City & Attractions
Set between lakes Mendota and Monona, Madison is one of only two major American cities built on an isthmus. The Livingston Inn has access to the largest lake, Lake Mendota, where guests may spend a day, or an evening, on the water. An adjacent park offers a bike trail and walking path along the lakeshore, and patrons may wish to continue on, along the shore, through the downtown area, on to the UW-Madison campus, and the iconic Memorial Union—for the Dairy State’s very own Babcock Ice Cream.
For dining and nightlife, The Livingston Inn is conveniently situated. From brew pubs, comedy clubs, one of a kind shops, and a fabulous array of dining options on Madison’s beloved State Street, to the hip dining spots on the wonderfully eclectic Willy Street, guests will find a variety of options for day and night.
Year-round activities and events in Madison are numerous. Some options include:
- UW Badger athletics at Camp Randall and the Kohl Center
- Live theater and music events
- A variety of museums
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens [free and amazing!]
- Concerts on the Square [free]
- Madison’s world-famous Farmer’s Market
- The Annual Art Fair on the Square
- Conventions, conferences, street and neighborhood fairs
- State Street shopping and nightlife
- Syttende Mai, Iron Man, Paddle & Portage, and other notable race traditions
- Canoeing, kayaking, biking, ice skating
- Boat tours and dinner cruises