University of Wisconsin

PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES

 

PARKS & RECREATION

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 263-7888     
Featuring the restored prairies, forest and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin, the 1,200-acre Arboretum has over 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Guided tours are available with two weeks notice and costs $39 per guide for a 1-5 hour session.
Trails and the Visitor Center parking lot are open year-round from 7am-10pm. Other Arboretum parking lots are open from sunrise to sunset.
Visitor Center hours: Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 12:30pm-4pm (excluding holidays).

Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706

A 2.5-acre outdoor classroom managed by the University of Wisconsin Department of Horticulture. These gardens are entered around a stately Victorian house that was once home to the first Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and is now home to the offices of the Agricultural Research Stations. Examples of international gardens, wetlands, ground cover and shrubbery, and water life make it a peaceful retreat.
Admission is free.
Open daily sunrise-sunset. 

UW Botanical Garden & Greenhouse
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 262-2235
The Botanical Garden sits on 1.2 acres of land with a pond, waterfall and over 500 species of plants from all over the world that attract a large number of butterflies. The 8,000 square f00t greenhouse is full of tropical, aquatic and desert life.
Admission is free.
Open daily 8am-4pm when UW is open.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
(608)246-4550
Voted as one of the “Top Ten Most Inspiring Gardens in America” by Horticulture Magazine, Olbrich Botanical Gardens expand over 16 acres of land just east of downtown Madison. The gardens are overwhelmingly impressive, offering a vast array of gorgeous flowers, bushes and trees. Walk outside through the gardens and smell roses and herbs or explore more of a tropical environment in the Bolz Conservatory.
Outdoor garden admission is free. Bolz Conservatory: general public, $2; children 5 & under, free. Admission is free to the general public on most Wed & Sat mornings, 10am-12pm.
Hours vary by season, see website for details.

D.C. Smith Greenhouse
465 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-3844     
The conservatory is an example of the relatively new discipline of interior-scaping. Visit during the winter months to enjoy the ornamental plants and the tropical environment.
Open to the public during regular university building hours.

Henry Vilas Zoo
702 South Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 266-4732

One of the few remaining admission-free zoos in the country, Henry Vilas Zoo houses animals from all over the world, from primates to big cats, exotic birds and reptiles.
Admission and parking are free.
Daily 9:30am-5pm

Madison Ice Arena
725 Forward Drive
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 204-7606

Hartmeyer Ice Arena
1834 Commercial Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 442-0071
Both arenas offer public skating throughout the week. See website for days and times.
Adults $4, Children $3, Skate Rental $2.

Howard M. Temin Lakeshore Path, Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Picnic Point
The 1.6 mile long Howard M. Temin Lakeshore Path, stretching along Lake Mendota from Memorial Union west through the Lakeshore Nature Preserve out to Picnic Point, is a favorite route to and from campus for walkers and bicyclists. Also seen as an escape from city life, families and students venture to Picnic Point for nightly bonfires and to watch the sunset.

James Madison Park
614 E. Gorham Street
Madison, WI 53703

Downtown, along the shores of Lake Mendota, sits this lovely 12-acre park with a swimming beach. The 1863 Gates of Heaven Synagogue, located within the park, is 4th oldest in the country.
There is no shortage of parks and green space in Madison. For a complete list of parks, visit City of Madison Parks or Dane County Parks.

Lake Mendota and Lake Monona
Lake Mendota, the 4th largest lake in Wisconsin, borders the north side of downtown and campus, while Lake Monona hugs the southern shore of downtown Madison. The lakes provide an endless source of outdoor activity on, in and around the waters such as boating, fishing, swimming, walking and biking. See below for boat rental, bike rental and cruise information:

Outdoor Rentals at the Memorial Union Boathouse
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-7351

Outdoor Rentals supplies students, Wisconsin Union members, faculty, staff and guests of the University with outdoor equipment from canoes to board games and camping gear. Rent canoes and water sport equipment, all kinds of camping equipment, boat moorings and outdoor games equipment – including volleyball, croquet and horseshoes.
Days and hours vary by season.

Betty Lou Cruises
(608)  246-3138  
From mid-April through mid-October, enjoy a beautiful view of the Madison skyline while on one of the many various themes such as brunch, dinner, happy hours, moonlight, live music and ice cream cruises.
Lake Mendota cruises depart from Mariner’s Inn (5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr., Madison, WI 53704).
Lake Monona cruises depart from the Machinery Row building (601 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703).
Cruises operate daily, rain or shine.
See website for cruise schedules and menus.

Bike Rentals
Madison is a biking town. Rent a bike for the day and circle around Lake Monona, explore the Capitol City Trail, ride out along Lake Mendota to Picnic Point, or tour through campus and the UW Arboretum. Download a bike trail map to take with you.
Below is a list of bike rental companies in the city:

Machinery Row Bicycles
601 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 442-5974

Rents hybrids, mountain bikes, road bikes, trail-a-bike trailers and child trailers.
March 1 – September 30: Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
October 1 – February 28: Mon-Fri, 10:30am-7pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm

Yellow Jersey Bikes
419 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-4737
Rents mountain bikes only.
Mon & Thurs, 10am-8pm; Tue, Wed & Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm 

Budget Bicycle Centers
Three of their four locations rent different types of bikes:
1230 Regent Street
(608) 251-8413
Hybrids, mountain bikes, kids bikes, trailers and trail-a-bikes.
March 1st – Sept. 30th: Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 10am-7pm
Oct. 1st – Feb. 29th: Mon-Fri, 10am-6:30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm

1201 Regent Street
(608) 286-9111
Carbon road racing bikes, recumbents and tandems.
March 1st – Sept. 30th: Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 11am-7pm
Oct. 1st – Feb. 29th: Mon-Fri, 10am-6:30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm

930 Regent Street
(608)-251-1663
Road bikes only.
March 1st – Sept. 30th: Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 10am-7pm
Oct. 1st – Feb. 29th: Mon-Fri, 10am-6:30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm

 

 

SPORTS

The University of Wisconsin Badgers Athletics
See website for all men’s and women’s University sports schedules.

Camp Randall
1430 Monroe Street
Madison, Wis. 53711
(608) 262-1866

Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office: (608) 262-1440 or (800) 462-2343
Ticket Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
Camp Randall Stadium has been the centerpiece of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community since 1917. Before it became home to the Wisconsin Badger football team, the land was used as a major military training center during the civil war. Named after the Governor of the time, Alexander Randall, Camp Randall acted as training grounds for the Union Army. After the land was bought by the legislature in 1893, it was presented to the University as a memorial athletic field—making it the oldest and fourth largest stadium in the Big Ten.
Camp Randall Tours: Offered Mon-Fri, 9:30am, 11am and 1:30pm, except Thursdays and Fridays before a home football game or during football practices. Tours must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance by calling (608) 263-5645. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are walking intensive. Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities.
2012-13 Football Schedule

 

Kohl Center
601 West Dayton
Madison, WI. 53715
(608) 263-5645
Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office: (608) 262-1440 or (800) 462-2343
The Kohl Center has been the home to Badger men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s hockey and women’s hockey since 1998.
Tours may be scheduled for Mon-Fri beginning at 9am, with the last tour starting no later than 3pm. Walk in tours, which are 15 – 20 minutes, for groups up to 10 people, are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at Noon.

 

Madison Mallards
Warner Park “Duck Pond”
2920 N. Sherman Ave., Madison
(608) 246-4277

If you’re visiting Madison in the summer, spend a few hours at the “Duck Pond” to check out some of who are sure to be future MLB players. The Madison Mallards is Madison’s own collegiate baseball team of the Northwoods League, consisting of the best NCAA baseball players in the country.

Madison Thunder
1834 Commercial Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 442-0071

Madison Thunder, a women’s ice hockey team in Madison, has been around for more than 15 years. Their season runs from October to March and they play their games at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena. See website for game schedule.

 

GOLF 

University Ridge Golf Course
9002 County Rd PD
Madison, WI 53593
(608) 845-7700

Play where the Badgers Play! The front nine meanders over lush grasslands, and the back nine is carved out of the densest of Wisconsin’s woodlands. Most recently rated 28th best public golf course in the country according to 2008 Golf World Reader’s poll.

Glenway Golf Course
3747 Speedway Road
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 266-4737
Located on Madison’s near west side, Glenway features a 9-Hole Executive, par-32 course that was first opened for play in 1927.
See website for updated fees.

Monona Golf Course
111 East Dean Avenue
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 266-4736
Par-36 course, 9-Hole Regulation Course.
See website for updated fees.

Odana Hills Golf Course
4635 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 266-4724
This Par-72 course, 18-Hole Regulation Course also features a driving range and putting green.
See website for updated rates.

Yahara Hills Golf Course
6701 E. Broadway
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 838-3126
Two 18-hole championship golf courses spread over 400 acres of rolling hillside, Yahara Hills also features a driving range and 40,000 square foot putting green.
See website for updated fees.