Continuing on our journey , It was time to explore more of Madison city.
After having breakfast in hotel itself we headed towards our first stop,which was just couple of miles from our hotel.
Olbrich Botanical Garden is famous for its vast landscape and is beautifully located next to Lake Monona. There is a stream which flows from Monona right through the gardens and the view of this Starkweather creek is a boon to eyes. We spend couple of hours in this peaceful environment, it has shrubs and trees from various countries. So,to get the best experience must visit this place in Fall season. I specially loved fall colors in Chinese Maple and liked vibrant colors in Thai pavillion, Wildflower garden and birch walk.
Thai Pavilion- Originally, this pavilion was built in Thailand, then dismantled, took almost seven weeks by sea, then rail to Chicago and finally by truck to reach here. Even nine craftsman traveled to Madison and assembled it.
As we had a visit in later fall, so sadly most gardens such as herb and rose didn’t had a lot to offer, but we could see the vast area they have and the diverse flora which might be the reason that its a worth to watch in every weather throughout the year.
Union Memorial Terrace– After Olbrich we headed to Memorial Union, located on the shore of Lake Mendota in University of Wisconsin. There was some construction/ maintenance work going on near Memorial Library and The Pyle Center, so we had to park our car 2-3 blocks away and we took a walk towards the lake. It was a chilly day and to walk in sun felt like the best thing to do. It took us nearly 10 minutes walking by side of Chazen Museum of Art and Kohler art library, through Historical society. We finally reached the bay area by the Union theater and the view was spectacular. It was worth walking down to enjoy the view. We spend nearly half an hour sitting at Memorial Terrace in the serenity.
As we headed back we thought of having a lunch in campus itself. We had our favorite wings(as usual) and Buffalitos with beer at Buffalo wild wings. After having an energetic meal, we headed to Lake Monona.
Lake Monona -It was around 4 p.m when we reached this place opposite Olbrich Botanical Garden. We had a stroll around lakeside and then sat down on benches for nearly an hour before sun finally started going down behind the Capitol.
As the daylight started fading out,it gave us the feeling of contentment.Well it was worth waiting for it in that cold windy day.
Travel Tips :
Where to stay- East side, near East towne mall. Budget hotels, good restaurants nearby.
Duration of stay– 2-3 days.
Attractions- Wisconsin Capitol, Dane County Farmers’ Market, Olbrich Botanical Garden, University of Wisconsin, Lake Mendota,Lake Monona, Henry Vilas Zoo..
Every attraction has ample parking space and paid public parking is very cheap($1-$1.50 per hour).
Well this was our 2 day trip to Madison and we tried to get familiar with this city. If you liked this post,do let us know. Click here for pictures