Madison is a vibrant capital city, with the downtown area situated on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. The lakes lend the city a unique beauty and offer numerous recreational opportunities, including sailing, paddling, water skiing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. Bicycle and nature trails connect many parts of the city and neighboring communities. In winter, as in the other seasons, Madison residents find plenty to do both indoors and outdoors.

Arts, entertainment, and culture all thrive here, with both large and small venues hosting concerts, plays, art exhibits, festivals, and street fairs. The selection of restaurants and eateries in the greater Madison area is remarkably diverse, ranging from food carts serving ethnic specialties to gourmet restaurants and everything in between.

Major metropolitan areas are easily accessible by bus or car. From Madison, it is 122 miles to Chicago and 234 miles to Minneapolis. Milwaukee is just 73 miles away. While there is plenty to do right here, many students enjoy occasional getaways to these nearby cities.

Madison is also a great place for families, with a highly rated children’s museum, a free zoo, children’s theater companies, abundant parks, and much more. The greater Madison area is known for its excellent school systems and family-friendly neighborhoods.


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