As many of us bid adieu to our international-travelling friends, there comes time for us to face the reality of our own semester “abroad” in Madison. Although it may seem much less glamorous than spending the semester somewhere across the world, a semester abroad in Madison can be just as interesting if you know the right places to go.
I’ve compiled all of my Madison-native intelligence and experience to create a near-perfect agenda and touristy cheat sheet of how to capitalize on your time in Madison.
The beloved fish fry
As a native, I recommend that you go to The Old Fashioned. Their fish fry is unlike anything else, and I confidently promise that you will not be disappointed. While you’re there, and given that you’re the legal age, try Wisconsin’s specialty drink: the Brandy Old Fashioned.
City surrounded by lakes
Any student has probably realized how big of role that the lakes play for the city, especially in the summertime. What they don’t know, however, are all the places to rent paddle boards, canoes and kayaks.
One of my favorite places to rent is Brittingham Boats on Lake Monona. If you’re looking for a cool photo-op and an adventure to the other side to own, I recommend trying a new water sport at Brittingham Boats.
Finding silver linings
Madison offers a lot more than meets the eye, which is why we all fall in love with it. Despite the fact that your friends may be jet-setting around Europe, we all have an equally fun opportunity to travel around our own city to try something new.