Things to Do


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 for current events, and an endless array of options for dining, entertainment, culture, sports, and recreation.

Daily Public Tours

Click HERE for information on guided tours of Monona Terrace.


Free and Low Cost Community Programs

Monona Terrace produces and helps sponsor community programs that serve over 43,000 people each year. Click here for more information.

Lake Monona Bike & Pedestrian Path

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.

GrandView Café

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 home page, call 608–261–4000 or e-mail for current GrandView Café days and hours of operation. Please view the GrandView Café menu.

Lake Vista Café

Opening Tuesday, May 10 Enjoy sprawling views of Lake Monona and downtown Madison’s cityscape at Lake Vista Café, located in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens. Featuring menu offerings such as breakfast fried rice, hand tossed salads, fish tacos, and local, seasonal specialties. It’s the perfect stop for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Please view the Lake Vista Café menu and drink menu. Open (Weather permitting) Monday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (open until 8:00 p.m. June – August). Brunch is served daily until 2:00pm. Lake Vista Café will be closed Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.


William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden

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.


Personalized Tile Locations

Personalized tiles are located on the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden and on the Olin Terrace approach to Monona Terrace. This booklet shows the locations of specific tiles.


The Hall of Fame Room

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.

The Otis Redding Memorial

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.

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