Orientation and move-in day are just around the corner for the newest batch of Badgers at UW-Madison! For impressionable freshmen and cultured seniors alike, downtown Madison has no end of charming restaurants and activities.
While you will certainly be kept busy upon arrival with seminars and exploring campus, you may also find yourself spending a bit more money than you intended. Between eating out, losing ready access to a kitchen and getting swipe-happy with your brand new
Henry Vilas Zoo is renowned in Madison for its variety of wildlife and beautiful location in the Vilas neighborhood. If you are already on the south side of campus, the zoo is within walking distance. And if you’re not, there is also a bus line that can take you there with your free ASM student bus pass. Admission is free all day every day, and if you feel like splurging a little bit the concessions food is pretty reasonably priced and worth your money to keep a well-run establishment going!
The Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee is student-run and has been providing campus and the Madison community alike with free films since 1940. Every week during the school year they show a variety of films, sometimes old and sometimes just a month or two after the original theater debut. During the summer they often do screenings at
Madison has quite a history, so
Located between two lakes, you have to admit that the summertime and late fall beauty of campus had to be a significant factor in your decision to attend UW-Madison. Be sure to really take in the downtown scene by meandering over to Picnic Point for a fun little hike or bonfire. If you’re willing to get off campus, Madison has several other little parks and beaches scattered across the isthmus. Some options include the popular James Madison Park on Lake Mendota, B.B. Clarke Beach on Lake Monona, the Olbrich Gardens and several others.
These are only a handful of cost-effective options for a fun day in Madison, and they all have flexible enough hours to make either a good study break or a good alternative to a pricey night on the town. Have fun exploring, future Badgers!