There’s much to explore at Monona Terrace. From a moving tribute to a rock-and-roll legend to daily tours, there’s something for everyone. If getting out and seeing the city is more your style, visit the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at visitmadison.com for current events, and an endless array of options for dining, entertainment, culture, sports, and recreation.
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Monona Terrace produces and helps sponsor community programs that serve over 43,000 people each year. Click here for more information.
An essential design element of the building was to keep the pre-existing 12-kilometer pathway around Lake Monona. The bike path and walkway wrap around the building, and there is an elevator on the east side that can accommodate up to three bicycles and riders at a time. The elevator, which was the first of its kind in Madison, enables bikers to move from the lake level to the Wilson Street level.
Refuel and recharge with coffee, pastries, sandwiches and snacks. Located in the Grand Terrace on Level 4, the GrandView Café is open when large events are in the building. Please click on the “Today @ MT” icon on the www.MononaTerrace.com home page, call 608–261–4000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for current GrandView Café days and hours of operation. Please view the GrandView Café menu.
Lake Vista Café is open Mon 11am -3pm, Tues-Sun 11am-7pm (8p in June-August). Check back in May for the season opening date. Enjoy sprawling views of Lake Monona and downtown Madison’s cityscape at Lake Vista Café, located in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden. Featuring menu offerings such as tandori chicken skewers, hand tossed salads, Creole crab cakes and local, seasonal specialties. It’s the perfect stop for lunch, dinner or happy hour.
With a panoramic view that encompasses Lake Monona, the State Capitol and the near east and west sides of Madison, the Rooftop Garden is the crown jewel of Monona Terrace. In addition to exquisite trees, plants and foliage, the garden features a seasonal concession café. The garden is open Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. For the safety of our guests, the garden is closed during inclement weather. Call 608.261.4000 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to find out if the rooftop is open for visitors.
The vivid colors and character of this 600-square-foot room serve as backdrop for the many commemorative plaques honoring the inductees to the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. These individuals have shown outstanding ability and leadership in athletics. The room comfortably holds 40 people in theatre-style seating and approximately 20 in conference-style seating. The Hall of Fame room may be used at no room rental cost up to three times per calendar year to qualifying Dane county 501(c)(3) educational or charitable organizations. For more information, call 608.261.4000.
A memorial to celebrated soul singer Otis Redding is located in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden. On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding died in a plane crash in Lake Monona, not far from where Monona Terrace stands today.