Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Madison to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

The Arboretum


Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers relish this stretch of preserved land. Spread across more than 1200 acres, the arboretum features a variety of terrains, including prairies, savannas, hardwood forests, evergreen forests, marshes, and ponds....  Read More

Spring Green


Tangible evidence of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural genius, this 600-acre complex of structures and landscapes demonstrates Wright's interests in Asian design and organic architecture. In fact, "Taliesin," a nod to Wright's Welsh heritage,...  Read More

Unitarian Meeting House


Given Frank Lloyd Wright's lifelong connection to Madison, it's not surprising that multiple examples of his work can be found in the area. He designed this meeting house in the 1940s and had a particular investment in it, given that his family...  Read More

State Street Walking Tours


Sponsored by the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, this summertime tour series explores one of the city's most notable thoroughfares. Guides direct interested folks along the street, pointing out intriguing architectural features and...  Read More



Endowed by Colonel William Vilas in the early part of the 20th century, this 28-acre zoo is unusual for not charging admission fees (a feature also dictated by Vilas' bequest). Exhibits are easily managed in a few hours time, and include such...  Read More

Geology Museum


Visitors are entranced by treasures the earth has given up at this fascinating museum. Focus is given to Wisconsin finds, including rocks, minerals, and mammal fossils such as giant beavers and mastadons. Remains of smaller, ocean-dwelling...  Read More



This esteemed university museum offers works that date back thousands of years. Collections include furniture, currency, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, and prints. The museum's scope is global, prominently featuring...  Read More

Olbrich Botanical Gardens


Named for Michael Olbrich, a local attorney dedicated to the proliferation of parks and public lands in Madison, this park arose as a result of Olbrich's own personal and financial commitment. Over the years, land was reclaimed and developed...  Read More



For an enlightening overview of Wisconsin and regional history, this museum can't be beat. Spread across four floors are a wealth of information on original Native Americans, fur-trading, immigration, the lumber industry, politics, domestic...  Read More



Named after Wisconsin's most noted conservationist, this center promotes good stewardship of the natural world. Programs to facilitate the goal take place on the complex's twenty acres and include lots of hands-on activities for folks of all...  Read More