Madison is Wisconsin's capital. People who would like to purchase real estate in Madison WI will find large houses, small houses and condos. Many of the city's large houses have six bedrooms. Those who would rather have smaller homes can buy houses with three, four or five bedrooms. Condos in Madison have between one and four bedrooms.
The Madison area was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years before European settlers came to the area during the 19th century. James Doty traveled through the Madison area in 1829. He was impressed with the scenery, and he bought land to establish a town. He named the town after James Madison. Madison became the capital of Wisconsin in 1848. It was incorporated as a city in 1856. The city experienced rapid growth between 1850 and 1900. People can learn more about Madison's history at www.wisconsinhistory.org/madison and www.historicmadison.org.
Parks and Recreation
People who purchase homes in Madison WI will find plenty of things to do outdoors in the city's parks. There are hiking trails at Elver Park and Glacier Crossing Park. People can play softball at Olbrich Park and Goodman Park. Door Creek Park and Brittingham Park have tennis courts. Families will enjoy the picnic areas and playgrounds at Arbor Hills Park and Hiestand Park. Madison residents can cool off during the summer at Goodman Pool and Cypress Spray Park. Goodman Pool has water slides and diving boards. Those who enjoy winter sports can ice skate at Triangle Park and go sledding on the hill at Berkley Park. People can snowshoe on the trails at Hoyt Park and ski on the trails at Door Creek Park.
Warner Park Recreation Center has a gym, an exercise room, craft rooms and a game room. Madison residents can rent the meeting rooms here for private events. The center's phone number is 608-245-3690.
More information about parks in Madison is available at www.cityofmadison.com/residents/recreation.
Attractions and Activities
Madison's museums have a variety of exhibits. Children will enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Madison Children's Museum. The museum's website is madisonchildrensmuseum.org. Art lovers will have a good time visiting the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chazen Museum of Art. The websites for these museums are mmoca.org and chazen.wisc.edu. History lovers will be interested in the exhibits at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Information about these exhibits is available at historicalmuseum.wisconsinhistory.org. These museums, shops and restaurants are in downtown Madison. People can learn more about things to do in downtown Madison at visitdowntownmadison.com.
Outdoor attractions in Madison include a zoo, botanical gardens and golf courses. Information about the city's golf courses is available at www.cityofmadison.com/golf.
Truckloads of snow are brought into Madison for the Madison Winter Festival in February. More information is available at winter-fest.com. People can enjoy sausages, fireworks and a carnival during the Brat Fest in May. This event's website is bratfest.com. Information about the Dane County Fair in July is available at danecountyfair.com. A calendar of events in Madison is available at www.visitmadison.com.