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Highlights Madison

  • Family-friendly destination
  • Lakeside beaches
  • Botanical gardens

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Vacation rentals in Madison

A quintessentially American City

Set on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is a charming, family-friendly capital city with endless things to do year-round. During the summer months, you can visit the several lakeside beaches for swimming and boating. During the winter months, the lakes freeze over, and you can go ice-skating or ice-fishing! Year-round, the downtown district offers spectacular shopping, dining, sightseeing, and a vibrant cultural scene.

Finding your perfect Madison vacation rental

Madison offers a diverse range of vacation rentals depending on what best suits your travel needs. Stay in a neighborhood near the downtown district, or closer to the lake for serene lake-views. Many rentals in the city are oversized and can accommodate families or large groups. Quaint, cozy rentals are also available for couples or solo travelers. Opt for a rental with a lush, green garden space for a bit of nature during your city-stay. There are pet-friendly rentals if you’ll be traveling with your pets.

Holidays in Madison

The area and getting around

Arriving in Madison

If you plan on arriving to Madison by plane, the closest nearby airport is Dane County Regional Traux Field Airport, which is just under 6 miles away from the downtown area. The closest international airport is Chicago Rockford International Airport, about 60 miles, or a 1.5-hour drive away. Car rental companies are available at both airports if you plan on renting a car during your vacation. Otherwise, Uber, Lyft, and taxis are available for getting around.

Getting around the city

Madison has been named one of the most walkable cities in the entire country! Although having a car does make all the points of interest more accessible, getting around on foot is also an option. The city is also very-bike friendly, with a plethora of bike paths and bike rental companies available.

Travelers and activities

Madison for Couples

You’ll love exploring Madison with your significant other. Head to The Chazen Museum of Art, which is set inside a stunning, modern building and features permanent exhibits, paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolors, prints, and photography. The museum frequently features traveling exhibits as well. It’s a great afternoon or rainy-day activity! Rent bikes, or go on foot, to the Capital City State trail. The paved, 17-mile, lakeside trail is an excellent place to go for a walk or a bike-ride in the city. A lot of the trail is shaded, with plenty of grassy areas to stop for a picnic or a rest.

Madison for families

Madison has plenty to do for families of all ages. Families with children should head to Henry Vilas Zoo, where admission is free and the animals are abundant! The AZA-accredited zoo is located in downtown Madison and serves to conserve and protect many species of wildlife. Kids can see and learn about over 100 species of animals, including Aldabra tortoises and African lions! Go for a family walk at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and Geology Museum, where kids can learn about plants and rocks from all over the world. The center is home to over 1,260 acres of restored ecological communities, including savannas, forests, wetlands, tall grass prairies, flowering trees, flowers, and a world-famous lilac collection.

„The capitol city was named after James Madison, America’s fourth president.“

Top 5 travel tips in Madison

1. Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wander through an oasis in the middle of the city in Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The lush gardens feature several varieties of smaller gardens within the sprawling grounds, including a rose garden, a rock garden, an herb garden, a wildflower garden, a perennial garden, and a conservatory. It’s a delightful place to stroll around for a couple of hours. Plus, entry is free. Be sure not to miss out on the Thai Pavillion!

2. Visit one or many of the 12 public beaches

Madison is home to twelve sandy lakeside beaches, each with their own unique appeal. Esther Beach Park is one of the most popular ones, with a clean beach area and a spectacular view of the city skyline. B.B. Clarke Beach Park is a great beach park for fishing, swimming, kayaking, and sun bathing, with a playground for children. If you find yourself in Madison during the colder months, head to Brittingham Beach, which is popular for ice fishing!

3. Stroll through downtown Madison

The charming, historical streets of downtown Madison are full of art galleries, unique boutiques, small-businesses, cafés, bars, and over 140 top-rated restaurants. The downtown district spans seven blocks, from Capitol Square to the University of Wisconsin, so you can easily spend an entire day exploring the downtown area, browsing the shops, and trying the restaurants. For an excellent fine-dining meal, stop by Eno Vino Downtown for their unique tapas and impressive wine list.

4. Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol

If you love visiting impressive works of architecture and learning about history, then you won’t want to miss out on a tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol. The building is constructed out of over 43 types of marble, granite, and limestone. There is an observation deck with a spectacular 360-degree view of downtown Madison!

5. Memorial Union Terrace

Take a seat at the iconic terrace tables and chairs at Memorial Union Terrace. Known as one of the best spots in the city for people-watching, relaxing, and enjoying daily live music, it’s an absolute must while you’re in the city. Bring a picnic, or grab a few scoops of the famous Babcock Ice Cream while you hang out.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Madison

How much does it cost to book a vacation rental in Madison?

Considering the average cost of $411.34 per night, Madison lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in the USA.

Which months allow you to save the most on vacation rentals?

According to our most recent data, the months with the most reduced prices in Madison are January, July and June, with average prices of $349.82, $362.22, and $367.59, respectively.

When are vacation rentals more expensive in Madison?

It can be concluded, by analyzing the data from the year 2020, that costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of December ($557.51), October ($470.18), and May ($447.94).

Is Madison a good location for a last-minute getaway?

When visiting Madison, we recommend you to plan ahead as 75% of rentals are usually booked, according to last year's data.

When are more vacation rentals available?

April, January and February are, in order of highest to lowest, the months offering the largest number of accommodations free, with respective average availability figures of 41%, 40%, and 34.6%.

When are fewer rentals available in Madison?

The accommodations in Madison reach their peak in demand in August, with an availability rate of 9.6%. The second most requested month is September, with 15.75%, and the third is June with 16.75%.

How many vacation rentals does Holidu have in Madison?

Holidu has 20 properties in Madison, provided by 3 different partners.

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