It's OK to show off on Instagram. In fact, we fully support it. Madison is a beautiful city full of nature, art, beauty and culture. The sites are practically begging for you to post pictures of them. Step up your Instagram game with these top Instagrammable spots. 


1. Wisconsin State Capitol 

Whether you’re enjoying a birds-eye view from the rooftop bar of AC Hotel Madison Downtown, taking in the skyline from scenic Picnic Point, or admiring the decorative dome inside, the Capitol building is a must-see. 

Pro tip: Visit in the Spring when the Capitol Square is flooded with colorful tulips.

2. Public Art

Madison is vibrant, as evidenced by our dozens of murals each reflecting the community they reside in. Some favorites include Madison Mural Alley on the city's east side, the 608 mural at Hilldale Shopping Center, and the underwater-themed artwork at Burnie’s on Park Street.

Pro Tip: Find an expanded list of public art in Madison here

3. Bucky on Parade

You can’t visit Madison without snapping a quick selfie with a Bucky! While the Parade is officially over, Bucky statues can still be found throughout the Greater Madison area including at The Edgewater Hotel, Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Vitense Golfland and University Book Store on State Street. Use #buckyonparade to connect with thousands of other fans.

Pro tip: For the full list of locations, go to

4. Memorial Union Terrace

You simply did not go to Madison if you didn't snap some pics on the terrace. The lakeside oasis offers several dining options, beer, locally-made Babcock ice cream you can enjoy while sitting on the iconic sunburst chairs.

Pro tip: Make sure to sneak the glittering water of Lake Mendota in the background of your pics.

5. Thai Pavilion and Gardens at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The ornate and majestic Thai Pavilion stands in stark contrast of the lush greenery at Olbrich Gardens. Opt for wide shots to capture the full pavilion or get up close to feature the delicate gold leaf etchings and intricate decoration. 

Pro tip: Get stunning photos all year long at the indoor Bolz Conservatory


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