Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Madison 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.

Wisconsin State Capitol


Actually the state's third Capitol building, this stately structure is a city landmark, resting on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona. It was completed in 1917. Crowned by a dome and a bronze statue, the Capitol also features an...  Read More

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For an enlightening overview of Madison's branch of the University of Wisconsin, visitors may want to embark on a 90-minute walking tour of campus. Well-informed student guides provide information about history, architecture, and university...  Read More

Betty Lou Cruises


You'll have a whole other perspective on Madison when you view it from a motor yacht on Lake Mendota. These popular cruises run throughout the day and evening and feature complete meals and full bar service. They often present lakeside scenery...  Read More



Wisconsin's executive residence, set along the waterfront on Lake Mendota, boasts Classical Revival architecture and rests on almost four acres of landscaped grounds. Lovely garden rooms accentuate the stately structure, which rises three...  Read More



Veterans, in particular, are entranced by this thoughtful museum's displays, which chart our nation's military conflicts and the men and women who served in them. Wisconsin residents are highlighted, of course, and battles from the Civil War to...  Read More



Noah's Ark is the largest outdoor waterpark in the US, at 70 acres. The rides are big and long, and there are a lot of them. To be exact, there are 47 slides, two wave pools, 2 lazy rivers, four interactive playgrounds, the world's only “4D...  Read More

Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park


Mt. Olympus is a resort of truly mythic proportions. The property includes both indoor and outdoor water and theme parks, so you can have a blast no matter what the weather's like. In all, there are 37 slides and six intense roller coasters,...  Read More



Targeting youngsters through age 12, this interactive facility seeks to foster learning and adds in a strong dose of fun that all ages can enjoy. Originally a series of traveling exhibits, the museum now boasts its own space and features...  Read More

Kalahari Water Park


This is the country's largest indoor waterpark. The 125,000 square foot, Africa-themed park has all the thrills of an outdoor park, but on a smaller scale. Nevertheless, you'll find plenty of intensity on rides like the Master Blaster and the...  Read More



Essentially an outdoor learning facility, these gardens occupy 2½ acres surrounding a Victorian Gothic home on the UW-Madison campus. Although they were completed in 1989, the gardens convey the sense of much older landscaping. The site...  Read More