City Information

About Madison

You will find the best of all worlds in Wisconsin’s vibrant capital city and picturesque surrounding towns: natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural offerings, distinctive restaurants and shops, and an irreverent spirit of fun.

Built on an isthmus between lakes Monona and Mendota, Madison is renowned for its beautiful scenery. A total of five area lakes and over 200 parks provide an abundance of year-round outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, swimming and sailing along with cross-country skiing, snow sailing, and ice fishing.

Madison offers a variety of things to do before and after the conference sessions. One of the most popular warm weather traditions in Madison and the largest producer-only market in the US is the weekly Farmer’s Market located on the capital square.

Within blocks of the conference hotels is the iconic State Street. After checking out State Street shops and restaurants, take time to stop by and tour the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol. Tour the Capitol on your own or by a guided tour to experience this stunning icon.

To search for other activities while in Madison, view the Calendar of Events.

Madison is in Central Standard Time (CST).

Getting Around Madison

Madison offers several ways to get around and explore the city while you’re here. If you’re not quite up to walking down State Street or up Bascom Hill there are other modes of transportation to get you where you need. Madison Metro Bus System travels throughout downtown Madison including routes to and from the UW Campus to the Capitol. Biking is also a very popular mode of transportation and Madison offers bicycle rental stations, several shops that rent bicycles, and extensive bike trails within the city and into surrounding areas.

Madison offers multiple taxi options. Hailing cabs in Madison is not common and you will receive faster service by calling a company directly. If you need a taxi while at the conference venue, please see the Conference Management staff in the Annex Room on the 2nd floor and they will call a taxi for you. To reach a taxi service directly, call one of the numbers below:

Madison Taxi: (608) 255-8294

Union Cab: (608) 242-2000

Uber and Lyft: Download either app on your smartphone


Wisconsin weather in July is usually sunny and warm with temperatures averaging between 70 and 80 degrees. For current weather information, visit The Weather Channel site for Madison:

Accessible Travel Resources

Madison welcomes visitors of all abilities. Accessible travel resources can be found on the Destination Madison website.