In my short time of being at UW-Madison, it has become quite evident to me that Madison is the absolute perfect college town. Everything here is centered around the "Wisconsin Experience" as it's called, and there's no other place quite like it. From sporting events and tailgates to Concerts and a night at the comedy club, UW has thousands (yes, thousands) of things that make it the best college town out there. Here are my top five reasons why:
1. Memorial Union Terrace
Though the terrace is a seasonal kind of activity, it has enough attraction to it to put it in the top five. The terrace is an amazing place to hang out, study or just people watch. When it's open, you can find different bands performing on stage, and small food and drink stands to cater to your Wisconsin cravings. With the opening of Alumni park right next to the terrace, there's seemingly nothing that can make the terrace better. With a beautiful lake view, the terrace is a must see place on campus.
2. Chazen Art Museum
The Chazen, also right on campus, is a fun attraction for anyone, even if you don't consider yourself to be an art lover. The near 20,000 pieces of art make it so there is at least something in the museum for you, and its modern architecture makes it a very eye-pleasing place to go. The cost is low, and it's fun for people of all ages.
3. State Street
It's hard to just pick one thing on State, with so many restaurants and small shops to choose from, there's something for everyone here. It's a perfect spot to visit any time of the day, or night, for that matter. With a stunning view of the capitol and a view of Bascom hill in the other direction, State Street is another location to see some of Madison's beautiful views.
4. Wisconsin State Capitol
The capitol building has to be one of, if not the prettiest building in Madison. After taking in its stunning looks from the outside, the inside offers just as beautiful as a scene. With beautiful artwork along the rotunda and beautiful architecture, the capitol is a must visit in Madison.
5. Wisconsin Badger sporting events
Nothing in Madison beats going to a Badger game. Whether it's football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, or the many other sports, nothing brings the student body together like cheering on the hometown team while also destroying the opponents pride. From the moment you step into Camp Randall, the Kohl Center or the Field House, you can sense the electric atmosphere all around you. Not to mention, the athletic teams here aren't too shabby, either.