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Capitalize on fun and adventure in Madison

Nestled on an isthmus between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, Madison is 1 giant playground for kids and adults alike. Whether you're fishing on crystal blue waters or enjoying a lakeside bike ride, you'll find plenty of fun outdoor activities. Madison combines the bustling frenzy of a capital city with the laid-back charm of a quaint college town. No matter where your Madison vacation rental puts you, you're never far from scores of major attractions, including world-renowned museums, theaters, shopping districts, and sports venues, many of which are located on the University of Wisconsin's sprawling campus.


From boating to beer fests, Madison is buzzing year-round

When the weather's warm, local lakes are filled with sailboats and swimmers, while hikers and picnickers soak up some rays in city parks. During the summer, the capitol hosts a farmers' market in the Capitol Square and free weekly concerts on the lawn. Get ready to hoist your stein at the annual summer event, the Great Taste of the Midwest craft beer festival. The fun doesn't end with the arrival of snow so bundle up and set out for an afternoon of ice skating, ice hockey, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing during the winter months.


Sunny summers, frosty winters, and everything in between

Bundle up if you're booking your Madison vacation rental for the winter when daytime highs can dip below freezing and heavy snowfall occurs, particularly from December through February. Conditions start to warm up by late spring as temperatures reach the high 60s and steady rain keeps the flowers blooming. You'll be looking to cool off with a dip in the lake by summer, when temps can soar to the 90s, heavy rains fall, and humidity is high. The cooling-off period starts again in the fall, with highs dropping as low as the mid-40s.

Natural features

A watery menagerie of sparkling lakes and rivers

A complex sequence of waterways run through Madison, including the Yahara River, which connects many of the area lakes. While Lakes Monona and Mendota sit in the heart of the city, Lake Wingra shares a shoreline with some popular attractions _ the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and Henry Vilas Zoo _ and neighboring Lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa bustle with outdoor adventure seekers. Soak up views of the skyline from various spots around the city, including Picnic Point, a peninsula that jets out into Lake Mendota. County parks and nature preserves offer marshland, wooded regions, and prairies for further exploration.


Transportation options to and around Madison

Fly into Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional), the closest airport, located 4.8 mi (7.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Madison?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 95 vacation rentals near Madison. From 45 Houses to 12 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Madison for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Madison?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Madison. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: 92 vacation rentals
  • Camp Randall Stadium: 92 vacation rentals
  • Wisconsin State Capitol: 92 vacation rentals
  • Madison Area Technical College Downtown Campus: 92 vacation rentals
  • University Research Park: 94 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Madison listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Madison?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 45 Houses in Madison. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Madison include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 12 rentals available
  • Cabins: 15 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Madison?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6 vacation rentals with pool available in Madison. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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