I would definitely recommend renting out a fire pit at picnic point for a night. There are five locations to choose from and the wood is provided(bring kindling). Also, rent kayaks/paddle boards from the terrace for a day on Lake Mendota. For late night activities, I would recommend the piano bar on state street.
I would highly suggest the Farmer’s market down by Capital Square when it is in season. It is usually on Saturday mornings and they have really good fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the best cheesy bread I’ve ever had.
I would highly recommend my favorite restaurant on campus: Ha Long Bay. It serves traditional Southeast Asian food including Thai, Vietnamese & Laotian dishes. It is located on Willy St. and it is so popular that it is always difficult to get seated without waiting for 30+ minutes. If you do go I highly recommend the pad thai or the squash curry dish.
Something that has been on my Madison bucket list for a while now is a Mallard’s game. I have heard great things from other people and there have also been some pretty good baseball players who have played for the Mallard’s recently, so that should definitely be something you try to do.
Hey Adam! You’re probably pretty close to graduating by now, but I hope you were able to do some of the things mentioned above as your days on campus wind down–I’m sure you’ve probably done this by now, but if you haven’t made it over to Mickey’s Dairy Bar yet, that is a must! Best of luck after graduation!
I think to create a list of restaurants with friends to go to before you graduate. I know whenever I have the time/money to go out, I always revert to the same 3-5 places. Go on google and find restaurants you can travel to and find some local places to eat at.