Local Attractions and Restaurants

Patient and Family Guide

Local Attractions and Restaurants

The following local attractions offer family-friendly activities to help families of American Family Children's Hospital patients enjoy Madison:
  • Madison Children's Museum
    100 State Street, Madison
    (608) 256-6445
    Explore creative and engaging exhibits and programming for ages birth to 8.
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
    227 State Street, Madison 
    (608) 257-0158 
    Artistic venue that exhibits modern and contemporary art.
  • Wisconsin Veterans Museum
    30 W. Mifflin Street, Madison 
    (608) 264-6086 
    Explore Wisconsin's military history from the Civil War to the present.
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
    30 N. Carroll Street, Madison 
    (608) 264-6555 
    Photographs, artifacts, interactive exhibits, and audio-visual presentations teach Wisconsin's unique history.
  • Wisconsin State Capitol
    Capitol Square, Madison
    (608) 266-0382
    Take a guided, informative tour of the State Capitol. Feast your eyes on beautiful glass mosaics, the only granite dome in the United States, and 43 varieties of stone.
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
    3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison 
    (608) 246-4550 
    Enjoy nature at its finest. Explore 16 acres of outside gardens and then stroll through an inside tropical paradise.
  • University of Wisconsin Arboretum
    1207 Seminole Highway, Madison
    Observe nature, take a walk, jog, relax or take pictures while exploring trails on the Arboretum's 1,260 acres.
  • Monona Terrace
    1 John Nolen Drive, Madison
    (608) 261-4000 
    Frank Lloyd Wright's brilliant architecture alongside Lake Monona. Includes a rooftop garden and a variety of events year-round.
  • University of Wisconsin Space Place
    2300 S. Park Street, Madison
    (608) 262-4779 
    Learn and play through scientific, hands-on activities and presentations from University of Wisconsin faculty and staff.
  • The Overture Center for the Arts
    201 State Street, Madison 
    (608) 258-4141 
    See live performances downtown in Madison's own state of the art facility.
  • Wisconsin Memorial Union
    800 Langdon Street, Madison 
    (608) 262-5079 
    Relax and enjoy beautiful views of Lake Mendota on the Union Terrace or eat inside at the German Pub.
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
    702 S. Randall Avenue, Madison
    (608) 266-4732 
    Free admission - enjoy various animals while indulging in your favorite zoo foods. The gift shop is also available for zoo novelties. Open year-round.
  • Dane County Farmers' Market
    Capitol Square, Madison
    Walk around Capitol Square to visit 300 vendors and purchase fresh vegetables, beautiful flowers and specialty products grown only in Wisconsin.
  • Tenney Park
    1414 E. Johnson Street, Madison
    Play equipment, a sandy beach and a basketball court are just some places to explore in this beautiful, lush park.
  • Goodland Park
    2862 Waubesa Avenue, Madison
    Partially wooded 15 acres of land. Two shelters, picnic areas, play equipment and swimming are the park's features.

Walking Paths

American Family Children's Hospital is located near Picnic Point, a peninsula into Lake Mendota, which features scenic walking and bicycling paths and park benches. A path also follows the lake from Picnic Point to Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus.


Other Activities and Attractions
For more information on area attractions and events, see Living in Madison.