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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, WI

Madison, WI skyline from a distance across a lake at sunrise

Photo credit: Richard Hurd

Madison, Wisconsin

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The changing seasons in many ways define life in Wisconsin, and in Madison we find creative ways to get the most out of each one. Built on an isthmus and surrounded by lakes, Madison blends the city and campus, green spaces and urban areas, to create a place unlike anywhere else. Take a trip around the sun with us and explore for yourself.

Sun setting behind a line of trees over a field of grass during autumn

Photo credit: Steve Mayeshiba

Fall

The sky changes, leaves turn, sweaters come out, and the city is glowing with deep autumn colors. Look for reflections of light on water and golden sunsets. Grab a hot chocolate, and take a walk along the lake or a morning hike through the Arboretum. Be one of 80,000 Badger fans at Camp Randall Stadium. This is a time of change and excitement.

Hit the Trails

Harvest

Tour

Close-up of Wisconsin State Capitol dome at night with snow falling

Photo credit: Kirby Wright

Winter

Wisconsin winters are epic: cold and enormously beautiful. Badgers don’t hibernate—we transform a snow-blanketed campus into a hotbed of activity. Bundle up and get ready to hit the ski trails, team up on the ice, or walk out on frozen Lake Mendota and enjoy the serenity that winter affords.

Let it Snow

Stay Cozy

Badger Sports

Photo credit: Nate Moll

Spring

There’s no shortage of drama in Wisconsin in spring. Warmer temps tease open daffodil and lilac buds. The iconic sunburst chairs make a triumphant return to the Memorial Union Terrace, while the city’s residents emerge to enjoy State Street’s many sidewalk cafés and restaurants.

City in Bloom

Onstage

Eat Fresh

Action shot of three young men about to jump off edge of dock into lake

Photo credit: Bryce Richter

Summer

The summer months are fleeting, so we relish every moment: cannonballs into Lake Mendota, hikes around Devil’s Lake, leisurely afternoons at the Terrace. Meanwhile, fairs and festivals abound, as long sunny days turn to nights before you realize it, complete with photo-worthy sunsets.

Festivals

Nightlife

Hoof It