Madison, Plan Your Visit, Sights

Explore Madison: Family Fun

Looking for things to do with the whole family? There’s plenty to explore in Madison that will keep everyone entertained! 

Health guidelines vary by organization. Check each place for up-to-date information!


Madison Children’s Museum

The Madison Children’s Museum is designed for ages birth to 12. It has a wide variety of exhibits on various topics including  the arts, sciences, history, culture, health, and civic engagement.

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Address: 100 N. Hamilton St. (0.2 miles from the conference; about a 5 minute walk)
Hours: 9 am–4 pm, Thursdays through Sundays
Cost: $12 for children age 1+ and adults, $11 for grandparents and seniors, and free for babies under age 1.

Plan your visit: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/visit/ 
Events: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/events/2022-05/ 
Accessibility: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/visit/accessibility/


Henry Vilas Zoo

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One of the only free zoos left in the United States, the Henry Vilas Zoo features creatures and animals from all over the world while also working to conserve and protect the natural world.

Address: 702 S. Randall Ave., Madison, WI 53715 (2 miles from the conference; approximately 7 minute drive; Combination of bus and walking can get you there)
Hours: Open daily, 9:30am-5:00PM
Cost: Free!
Events: https://www.henryvilaszoo.gov/events/
Plan your visit: https://www.henryvilaszoo.gov/visit/
Accessibility: Contact the zoo for accessibility information


Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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Owned by the City of Madison Parks Division, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is made up of 16 acres of gardens and the Bolz Conservatory. These award winning gardens are a perfect place for the family to take a break from conference activities and enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin spring weather!

Address: 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 ( 3.5 miles from the conference; about a 10 minute drive; Accessible by bus)
Hours: Gardens and lobby- 10am-6pm daily; Bolz Conservatory- 10am-4pm daily
Cost: Gardens are free (donations appreciated); Bolz Conservatory is $6, 5 and under are free!
Events: http://www.olbrich.org/events/index.cfm
Plan your visit: http://www.olbrich.org/visit/
Accessibility: http://www.olbrich.org/visit/accessibility.cfm


University of Wisconsin Arboretum

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Covering 1200 acres of grounds, the University of Wisconsin Arboretum features a wide range of ecological communities and over 17 miles of trails. The Arboretum is also home to horticultural collections, effigy mounds, and a visitor center. Another great place to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin spring weather!

Address: 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711 ( 2 miles from the conference; about 7 minutes by car; not easily accessible by bus)
Hours: Grounds are open 4am-10pm; the visitor center is open 9:30am-4pm weekdays and 12:30-4pm on weekends
Cost: Free!
Events: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/
Plan your visit: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/
Accessibility: Contact the Arboretum for accessibility information


University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

Photo credit: UW Geology Museum

A destination for all ages, the Geology Museum examines the fascinating geological history of Wisconsin! From volcanoes to coral reefs to caves to Mastodons, visitors will learn all about the natural history of Wisconsin.

Address: Weeks Hall, 1215 West Dayton St (1.2 miles from the conference; about a 30 minute walk; Accessible by bus)
Hours: Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm; Saturday 9am-1pm
Cost: Free!
Plan your visit: https://museum.geoscience.wisc.edu/visit/
Accessibility: Contact the museum for accessibility information

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