Recreation at UW-Madison

In addition to your academic enrichment at UW-Madison, you should take advantage of the cultural and recreational resources available to you at the university, in the city of Madison, and in the region.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus offers a range of sports and recreational activities and facilities to which all students have access. Sports facilities include gymnasiums, swimming pools, tennis stadiums, indoor and outdoor sports areas, exercise rooms and classes, as well as club and intramural sports.

Information on facilities, locations, hours and activities is available from UW-Madison's Division of Recreational Sports.

Hoofers is a club offering outdoor recreational activities including hiking, horseback riding, sailing, etc.

In addition, the Memorial Union offers a range of cultural and intellectual offerings as well as film, theater and art shows, and a range of courses in subjects ranging from painting and pottery to dance and creative writing. For more information, consult the Memorial Union's activities listing.

The Memorial Union Terrace is a wonderful place to relax with friends during the fall and summer. In the winter, you can move indoors and enjoy the dining facilities and other resources of the union.


The City of Madison offers parks, beaches, cultural and sports activities, farmers markets, and much more.Madison's downtown area includes Capitol Square and State Street, which is lined with stores and cafes, and leads from the square to the campus.

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau offers information on where to stay and what to do while visiting Madison.

Notable Madison attractions include:

The Isthmus, Madison's weekly community newspaper, can serve as your guide to Madison's many dining options, attend a live music performance, or go to a movie. And in the summer, Capitol Square has a farmers market, and various festivals and events are held in Madison and nearby.

Wisconsin and surrounding region

Wisconsin is a beautiful state with wonderful opportunities to experience nature, rural communities, farm country, and city life. Chicago, IL, and Milwaukee, WI, and Minneapolis, MN are close to Madison, as are Door County and the Wisconsin Dells, popular vacation spots.