Alliant Energy Center is in just a couple miles away from the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin, and just steps away from the local establishments, nature and architecture that make Madison unique. Experience the city with these Madison moments, all easily accessible from Alliant Energy Center.
Hit the trails in the heart of Madison
Alliant Energy Center is just across the street from Lake Monona and the paths that line it. Enjoy an afternoon walk, a morning run or a leisurely bike ride as you take in the view of the State Capitol, downtown and the lake. Didn’t bring a bike? No worries. Madison Bcycle offers stations of electric bikes for rent across the city. The closest station to Alliant Energy Center is a ten-minute walk at Sheraton Hotel.
Grab a drink at Delta Beer Labdelta beer
Less than a mile from Alliant Energy Center sits Delta Beer Lab, a local craft brewery with the best vibes. With a build-your-own pizza station and a spacious taproom, Delta is a great addition to any trip to Madison. (Bonus: Delta Beer Lab is part of Madison On Tap, a craft beverage trail. Sign up for a free roadmap to 30+ breweries, cideries and distilleries in the Madison-area and enjoy $1 off drafts at Delta.)
Explore nature right in the city
Olin Park and Turville Point Conservation Park are beautiful spacious parks near Alliant Energy Center. Spanning over 45 acres and offering some of the best views of downtown Madison, Olin Park has a beautiful beach area, a soccer field and more. Turville Point is a great spot for a nature walk or hike.
Head to the Capitol Square
A five-minute car ride will take you from Alliant Energy Center to the Capitol Square. The Capitol is free to visit, and free tours are offered daily. Experience the history, art and beauty of the Capitol. If you’re here in the summer, make sure to head up to the Observation Deck for the best views of downtown Madison. Experience true farm to table fare at downtown restaurants like Heritage Tavern and The Old Fashioned or have a cheese experience like no other at Fromagination. Meander among free museums, like The Wisconsin Veterans Museum or Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. No matter how you chose to spend your time near and on the square, downtown Madison is worth the short drive.
Experience the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
Take the trail (Capital City Trail, to be exact) to get to Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. When you’re at Monona Terrace, you’re at in an architectural dream realized. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed the idea of Monona Terrace in 1938. 59 years later, his vision came to life and Monona Terrace officially opened. The journey of Monona Terrace is documented by an in-house exhibit in the Level 3 Gallery. This exhibit is a great way to gain appreciation for and understanding of such a monumental Madison building. The Wright-inspired gift shop is also a fun Monona Terrace feature.
Grab dinner at Liberty Station
Liberty Station is just a two-minute drive (or an eight-minute walk) from Alliant Energy Center. An expansive menu and hours through an early lunch and late dinner, Liberty Station has something for everyone and can accommodate large groups (please contact Liberty Station ahead of time for options). The menu ranges from shareables like tacos, wings and cheese curds to sandwiches, salads and dinner specials like sirloin steak frites and smoked pork bucatini.
There’s so much to do and see around Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Have fun exploring, eating and connecting in the capital city.