete without a visit to Memorial Union, one of the community’s most beloved destinations. Located right on the shore of Lake Mendota, Memorial Union is home to almost daily events and activities as well as multiple on-site dining options to help meet the dining needs of everyone all in one place. Treasured by generations of community members and visitors, Memorial Union is a place to come to socialize, relax, study and be nourished.

A public space and convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright hosting conferences, conventions, art installations, Frank Lloyd Wright history, and community events including yoga, meditation, dancing, and concerts. Open daily with a rooftop garden, public tours, gift shop, and the Lake Vista Cafe.

Monona Terrace Parking
1 John Nolen

Public access parking located at the Monona Terrace.

Ovation 309 Parking
309 W Johnson

Public access parking garage.

Overture Center Garage
318 W Mifflin

City of Madison operated parking ramp.

One of three University of Wisconsin-Extension Conference Centers.

City of Madison operated parking facility.

City of Madison operated parking garage.

City of Madison operated short-term parking stalls. Metered.

Tenney Plaza Garage
142 E Main

Public access parking garage.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

US Bank Plaza Parking
10 S Webster

Public access parking garage.

UW-Madison campus and community information and assistance inside the Memorial Union. Info Desks also available at Union South and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

An independently financed, nonprofit alumni organization for UW-Madison alumni.

Explore four floors of exhibits highlighting Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and a variety of other American history topics. On Madison's Capitol Square.

Society headquarters, library and archives with materials about the history of Wisconsin, the United States and Canada, plus collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Drop-in tours (45-55 min.) start at the Information Desk (inside the central rotunda). Mon.- Sat. at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday) Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reservations requested for groups of ten or more.

Wisconsin State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr.

Serves the legal information needs of state officers and employees, attorneys and the public.

The Wisconsin Union Campus Event Services Office team makes it easy to host your event at some beloved campus locations in Madison, including Memorial Union and Union South. From team meetings and private parties to regional conferences and spectacular weddings – this team has the rooms, food and experience to make your event feel effortless and memorable.

Offering instructive exhibits highlighting important events in Wisconsin military history from the Civil War to the present.

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Downtown Ambassadors

Stop by the Downtown Visitor Center at 452 State St. or our seasonal Downtown Information Booth located at the top of State Street for information, directions and a welcoming smile.