​Living in the Madison Area

Spend a day in our city, and you’ll quickly realize why Madison, Wisconsin is consistently named one of the nation’s top places to live. From arts and cultural venues to unique shopping and dining experiences to Big Ten sports and great outdoor activities, Madison and the surrounding communities offer something for everyone.  

Farmers' Market

Experience the best of Wisconsin produce, baked goods, flowers and cheese at the Dane County Farmers' Market, a Saturday morning tradition on the Capitol square.  The market, just one of several in the area, is the largest producer-only farmer’s market in the nation.

Concerts on the Square

The annual Concerts on the Square series features the music of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.  The series is the summer’s weekly picnic on the Capitol grounds bringing together thousands of loyal fans.

University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin – Madison is one of the nations’ finest research and academic institutions. The University's college football team, the Wisconsin Badgers, has earned national acclaim.  Camp Randall and the Kohl Center are home to some of the most exciting events in college sports.

Biking and Hiking

In and around Madison, there are more than 200 miles of scenic trails for biking and hiking enthusiasts.


The Madison area offers endless shopping opportunities – from bookstores and galleries to locally owned boutiques and shopping malls.

Museums and Historical Sites

  • Chazen Museum of Art
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Wisconsin Veterans Museum
  • State Historical Museum
  • Governor’s Mansion


  • Brittingham Park and Beach
  • Elver Park
  • Governor Nelson State Park
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Warner Park

Cultural Centers

  • Overture Center for the Arts
  • Barrymore Theatre
  • Orpheum Theatre

Educational Excellence

Madison and the surrounding communities are well known for providing outstanding educational opportunities for children in grades K-12. 

  • Madison high school students enroll in more advanced courses than high school students from elsewhere in the state. 
  • Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) students perform 13% higher than the U.S. average on the ACT college entrance exam.
  • MMSD has more than seven times the number of National Merit Scholar semifinalists when compared to districts of similar size.

Explore The Madison Area

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