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  • Things To Do This Winter In Madison

    Beer & Cheese Fest

    On January 21st the Isthmus will be hosting a Beer & Cheese Fest at the Alliant Energy Center. Just a quick 2 mile bus ride from the hostel will get you to the best beer and cheese Wisconsin has to offer! Click here for more information and tickets.

    Zoo Lights

    Henry Vilas Zoo is turned into a winter wonderland every December! For just $7 you can enjoy this festive Madison tradition Thursday - Sunday until January 1st. Visit vilaszoo.org/zoolights for more information.

    Madison Winter Festival

    Madison’s annual Winter Festival is February 18th & 19th. For the first year ever it will be held at the beautiful Elver Park! Just a short bus ride from the Hostel will get you to and from the event to see the ice sculptures, cross country skiing, and sledding. Visit winter-fest.com for more information.

    Photo credit: Michelle Stocker
    Photo credit: Michelle Stocker

    Cross Country Ski

    Fresh powder all year! Elver Park will be making snow all winter and have lights for skiing until 9PM. Six other parks in Madison will be offering groomed trails creating a total of 22 miles of trails! Can’t travel with your skis? Many locations have ski, boot, and pole rentals available for under $10. Learn more at cityofmadison.com/parks/crosscountryskiing.

    Taste Midwest Cuisine

    Madison is home to some amazing restaurants. Some of our favorites include the amazing Cheese Curds at The Old Fashioned, Brunch at Short Stack, and Ian’s Mac & Cheese Pizza. Be sure to ask our staff for some restaurant recommendations while you’re in Madison!

    Attend a Badger Basketball Game!

    This winter the University of Madison will be decked in red supporting the Badgers basketball team! With the Kohl Center just blocks from the hostel be sure to show some local support and go watch a game. While tickets are difficult to get our staff can do it’s best to call the athletic ticket office or check online for resale tickets. Visit uwbadgers.com for more information and to buy tickets.

    Photo credit: Bryce Richter
    Photo credit: Bryce Richter

    Ice Skating

    Located between two HUGE lakes one can imagine all the ice skating opportunities you have in Madison this winter. Be sure to check out all these amazing skating events happening at The Edgewater! Visit cityofmadison.com/parks/iceskating for more information.

    Visit Wisconsin’s State Capitol

    The State Capitol will have a new look during the holiday season with a 40 plus foot Christmas tree! Visit tours.wisconsin.gov for more information.


    See a Show

    Some days it’s best to do an indoor activity. Madison is filled with tons of theater options and most are located just blocks from the Hostel - including the amazing Overture Center! Visit overture.org/events for an upcoming schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

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