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Madison Wisconsin Hotel ... Nearby Things to Do!

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Everyday, tourists visiting the city of Madison, Wisconsin enjoy a variety of exhilarating attractions and activities the city has to offer.

From museums, historic sites and fun things to do to the serenity of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, to special events, Madison Wisconsin tourism has everything for a family friendly vacation or a romantic getaway weekend.


Only a short drive from the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, the Chazen museum has a wide range of artwork—something of interest for everyone. Enjoy lectures, gallery talks, panel discussions, music and dance performances and family friendly children events. All lectures and demonstrations are free of charge and open to the general public. The museum offers gallery tours on a limited basis, be sure to check the museums schedule before departing.

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Step into historic Madison Wisconsin’s past and discover its geological history. Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep-rooted past. Touch rocks from a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and you could see volcanoes in Wisconsin. See rocks and minerals that glow and sea creatures that lived and swam where Wisconsin residents now work and play. The museum is truly a family friendly place to visit, so why not visit it today and let your mind and eyes travel back in time and imagine what life was like before modern times. Museum hours are limited so be sure to check hours before you depart from the hotel.

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Recognized as the site of historic research in ecological restoration, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum includes the oldest collection of restored ecological communities in the world. Free, informational tours of Longenecker Gardens and the Native Plant Gardens that surround the Arboretum Visitor Center are led by experts and take place from April through June, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. until dark. The Center also hosts public walking tours for groups as well as the general public. It is family friendly and hosts kid oriented nature hikes that include stories and crafts. These tours are limited so please plan in advance.

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Glimmering against the picturesque waters of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota is the majestic granite structure of Wisconsin's Capitol building. It was built between 1906 and 1917. Exceeding to a height of over 200 feet, the building is capped by and gilded bronze statue. Inside the Madison Capitol building there are over forty three varieties of stone. It is an architectural beauty and is best experienced in person. It is open to the public weekdays until six o’clock and until four o’clock weekends. Tours are free.

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The first American farmers’ markets were imitations of those held across Europe. Farmers from the countryside came into town on horse-drawn wagons to sell their produce to the city folk. Most markets took place in empty lots on a major boulevard or thoroughfare. This is where “Market Streets” came from. The Dane County Farmers Market has become a Madison Tradition. The event is hosted every Saturday and Wednesday. You’ll find the season’s best bounty of vegetables, flowers, and specialty products from approximately 300 vendors throughout the year. All of the agriculturally-related items are produced in Wisconsin.

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center sits on the shore of picturesque Lake Monona in the heart of Madison's vibrant cultural and central business and entertainment district. It is only minutes from the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. With over 85,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the Monona Terrace is designed not only to meet the high-tech demands of convention and trade shows, but provides a comfortable environment for memorable and effective meetings.

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If you’re looking to spend quality time with your children, the Madison Children’s Museum is the right place! The Museum offers a unique opportunity to have fun learning alongside your child, building memories that last a lifetime. Hands-on exhibits and programs are designed to inspire lifelong learning through play, celebrating children’s imaginations. The Museum is located on Capital Square. Hours are limited so please plan ahead.

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On June 30, 1904, Col. William F. and Anna M. Vilas gave a large tract of land to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association. From 1905 through 1910, the Vilas family donated additional money for improvements. Additional public donations of $10,000 were raised for the enlargement and improvement of the park. The park was named in memory of the Vilas' son, Henry, who died at a young age due to complications from diabetes. In 1911, the first animal exhibits were created, representing the start of the Henry Vilas Zoo.

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Located only minutes from the Howard Johnson Hotel Madison, WI, Is the Wisconsin Historical Museum which is located on Madison's Capitol Square. It is full of wonderful information about the state's abounding history. Explore Wisconsin's unique birthright and an assortment of other American history topics through artifacts, photographs, full-scale dioramas, audio-visual presentations, and interactive multimedia programs.

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Explore the University of Wisconsin – Madison through a guided walking tour. These 100-minute tours of campus are led by experienced tour guides and highlight campus life, academics and the history of the university. They are offered at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at noon, Saturday and Sunday, throughout the year. (Note: See below for exceptions to this schedule*). Reservations are recommended.

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