Things To Do This Winter In Madison, WI | HI USA Hostels

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Things To Do This Winter In Madison

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin

Beer & Cheese Fest

On January 20th, 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 twinkling wonderland every winter! For just $7 you can enjoy this festive Madison tradition Thursday - Sunday from November 24 through December 31st. Visit for more information.

Photo credit: Michelle Stocker
Photo credit: Michelle Stocker

Cross Country Ski

Enjoy 22 miles of signed and groomed trails in seven of Madison’s parks. Can’t travel with your skis? Many locations have ski, boot, and pole rentals available for under $10. Learn more at

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 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 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 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 for an upcoming schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

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