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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Farmers' Market Season Opens!

The award-winning Dane County Farmers' Market has been a Madison tradition since 1972. With approximately 270 members, the DCFM provides the best of each season's bounty.
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Announcing Downtown Doors 2019

Downtown Doors is an outdoor gallery on in the heart of the Madison, WI.
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Madison Night Market Set for 2019

It isn't summer yet, but we're gearing up for another great run of night markets.
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Tours & Places to See

An updated list of tours and unique places to see while visiting Downtown Madison
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Arts, Culture & Museums

An updated list of museums, galleries, arts centers, performance spaces and unique places in Downtown Madison
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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.

Between Lake Mendota and Langdon Street, between Memorial Union and the Red Gym, you’ll find a place that celebrates the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its graduates.

Not only does Alumni Park give graduates, students, and visitors of all kinds a beautiful spot to enjoy, but it also tells the stories of the university and its alumni and the ways they’ve changed the world.

Public access parking lot.

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

The newly renovated Park Hotel stands as 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

Destination Madison is dedicated to creating economic impact through tourism. The effects of our “invisible industry” benefit everyone living in Dane County in key areas including jobs, community services and quality of life.

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.

Lowell Center, The
610 Langdon

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

Madison Children's Museum
100 N Hamilton

Fun for children of all ages; hands-on exhibits, creative projects and special events.

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

Independently owned hotel near the State Capitol, State Street and UW Campus. Madison's largest convention hotel.

Madison's home for modern and contemporary art.

Public access parking garage.

The new Central Library offers expanded facilities plus art exhibits, events, films and hands-on activities for all ages.

Memorial Library
728 State

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

Memorial Union
800 Langdon

The social, cultural and recreational center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Home to the Union Terrace, Der Rathskeller, live events, Daily Scoop Ice Cream, Badger Market, conference rooms, hotel rooms, and more.

A public space and convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Open daily. Rooftop garden, public tours, gift shop, 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.

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.

One of three University of Wisconsin-Extension Conference Centers.

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

Explore 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.

Wisconsin State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr.

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

The Campus Event Services Office (CESO) assists Wisconsin Union members, student organizations and campus departments in planning and coordinating events and campus activities in the Memorial Union, Union South and other campus buildings. It offers event planning; room reservations; food selection, technology and room set-up; and campus facilities and outdoor spaces reservations.

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.