USDA Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53726-2398
InnTowner and The Highland Club
2424 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
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ABOUT MADISON, WISCONSIN (Watch a brief city tour)
Situated on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, Madison is a charming and picturesque city with lots to offer - five lakes, 200 parks, miles of bicycle and foot paths, one of the loveliest university campuses in the country, great dining and entertainment, and a stimulating cultural and recreational environment. Here are a few highlights.
State Street links the University of Wisconsin campus with the Capitol Square. A walk up State Street offers a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, coffeehouses, and shops. The Cesar Pelli designed Overture Center for the Arts, located on the 200-block of State Street, was a $205,000,000 gift to the city from Madison businessman Jerry Frautschi. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the Overture Center for the Arts. The Wisconsin Historical Museum, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and the Madison Children's Museum are all located on the corner where State Street meets the Capitol Square.
The fabulous Saturday Morning Dane County Farmers' Market is held May through October, around the Capitol Square. Hours are 6:00 am - 2:00 pm. The considerably smaller Wednesday Farmers' Market is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, located on the southeast side of the Capitol (in front of the Monona Terrace), and is open Wednesdays from 8:30 am-2:00 pm, May through October.
Rent a bicycle and explore the city neighborhoods, or one of Madison's many scenic bike paths.
Madison B-Cycle is an urban bike sharing program with over 35 active stations throughout the Madison area. If you are interested in renting a B-Cycle, visit their website for station locations and information: http://madison.bcycle.com. For additional information about cycling in Madison visit: Bicycling in Madison or, head over to Machinery Row Bicycles, just one short block east of Monona Terrace along the Lakeshore Path (access lake path from level 1 of Monona Terrace).
Take a guided tour of historic Madison. Popular stops include the Wisconsin State Capitol, the Cesar Pelli-designed Overture Center for the Performing Arts, Frank Lloyd Wright's First Unitarian Society, the University of Wisconsin's extraordinary lakeside campus, and Mansion Hill. Customize your tour by choosing to walk or ride. Group and private tours available.
Tours of the Wisconsin State Capitol are free and open to the public. Tours start at the information desk and are offered hourly, except at noon, Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.