Things to Do in Madison, WI
There are plenty of attractions, events, and things to do in Madison, WI when winter whips into town. From ice fishing hot spots to the best places for a fish fry, we are your resource for a wonderful winter experience.
Celebrating the Winter Season
A beautiful, serene backdrop is created when our lakes freeze and the hills are covered in snow—perfect conditions for your Madison visit. Our natural environment is home to amazing ice fishing, sledding, skating, skiing, and snowboarding. There are many winter sports options, and our Madison Winter Wonderland itinerary will give you ideas of things to do from dawn to dusk. Come see why Madison ranks as "a road trip that will make you glad it's winter."
Madison Winter Festival
One of the highlights of the winter season is the Madison Winter Festival, held February 15-16, 2014. Over ninety truckloads of snow transform the Capitol Square into a race and recreational venue, with family-oriented activities such as snow and ice sculpting, sled hill rides, snowshoeing, and more. Bring the whole family (even the dog!) and experience a winter wonderland like no other.
Must-See Winter Attractions
The award-winning Madison Children's Museum and the historic Cave of the Mounds are just the tip of the iceberg when considering great family attractions in Madison. Our city is also home to an amazing arts and culture scene, featuring "museum mile," which stretches from the capitol to the UW-Madison campus. Shopping is also a wonderful winter idea, with local shops lining State Street, and indoor malls featuring some of the best brand-name stores.
Any Time You Visit Madison
Year-round, you're encouraged to explore the many exceptional attractions in the Madison area, from the natural beauty at the Arboretum to the free Henry Vilas Zoo. If sports and recreation are more your speed, take in the excitement of a Badger game, or get active and discover the many trails the area has to offer for biking, hiking, running and more! Then, kick back and relax with a day at the spa or a night out on the town.