Things to Do

Listed below are some planning information and links as you prepare to attend the 2020 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Madison, WI

Visitor Information: Destination Madison

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It’s easy to find free, fun things to do in Madison! Our area is graced with five sparkling lakes and stunning landscapes that lend themselves to endless hours of outdoor fun. Plus, playing home to the state capitol and UW-Madison campus creates amazing amenities that you can take advantage of any day of the week. Scroll to see an array of ways you can spend little—while seeing a lot—in our city.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens—Free admission daily
Stroll through 16 acres of breathtaking outdoor display gardens featuring the ornate Thai Pavilion—the only one in North America and only one in four pavilions located outside Thailand.

Bolz Conservatory—Free admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings
Step inside Olbrich Gardens indoor garden space, a glass pyramid that reaches to 50 feet tall and is filled with exotic plants, bright flowers, a rushing waterfall and free-flying birds.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum—Free exploration year-round
Explore the Arboretum's 1,200 acres on your own or schedule a private guided tour. The Arboretum features gardens, ecological communities including woodlands, savannas, prairies, and wetlands, and 20 miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.

Biking and Hiking—Free exploration year-round
In total, there are more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails in the Madison area. Discover the best trails for your type of fun, from hiking to mountain biking, in the city or around surrounding towns.

Campgrounds with RV Sites

Alliant Energy Center
36 RV sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only. No reservations are accepted.
$35 per night, cash or check only - includes water and electric.
All spots are self-registration on-site.

To access the RV lot, enter the Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713) through the main gate off of Rimrock Road. Take the second right after the parking attendant booths. In the corner of the lot you’ll find a kiosk with instructions for self-registration, payment and obtaining a parking sticker. Once you have a parking sticker you can claim any of the open, marked RV spots.

If all spots are full when you arrive you will need to use one of the alternate RV sites listed below. You can also explore the additional options below if you’d like to register in advance.

Additional RV site options:

Dane County Parks

1. William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park
4330 Libby Rd. Madison, WI
2.9 miles from Alliant Energy Center
39 RV sites

2. Babcock County Park
4214 Hwy 51, McFarland, WI
7.8 miles from Alliant Energy Center
25 RV sites

Mendota County Park
5133 Co Hwy M, Middleton, WI 53562
11.2 miles from Alliant Energy Center
30 RV sites

3. Token Creek County Park
6200 Hwy 51, DeForest, WI
16.1 miles from Alliant Energy Center
31 RV sites


Additional Campgrounds with RV Sites

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