Madison, Wisconsin, has the best of all worlds. Just big enough to have plenty of attractions and activities, yet not so huge that you feel lost in a concrete jungle. Visit Madison for your next winter vacation and get ready to enjoy fun in the snow and a few engaging indoor activities as well.

Sledding Madison’s Hills

Madison is home to a wealth of public parks, nine of which have hills that are steep enough to warrant winter sledding once the snow flies. Although the sledding hills aren’t maintained, if you wait until there’s several inches of snow as a base, you should have a fun and safe trip. Elver Park on the city’s west side may be the best-known spot for sledding thanks to the massive hill on the edge of the park. Happily, there’s also a warming house and concession stand that serves warm food and drinks to chilled sledders. Garner Park and Olbrich Park are two other parks with impressive sledding hills that you might want to check out too.

Ice Skating at the Edgewater

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The Edgewater Hotel in downtown Madison invites people to come and skate at the Grand Plaza during the winter months. Not only is this rink meticulously maintained to have ideal conditions, you can also enjoy warmth when you need it by stepping in to the Icehouse, which is the rinkside pub and restaurant inside the hotel. There you can enjoy a mug of hot cocoa and a snack before you head back out onto the ice for more skating.

Touring the State Capitol


As it’s the capitol city of Wisconsin, you simply can’t visit Madison without seeing the capitol building. Centered in downtown Madison, the capitol building is something to behold. You can take a free tour on most days except major holidays. Check in at the information desk at the top of the hour throughout the day. You’ll enjoy a guided tour that takes a little less than an hour. If you have a group of 10 or more, you can make a reservation for your tour online or by phone.

Chazen Museum of Art

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If the weather outside is frightful and you’re just not into snow, you can explore the Chazen Museum of Art instead. This museum shows off extensive exhibitions and collections throughout the year, some permanent and others temporary. The museum also hosts lectures, demonstrations, performances and family events regularly.

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Whether you can’t get enough winter snow and you’re looking for a place to enjoy it, or you prefer the warmth of indoor activities, Madison, Wisconsin, has something for everyone. This college city offers a diverse landscape that helps it resonate with just about everyone.