Madison Apartments for Rent
Four sparkling blue lakes connected by the winding Yahara River shimmer like the gems in a necklace. Surrounding the lakes, lush green hillsides hide small, quirky towns and villages. At the heart of it all is downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
Fast-growing Madison is the second-largest city in the state for many reasons, and natural beauty is definitely one. The fact that residents tend to be fit, healthy and active is another. Madison is known as a bicycling hub, and it is common to see cyclists using the designated bike lanes that line the streets, as well as one of the best bike trail systems in the country. Other outdoor activities include cross-country skiing, hiking, and boating.
Founded in 1839, the city of Madison wraps around a large green square. The courthouse is located here, and as the capital of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County, Wisconsin is home to many government buildings. The Capitol Square is home to the Dane County Farmers’ Market, which sells breads, cheeses, fresh produce, meat, and other goods. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra offers free concerts during the summer in the Square, as well.
Two main streets run along either side of the Square, featuring uniquely different attractions. State Street is a pedestrian mall that leads to the University of Wisconsin. This area caters to a younger crowd with cafes, shops, galleries, and trendy restaurants. King Street is located on the other side of the Square and contains high-end restaurants.
The University of Wisconsin was founded in 1848 and contains several historic buildings, such as the iconic Bascom Hall, built in 1857. This highly-respected university is heavily research-based and is organized into 20 different schools. The Wisconsin Badgers are in NCAA Division 1. The football team plays at Camp Randall Stadium. The hockey and basketball teams play at the Kohl Center.