Madison & Surrounding Areas


Top Attractions In and Around Madison

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Phone 608-246-4550
16 acres of outdoor gardens and the Bolz Conservatory
Gardens are open 8 am to 8 pm and are free
Conservatory is open 10 am to 4 pm ~ $2.00 for over 5, under 5 is free
Conservatory is also free on Wednesday and Saturday AM from 10 am to 12 pm
Distance from AEC: 7.1 miles

Henry Vilas Zoo
702 S. Randall Ave., Madison
Phone 608-266-4732
Hours: 9:30 to 5 daily ~ No admission charge
Indoor exhibits open 10 am to 4 pm
28 acre public zoo owned by Dane County.
Fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Distance from AEC: 2.1 miles

State Street, Downtown Madison
A 7 block bustling thoroughfare between Capitol Square and the University.
This area buzzes with activity day and night offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants,
bookstores, food trucks,  art galleries and specialty shops.

Cave of the Mounds
2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd., Blue Mounds, WI
Phone: 608-437-3038
Open 9 am to 6 pm daily ~ tours are run every 20-30 minutes
Distance from AEC: 27.1 miles

Blue Mounds State Park
4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, WI
Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin at 1,719 feet the park offers spectacular
views as well as unique geological features. Highlights include both hiking and bicycle trails geared to all levels
including extreme trails as well as numerous nature trails.
Distance from AEC: 29.2 miles

House on the Rock
5754 State Road 23, Spring Green, WI
House on the Rock opened in 1959 and is a complex of architecturally unique rooms,
streets, gardens and shops all designed by Alex Jordan
Hours: 9 to 5 daily
Touring all 3 sections takes roughly 3 to 3 1/2 hours
Touring sections 1 & 2 takes 2 hours
Touring the original house (section 1) takes 1 hour
Distance from AEC: 53 miles

Wisconsin Dells
Located approximately 60 miles from the Alliant Energy Center, Wisconsin Dells and the surrounding area is
known as the Waterpark Capital of the World. The Dells lies on the Wisconsin River in a region of glacier carved sandstone
formations. It has numerous water parks, theme parks, amusement centers, mini golf, riverboat rides and is
one of the largest tourist areas in Wisconsin. Also the home of Fort Dells Theme Park.

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