Wednesday Afternoon Options

After Wednesday morning instruction and lunch, there are no planned instructional activities so you are free to explore Madison, rest, or stick around and talk to instructors or work on your projects.

Transportation and Costs

Please note that School-Organized Activities are all free and walkable. If you are interested in the On Your Own activities also listed, or prefer not to walk, you will be responsible for you own transportation costs and activity costs. We cannot reimburse transportation costs for these Wednesday afternoon activities.

Map of Activity Locations

School-Organized Activities

Immediately following lunch, select School instructors will accompany interested students for the below activities, which are all free and walkable. You are welcome to arrange alternative transportation, but are responsible for any transportation costs.

Activity Detail Logistics
UW-Madison Campus Tour (A in map) 1:15 PM
60-minute tour gather at Union South after Lunch
Tour of Wisconsin State Capitol (B) 3:00 PM (or 2:00 PM on your own)
45-minute tours walk to Capitol after Campus Tour
FREE (or meet at the Capitol main desk)
Concert on the Square (C) 5:00 PM (music at 7:00 PM)
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs; vendors Meet-Up point (C in map)
Christina with blankets in grass near Meet-Up point (C in map)

On Your Own

Though the OSG User School has organized some activities (above) you are also welcome to strike out on your own. Just remember that you'll be responsible for any/all costs, including transportation. We've listed some ideas below.


Activity Detail Logistics
Chazen Museum of Art (D in map) until 5:00 PM
large collections of art from a variety of eras/styles campus (750 Univesity Avenue)
donations welcome short walk from School/Hotels
UW–Madison Geology Museum (E) until 4:30 PM
large collection of geological specimens Geosciences (1215 Dayton Street)
donations welcome across the street from the School building
L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum (F) until 4:00 PM
on-campus, kid-friendly museum Chamberlin Hall (Physics)
donations welcome very short walk from School/Hotels
Henry Vilas Zoo (G) until 5:00 PM
1 mile walk south of Computer Sciences 702 South Randall Avenue
donations welcome Buses 4,44

Some Cost

Activity Detail Logistics
The Sett (A in map) varies per activity
upstairs: sports pub and outdoor terraces Union South (East end)
downstairs: rock climbing, pool, bowling adjacent to School
Tour of First Unitarian Society’s Meeting House (H) at 2:30 PM
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright 900 University Bay Drive
$10 each, ONLY UP TO 10 PEOPLE Buses 2, 10, 15, 56, 57, 70, 71, 72
Olbrich Botanical Gardens (I) until 4:00 PM
16 acres outdoor (FREE) 3330 Atwood Avenue
indoor: $2 conservatory; $7 butterfly house Buses 3, 37, 38
Capital Brewery Tour (J) until 9:00 PM
includes commemorative glass and 4 samples 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton
$7 walk-in Buses 70, 71, 72
Paddling Rentals on Lake Mendota until sunset
up to $17 / hr Memorial Union Terrace