Flights to Madison
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and is the second largest city in the state. It is surrounded by 5 lakes, and a number of parks for the outdoor enthusiast. The city is named after James Madison, the 4th US president who had died recently when the city was founded.
The airport for Madison is about a 15 minute drive outside the city, towards the north-east. The Dane County Regional Airport (airport code: MSN) does not accommodate any international air traffic, so all flights to Madison will have to transfer at least once at an American city. The most direct route for a flight to Madison is with Delta, stopping once in Atlanta. Alternatively, Virgin Atlantic has a route with transfers in London and New York, and British Airways goes through London and then Chicago.
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The Tourist Attractions in Madison:
Henry Vilas Zoo
One of the things that makes Henry Vilas Zoo unique, is that there is no admission fee. There are primates, big cats, a rainforest aviary and hands-on touch displays in the learning centre. The zoo is open 7-days a week, except on some major holidays. Next to the zoo is Vilas Park Beach with lots of picnic space.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
The Olbrich Botanical Gardens are a lovely place to spend some time while visiting Madison. There are several distinct garden areas, including an English sunken garden, a hilly rock garden and more than 700 kinds of roses in the rose garden. The Thai garden has an authentic Thai pavilion called a sala that was a gift from the Thai government to the Madison University. Admission to the park is free, though there is a charge to see the conservatory greenhouse.
Chazen Museum of Art
Part of the University of Wisconsin campus, the Chazen Museum of Art is open to the general public. The art collection includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and textiles by international and local artists. The gallery is closed on Mondays and most major holidays. Admission to the museum is free.
UW-Madison Geology Museum
Another place to visit on the University of Wisconsin campus, and another with no admission costs is the UW-Madison Geology Museum. There are nearly 1,000 geology and paleontology exhibits in the museum that include meteorites and fossils. Complete dinosaur skeletons are on display as well.
The House on the Rock
This is a pretty unique sight that shouldn’t be missed, though you’ll have to travel to the nearby town of Spring Green to visit. The House on the Rock is a bizarre “house” filled with architectural oddities and unusual rooms. There is a working carousel, and one room that juts out more than 200 feet from the side of the hill. Some rooms are filled with various collections, such as musical instruments. One room is filled with a model of a miniature circus. There is an admission fee, and you can either walk through yourself or take a tour.
When Should You Visit?:
The climate in Madison is temperate, with warm summers and cold winters. Average summer highs are between 26 and 28C (78 and 82F), during the months of June, July and August. Late spring and early autumn are more comfortable for visiting the area. There is usually snow between November and March.