The best way to experience the beauty and grandeur of Wisconsin's Capitol building (located at 2 East Main Street, Madison) is to see it for yourself. Free tours are offered daily, year round. Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday) excluding holidays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The sixth floor museum and observation deck are open during the summer months. Groups of 10 or more should call for reservations. (608) 266-0382
Linking the Capitol and the UW campus is a pedestrian mall dotted with interesting shopping and dining opportunities, as well as museums and galleries. Come see for yourself what makes Madison such a vibrant living and learning community.
Wisconsin agricultural products direct from producers and much, much more. The Capitol Square Farmers Market is open every Saturday - Rain or Shine! The Market is located outdoor around the Capitol building. Hours are 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is also a Wednesday Farmers' Market on the 200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Visit www.dcfm.org for more information.
The Henry Vilas Zoo receives over 500,000 visitors annually. It still charges no admission or parking fees, and is one of only a few free zoos in the world that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo grounds are open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every day. Zoo building hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every day. Visit www.vilaszoo.org for more information.
Explore the mystery and beauty of nature at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, winner of the 2005 National Award for Garden Excellence. Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens including Olbrich's Rose Garden and Thai Pavilion and Garden. Enjoy a tropical paradise year-round at Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory, a glass pyramid filled with exotic plants, bright flowers, a rushing waterfall, fragrant orchids and free-flying birds. Outdoor gardens are open daily from and 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. April through Sept. and 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in October. Admission is free to the public. The Gardens are located at 3330 Atwood Avenue in Madison. Phone (608)246-4550 or visit their website at www.olbrich.org .
The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center embraces the shore of picturesque Lake Monona in the heart of Madison's vibrant cultural and entertainment district. The building was designed by Wisconsin native and internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the interior was redesigned by Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam to house state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting and public space. For a calendar of events visit their website at www.mononaterrace.com.
During the 1940's a man named Alex Jordan discovered a 60-foot chimney of rock in the beautiful Wyoming Valley. It was here he decided to build a house on the sandstone formation called Deer Shelter Rock. Jordan built the house as a weekend retreat and never intended it to be a tourist attraction. However, people kept coming to see the architectural wonder they had heard about. Jordan eventually started asking for 50 cent donations. That was only the beginning. The 14-room house is the original structure of what is now a complex of many buildings, exhibits and gardens. This miraculous house includes some of the most amazing collections and also the world's largest carousel. For more information visit www.thehouseontherock.com or call (608)935-3639.
Located in their new facility at 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI 53562, the Museum features an extensive collection of prepared mustards - over 5,000 jars, bottles, and tubes from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. The Museum also is home to hundreds of items of great mustard historical importance, including mustard pots and vintage mustard advertisements. You can learn more about the Museum at www.mustardweb.com.
Every year, thousands of visitors, including hundreds of Swiss tourists, are drawn to New Glarus to enjoy the atmosphere that thrives here and nowhere else outside Switzerland. With small town friendliness and enthusiasm, New Glarus is proud to share it Swiss heritage, its chalet type architecture, its two fine museums, its famous ethnic festivals, and a wealth of specialty shops and restaurants serving savory Swiss food. More information is available at www.swisstown.com.
Visit this working dairy farm April 1st through October 31st. On your visit you will see, touch and experience the farm. Visit farm animals and take an antique tractor driven hayride to view the crops. Stroll through the barn yard to pet and feed goats and sheep. Gather eggs from the hen house, and hold some newly hatched chicks. Moooove on to the barn to pet calves, look into a 2500 gallon bulk tank of fresh milk, and maybe even try to milk a cow too! The Dairy is located at 2844 Hwy. 73, Cambridge, WI. Phone (608)764-5090. www.dairyfarmtours.com.
These are just some of the companies that offer tours. Check with the registration desk at the campground for more information.
Even if you aren't able to attend the EAA AirVenture event make sure you plan a trip to this wonderful museum, located 93 miles north of Madison, in Oshkosh, WI. Here you will see some of the most significant and spectacular contributions to the world of aviation. Exciting aircraft displays, dynamic theater and video presentations and fascinating galleries are all part of your total aviation experience. For schedules and more information visit www.airventuremuseum.org.
Nearly 105 years in the making, the Harley-Davidson Museum, located near downtown Milwaukee, opened its doors to the public in July 2008. The 130,000 square ft. Museum adds a new dimension to the Harley-Davidson experience. Within the walls of the Museum you will find motorcycles and artifacts that tell the story of the Motor Company's rich history and heritage.
The Steel Toe Tour package includes one ticket to the Harley-Davidson Museum® where you'll get a glimpse of history and culture like you've never seen it before – including the must-see Engine Room. A shuttle will take you from the Museum to the Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility, where you'll get an up-close-and-personal view of the assembly line, powder coat process, cold testing and steel and aluminum machining.
Tours are 3 hours long and take place on Wed & Fri at 9:00 am and 12:15 pm. This tour is not for the faint of heart – at Pilgrim Road, safety goggles and steel toe shoes are required!
Sassy Cow Creamery is a farmstead milk bottling business that opened its doors in 2008. They are located just 12 miles east of the campground in Columbus, WI. Designed with the consumer in mind, they have a store open to the public located right in the building. You can purchase their products in the store and view them being made through the large view windows located between the store and the processing area. Tours are available 4 - 6 pm on the first Friday of each month. Check at the campground office for other special events taking place.