Why Madison, WI is a great destination
Built on an isthmus and surrounded by lakes, Madison seamlessly blends the city and campus, green spaces and urban areas, to create a place unlike anywhere else. When visiting Madison, WI, a stay at the Fluno Center puts you in the heart of it all. Whether your purpose is business or leisure, we're conveniently located in downtown Madison, WI, with easy access to all of the UW-Madison campus, UW Hospital & Clinics, the Dane County Regional Airport, and major corporations such as American Family, TDS, Spectrum Brands, Alliant Energy, Epic and many others.
The Fluno Center's downtown location places visitors only minutes away from entertainment, activities, and shopping. A stroll to State Street's pedestrian mall offers a variety of bookstores, restaurants, coffeehouses, pubs, specialty shops and entertainment options. Also nearby are museums, several theater and performing arts venues, and UW Badger sporting events at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall Stadium.
University Resources for Visitors
Program participants have access to the university's many resources including its libraries as well as recreational facilities such as tennis and racquetball courts, the University Ridge Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, indoor swimming pools, and fully equipped gymnasiums.
Built on an isthmus, Madison has 220 parks, more than 150 miles of bike and cross-country ski trails, and five area lakes for boating and fishing. Madison's many cultural and landmark attractions include:
- Wisconsin Historical Museum
- Wisconsin Veterans Museum
- Madison Children's Museum
- Chazen Museum of Art
- UW-Madison Geology Museum
- Overture Center for the Arts
- Orpheum Theatre
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- Dane County Farmers' Market
- Wisconsin State Capitol
- Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
- Capital City Trail
- Henry Vilas Zoo
- Allen Centennial Gardens
- James Madison Park
- Period Garden Park
- Brittingham Park
- Vilas Park
- UW Arboretum
Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, both walking distance from the Fluno Center, offer beautiful views, boat tours and rentals and more.
Bike rentals are also readily available nearby:
For more information on Madison attractions and events, please visit these sites:
- Isthmus | The Daily Page
- Greater Madison Convention & Visitor Bureau
- UW-Madison's Events Calendar
- Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Restaurants in the Area
Photographs courtesy of Jeff Miller / UW-Madison University Communications.