100 Madison Wisconsin Area Attractions and Things To Do


Madison Wisconsin attractions and things to do in the Madison area of South Central WI and Southern Wisconsin - stay longer and enjoy more of Madison, the area and beautiful Wisconsin.


Aldo Leopold Nature Center (15 miles SW to Cameo Rose) - Madison - ALNC connects people to the outdoors through hands-on and guided experiences and special events. 


Alliant Energy Center (14SW) – Madison - Includes several facilities for a variety of sporting events, concerts and entertainment. 

 

American Players Theatre (48SE) - Spring Green - APT is an 1148 seat outdoor Shakespearean theater plus a 201 seat indoor classical theater. 


Antiques and Crafts - Antique stores and antique malls are available throughout the Madison area in Madison, Middleton, Columbus, Wisconsin Dells and other communities.

 

Art Fair on the Square (15SW) - The Art Fair On The Square features artists from all over the United States for two days every July. There is also an Art Fair Off The Square on Martin Lurther King Jr. Blvd. at the same time. 


BIKE TRAILS: 

Badger State Trail (1E) - Trail extends 41 miles from Madison to the Illinois state line and to the Jane Adams Trail in Illinois. The trail is blacktopped from just north of Cameo Rose near Purcell Road to the Capitol City Trail near Madison.

Capital City State Trail - About 8 miles from our inn via the Badger Trail North. Trail runs east of Verona along the southern edge of Madison for about 9.5 miles.

Cheese Country Trail(28NE) Monroe WI Cheese Country Bike Trail meanders 47 miles to Mineral Point. 

Glacial Drumlin Trail - 52-mile Glacial Drumlin bike trail runs east from Cottage Grove to Waukesha. 

Military Ridge State Trail (6S) - 41-mile trail follows an old 1855 military trail from Fitchburg to Dodgeville. 

Sugar River State Trail - near New Glarus, this 23-mile trail goes to Monticello, Albany and Brodhead, WI.


Birding At Cameo Rose - "We enjoyed walking your grounds. Birding was fabulous. One day yielded Eastern bluebirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, turkey vulture, red-railed hawks, wild turkeys, catbirds, red-bellied woodpecker, tree swallows; and the common birds - red-winged blackbirds, gold finches, field and chirping sparrows, cardinals, crows, mourning doves." - Sue & Roger, birders, Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. An Eagle sometimes visits for hunting our fields.


Blue Mounds State Park (22SE) - Blue Mounds - 1,153-acre park with the two tallest hills in Southern Wisconsin offers camping, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking (both double and single track), picnicking, swimming, tower views.


Botham Vineyards and Winery (25 miles SE to Cameo Rose) Go for wine tasting and buy their wines. 


Bottoms State Natural Area(23SE) - Mazomanie - The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway is a natural area consisting of 3,550 acres located in Dane County 2 miles North of Mazomanie on County Hwy Y and 3 miles south of Sauk City on Hwy 78. 


Camp Randall Stadium (15SW) - Madison Campus football stadium - capacity is 80,321. It hosts UW - Madison football games, outdoor concerts, Drum Corps International.


Canoeing:  Launch your canoe or canoe rental on the Sugar River just North of the Cameo Rose behind the Montrose Town Hall building in Paoli. Rent canoes at Sugar River Sports, 7008 Little Lakes Rd. Belleville, WI - (608) 424-6045.


Capital Brewery (15SW) - Famous lager beers - Named the #1 Brewery in America at the 1998 Beverage Testing Institute's World Beer Championships in Chicago, IL and rated #7 in the world. Gift Haus, a Bier Stube (sampling), Bier Garten.


Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum – (13NE) - Picture 3 floors in a Swiss Bernese mountain chalet built in 1937 in New Glarus filled with the unique collections.For Tours call 608-527-2095 or 1-800-527-6838. 

 

Chazen Museum of Art (14 miles SW to Cameo Rose) - UW - Madison campus museum  preserves, interprets and exhibits works of art of ancient time to the present and offers educational programs, museum shop. 


Circus World Museum (52S) - Located on the original Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters in Baraboo. Explore Circus World Museum, watch Circus Performances, enjoy circus animals and rides, see the world's largest Circus Wagon Collection. 

 

Crane Foundations (ICF) – (58S) - Baraboo, WI 53913 USA Phone: 608-356-9462 x101 - Preserves a future for all the World crane species. Programs stress the interdependence between wildlife, their habitats and people. 


Cross-Country Skiing - Cameo Rose has miles of private trails for guests to cross-country ski. See also Bike Trails above.


Dane County Fair – Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI - Showcases the achievements of Dane County's youth involved in 4-H, FFA and other youth organizations, plus Carnival Rides, entertainment, food stands. 


Daytrips - Take a day trip to Southwest WI or Southeast WI from the Cameo Rose.

 

Devils Head Ski Hills - Merrimac - Located in the Baraboo Bluffs - A preferred ski area of Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. The Vertical Rise is 500 feet. There are 30 gentle, long, wide and steep runs. The Longest Run is 1 1/2 miles. 

 

Devils Lake State Park.  (51S) - Prettiest State Parks in Wisconsin offers spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, lake, 2 large sandy beaches, boating, climbing, cross country ski trails, fishing, hunting and more. 

 

Edgewood College (14SW) - Madison - Liberal arts college helping students enjoy great opportunities for learning. 

 

Epic Systems - (8S) - Incredible Campus for Medical software company for health care organizations.

 

Executive Mansion- (21SW) - 99 Cambridge Road, Madison WI - Southern classical revival home that has housed Wisconsin governors and their families since 1949. Call (608) 246-5501.

 

Fireside Dinner Theatre (43W) - Fort Atkinson - One of the Midwest's most popular theaters. Every show is worthwhile.  


Fishing (1E) - See Sugar River Sports - 7008 Little Lakes Rd, Belleville (5 minutes from the inn) - 608-424-6045. 


Folklore Village. - (31 mile east to Cameo Rose) - Nationally recognized folk arts and culture center.

 

GOLF near the Cameo Rose: Argue-ment Golf Course (7N) - Bergamont Golf Course (8W) - Edelweiss Chalet Country Club (12NE) - Foxboro (9SW) - Hawks Landing Golf Club (7S) - University Ridge Golf Course (9S)

 

Governor Dodge State Park (42E) - 5000 acres of driftless bluffs, hilltops, plants, rock outcroppings, valley views, a waterfalls, wildlife and Cox Hollow Lake. You can bicycle, boat, camp, fish, hike, horseback ride, picnic, snowmobile and swim. 

 

Green County Cheese Days (28S) - Monroe - Oldest cheese fest in the Midwest celebrates Swiss heritage, cheese-making and dairy farm history on Monroe's Historic Courthouse Square. Taste cheese, polka, yodel, visit a dairy farm or cheese factory. Enjoy live music, Swiss entertainment, cuisine and Cheese Days Parade. 

 

Heidi Festival and Taste of New Glarus - Events or Festivals (14NE) - New Glarus - 3 day Heidi Festival celebrates performances of Johanna Spyri's classic play and Swiss heritage with an art and craft fair, polka music and folk dancing, flag-throwing and yodeling. 

 

HORSE AND SLEIGH RIDES - Call Cornerstone Carriages, Amy Meyer, owner, at 608-516-6059 - Pardeeville, north of Madison offer rides in Paoli in December. OR  Rocking L Acres - Located 5 miles SE of Madison near McFarland. 

 

House On The Rock (48SE) -  Spring Green - Most unique house and other buildings filled with builder Alex Jordon's collections of antique dolls, guns, music machines and much more. 

 

Ice Age Trail ( 1mile east to Cameo Rose) - The 1000-mile trail runs from St Croix Falls to Madison to Janesville to Whitewater to and Door County and tells the story of the Ice Age along a scenic footpath.

 

Institutes For Discovery (15SW) - Madison  - Private-public partnership between the private and nonprofit Morgridge Institute for Research dedicated to improving human health by accelerating scientific discovery to patient. 

 

Institutes For Medical Research (15SW) - University of Wisconsin medical and health programs designed to allow researchers to work with other scientists from other disciplines to address urgent health problems of common concern.

 

Kohl Center (15SW) - Madison - Seats over 17,000 for men's and women's basketball, approximately 14,000 for hockey, and between 15,000 and 17,000 for concerts. 

 

Lake Mendota (15SW) - Madison - Lake Mendota has been called the most studied lake in the United States with the UW - Madison limnology department located on its southern shore. It is the largest of the four lakes near Madison, Wisconsin. 

 

Lake Monona (15SW) - The 2nd-largest of the four lakes in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. The City of Madison surrounds the lake on three sides with the City of Monona on the south side. 

 

Lake Wisconsin (47S) - Merrimac - The heart of the Wisconsin River Valley offering area vacation opportunities including excellent fishing, boating water and winter sports amidst some of the Midwest's greatest scenery. 

 

Mackenzie Environmental Center (48S) - Poynette - Diverse environmental education center, 250 acres of prairie and forest land, outdoor experiences, live wildlife exhibits, nature trails, museums, wildlife exhibit, arboretum, logging exhibit.

 

Madison College (14SW) - MATC offers Madison are technical, business, health care programs and college transfer courses at two Main Madison Locations at Downtown and Truax (East).

 

Madison Dane County Airport - MSN (24SW) - 4000 International Lane Madison, WI 53704. Phone: 608-246- 3380. Arrivals, Departures, Parking Info online. Over 85 commercial flights depart and arrive daily.

 

Madison WI Downtown (14SW) - Downtown Madison Wisconsin offers the arts, culture, farmers' market, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, the State Capitol and tours, and State Street shops and stores. 

 

Madison Farmers Market (14SW) - Madison - Largest producer-only farmers' market in the country and one of the oldest and best farmers' market in the nation. Offers about 300 vendors on Saturdays with produce, bakery, meats, flowers, plants... . 

 

MADISON WI SKING - Rent ski at Fontana Sports - West - Phone 1-800-257-7666 or 608-8333-9191.

Downhill Ski at Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area (20E) Mt Horeb.  

Devils Head WI Ski (45S) near Merrimac.  

Cascade Mountain ski hill (45S) near Portage, WI.

 

Madison WI Snowshoeing: Overnight guests may snowshoe on our miles of private snowshoe trails plus on the nearby Badger Bike Trail (1/2 mile from inn's driveway), Military Ridge Bike Trail (6 miles north), Sugar River Bike Trail (13 miles). Cameo Rose rents for overnight guests - $20 first day, $10 each day after first.

 

Madison WI State Street - A a pedestrian mall from the Wisconsin State Capitol to the University of Wisconsin with unique restaurants, shops and the Overture Center for the Arts.

 

Memorial Coliseum (14SW) - Madison - A prime venue provides space for concerts, consumer shows, conventions, large events, sporting events, staged performances and trade shows. 

 

Merrimac Free Ferry (33S) - Ferries people and cars across the scenic Wisconsin River.

 

Michael Feldman Whad'Ya Know? Radio Show (14SW) - Madison - Broadcasts live from the Monona Terrace. 

 

Midwest Horse Fair (14SW) - Madison - One of the top 3-day Horse Fairs in America held at the Alliant Energy Center.

 

Milton House Museum (37SE) – Milton - An 1844 hexagonal stagecoach inn and considered the oldest building of its type in the U.S. Its' basement and tunnel served as one of 14 stops along the Underground Railroad.

 

Minhas Craft Brewery (28N) - Monroe, WI - The Old Huber Brewery has been modernized and expanded and offers one of the tours and best Brewery Museum in America.

 

Monona Terrace (14SW) - Designed by the renowned architect - Frank Lloyd Wright and serves Madison and Dane County WI as a convention center. It overlooks Lake Monona and accents the State Capitol building. 

 

Monroe WI Balloon Rally (28N) - Monroe - Spectators get your cameras and snap photos of a sky full of colorful balloons usually held on Fathers Day weekend at the Green County fairgrounds.

 

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (CR is 15 miles SW) - 51,500 square feet of space for exhibitions, study, presentation, and conservation of modern and contemporary art, 230-seat lecture hall, a Rooftop Garden and restaurant.

 

National Mustard Museum (14S) - Middleton, WI offers 5,000 jars and tubes of mustard from 50 states and 60 countries, gift shop, Poupon U college and Gourmet Foods Emporium to taste and take home many of these world famous mustard.


New Glarus Brewing Company (13NE) - New Glarus - World-class beers, new and expanded "Hilltop" facility is fantastic and offers Hard-Hat tours and self-guided tours.

 

New Glarus Woods (13NE) - New Glarus - 411-acre state park offers camping, hiking, picnicking and snowshoeing with access to The Sugar River State Trail by nearby road. 

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens (18SW) - Madison - 16 acres of gardens, a Rose Garden, Thai Pavilion, Sunken Garden, Perennial Garden, the Bolz Conservatory filled with exotic tropical plants, orchids, other flowers, birds and waterfall. 

 

Overture Center of The Arts (15SW) - Madison - Performing arts center by Architect Cesar Pelli includes Overture Hall - a 2,251-seat performance hall, Capitol Theater 1,100-seat theater, The Playhouse.


Pendarvis Historic Site (45E) -  Preserves Cornish heritage and an early settlement by highly-skilled Cornish immigrant miners who were lured to Mineral Point at the discovery of lead in the early 1800's. 

 

Primrose Winery (13NE) - New Glarus - Taste wines and enjoy the gift shop located in a historic building in New Glarus Wisconsin.

 

Rotary Botanical Gardens (38NW) - Jnesville - Offers educational opportunities, visitor center, a gift shop, and a horticultural showcase of 20 acres of themed garden areas. 

 

Sugar River Trail (13NE) - 23-mile National Scenic and Recreational Trail that runs from New Glarus (Little Switzerland) to Monticello, Albany and to Brodhead, WI. 

 

Swiss Historical Village (13NE) - New Glarus - Museum displays the founding of New Glarus in 1845, early Swiss life in a complex of 14 preserved or showcase buildings, gift shop. 

 

Syttende Mai Festival (18W) - Stoughton - Celebrates Norwegian independence with numerous events, art fair, quilt show, colorful costumes, folk dancing, Norwegian parade, Norwegian foods...

 

Taliesin (53SE) - Spring Green, WI - Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's home  incorporating the harmony of nature and surrounding environment into his buildings. 

 

Taste of Madison (15SW) Madison - On the Capitol Square food items from over 65 restaurants and three stages of entertainment for an estimated 175,000 attendees. Admission is free. 

 

Tower Hill State Park (40SE) Baraboo - Offers panoramic views of the Wisconsin River, 2 miles of hiking trails, upland forests - 175-foot Cambrian sandstone cliff with a lead shot tower and smelter house. 

 

Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area (22SE) - Mount Horeb - Downhill skiing, ski lodge, snow boarding. 

 

Uplands - The most beautiful part of Southwestern Wisconsin. Uplands refers to the Driftless area of WI left untouched by the glaciers from the Cameo Rose to the Western edge of the Mississippi River. 

 

UW Arboretum (15SW) - Madison - 1260 acres restored prairies, forests and wetlands plus plantings of flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. 

 

UW Geology Museum (15SW) - Madison - History and exhibits, rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin and sea creatures, dinosaur specimens...

 

University of Wisconsin - Madison (15SW) - Babcock Hall Dairy Store - Our famous ice cream and dairy store on campus! - UW Hospital, Health, Clinic, and other attractions listed on this page.

 

Wisconsin Union (15SW) - Social center activities, events, recreational and world-class performances. The Union also offers films, lectures, non-credit, mini courses, music, outdoor recreation programs.  

 

WISCONSIN BREWERIES IN MADISON & SOUTH CENTRAL WI: 

Fitchburg = The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company

Lake Mills  = Tyranena Brewing Company LLC

Madison = Angelic Brewing Company and Great Dane Pub & Brewery Co

Middleton = Capital Brewery Company Inc

Mineral Point = Brewery Creek Brewery Company

Monroe = Minhas Craft Brewery

Mount Horeb = Grumpy Troll Brew Pub

New Glarus = New Glarus Brewing Company  

Verona = Wisconsin Brewing Company

Wisconsin Dells = Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Company.

 

WISCONSIN FALL FOLIAGE COLOR:

Top 10 Fall foliage and color in Wisconsin - Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn Bed and Breakfast  ~ 

Badger Trail and Ice Age Trail ~ Blue Mounds State Park ~ Cave of the Mounds - Devil's Lake State Park ~ Wollersheim WineryMerrimac Free Ferry ~ New Glarus - America's Little Switzerland 

Wisconsin Dells ~ Yellowstone Lake State Park.  

 

Wisconsin Historical Museum (15SW) - Madison Capitol Square - Offers artifacts, full-scale dioramas, photographs, audio-visual presentations, interactive multimedia programs. over 110,000 historical objects and nearly 400,000 archaeological artifacts documenting the history of Wisconsin. 

 

Wilhelm Tell Festival (13NE) - New Glarus, WI - Offers English and German performances of the Wilhelm Tell Drama - the story of Wilhelm Tell, the Swiss national hero, plus Swiss history and a little myth, creates this greatest of all Swiss plays and legends. 

 

Wisconsin State Capitol (15SW) - Madison, WI - The Madison site was chosen and building built in 1838 and replaced in 1863. A fire left the second Madison Capitol badly damaged and a new Capitol built between 1906 and 1917 at a cost of $7.25 million. 

 

The Wisconsin Union Theater (15SW) - Madison UW Campus - Part of the Memorial Union building. You can rent the Theater for your events. 

 

Wisconsin Veterans Museum (15SW) - The 10,000-square-foot museum is located across the street from the State Capitol. Instructive exhibits highlight important military events in Wisconsin history.

 

WISCONSIN WINERIES - Visit these South Central WI Wineries and Vineyards:

Barneveld = Botham Vineyards & Winery

Highland - Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery,

New Glarus Primrose Winery 

Prairie du Sac = Wollersheim Winery - (37SE) - Award winning winery rests along a scenic Wisconsin River hillside. This winery is the largest winery in Wisconsin. 

 

World Dairy Expo (14SW) - International meeting of the world dairy industry in 5 days of showcasing animal health supplies, feeding products, forage handling, manure equipment, milking systems, new technologies and genetic research.

 

Yellowstone Lake State Park (37NE) - Blanchardville - A 455-acre lake, 968-acre park adjoining 4050 acres of wildlife habitat and cropland. Ideal for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking trails, water recreation.