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  • Great Fall Hikes: Madison’s Spectacular Fall Vistas

    Perfect locations to see and experience the beauty of fall abound around Madison, Indiana. Start the weekend with a cozy…

  • Madison’s Wild West Rodeo Show – Coming Sept. 23rd & 24th

    Yeehaw! Round up your pals, youngins, and sweethearts and get yourself down to the Jefferson County 4H Fairgrounds on Friday,…

  • Event Tickets

    40th Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes BACK TO BACK WEEKENDS: Nov. 25th & 26th and Dec. 2nd &…

  • Madison Welcomes Diversity & Promotes Inclusion

    Matt Chandler, owner of The Chandler Collection, proud Madisonian and LGBTQ+ member and advocate, wrote this blog to celebrate diversity…

  • Celebrate National Trails Day in Madison, Indiana!

    Saturday, June 4th is National Trails Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than right here in Madison and…

  • Tour Madison’s History All Summer Long!

    Did you know that Madison is America’s largest contiguous national historic landmark district? We have 133 blocks of pure historic…

  • Movie Magic in Madison, Indiana

    Did you know that Madison has a history of being the backdrop for several short films and movies? Back in…

  • Memorial Day Weekend in Madison, Indiana

    As the weather gets warmer and we inch closer to summer, Memorial Day Weekend is fresh on everyone’s mind! When…

  • National Travel and Tourism Week 2022 Photo Contest – NOW CLOSED

    The 2022 NTTW Photo Contest is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated! National Travel & Tourism Week…

  • Derby Fashion in Madison, Indiana

    Springtime in Madison is an enchanting affair. Our stores begin to open earlier and stay open longer, lush blossoms and…

  • Mad Hop Music Festival 2022

    Because Madison is known as Indiana’s Music City, it would only be natural for us to be home to several…

  • Madison Railroad

    All Aboard to Madison’s Railroad Station!

    Madison’s 1895 Railroad Station Museum reopens on March 1st! As the largest national contiguous historic landmark district, our river town…

  • What To Do For 2022 Girls’ Weekend

    Ladies, do you have your golden ticket for an incredible girls weekend? If you haven’t already, you can still snatch…

  • Reenacting Patsy Harris

    Black History Month in Madison and Jefferson County Indiana

    Madison, Indiana, being in a Northern state directly across the Ohio River from the southern state of Kentucky made our…

  • Most Romantic Main Street

    The Magic of Madison Indiana stirs the soul, inspires its residents and visitors and attracts lovers from all ages. Sitting…

  • Madison’s Outdoors Are Calling!

    They say it takes twenty-one days to successfully establish a habit…but what about fifty-two weeks? That is the mission of…

  • Water/Ways at Jefferson County Public Library

    “Water an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.” – Indiana Humanities The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition Water/Ways…

  • American Queen Voyages 2022 Docking Schedule

    American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Co.) returns to the shores of the Ohio River! From May to November…

  • After Chautauqua We Are Still Surrounded by the Arts

    Another Chautauqua weekend has come and passed; this year came with beautiful weather and a very large crowd! With the…

  • 20th Annual Madison Municipal Air Show

    Requesting landing clearance for an out-of-this-world weekend at the 20th Annual Madison Air Show! Come out on Saturday, September 25,…

  • FALLing in love with Madison

    Madison is beautiful all year round, but fall is a particularly special time in our picturesque Rivertown.  There are so…

  • Rockin’ on the River Car Show & Concert

    Start your engines and get to Madison, IN this Saturday, September 4th for the Rockin’ on the River Car Show…

  • Dog Days of #MadisonINSummer

    Planning a trip is fun, but planning a trip where your dog can come along is even better! Madison offers…

  • Indiana’s Quintessential River Town

    Looking for a beautiful weekend getaway or a fun family vacation spot? Look no further than Madison, Indiana! We are…

  • Explore different videos about Madison, Indiana! Things to do, see, learn, explore and so much more!

    Might we remind you that we are the largest contiguous in the U.S.? Travel vloggers ‘The LKS Address’ did an…

  • Summertime Fun in Madison

    Summer in Madison can be whatever you want it to be.  Whether you are looking for a family getaway, romantic…

  • From Cincinnati to Main Street Madison

    The Iron Gate Inn Bed & Breakfast on Main Street has been in operation in Madison since 2005 and is…

  • Madison Travel Updates

    Visit Madison, Inc. strives to make sure every visitor experience in Historic Madison, Indiana  (Jefferson County) is the best it…

  • Celebrate in Merry Madison!

    Every holiday season Madison, Indiana is filled with magical things to see and do. Some events won’t be happening, but…

  • Explore the Ohio River Scenic Byway

    Madison is located along The Ohio River Scenic Byway in southern Indiana, between Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH.  Of course,…

  • Madison Zoom Backgrounds

    Put yourself in Madison, Indiana! Quick & Easy Zoom Background Instructions: 1. Right Click and SAVE the image(s) you want…

  • Madison, Indiana Digital Jigsaw Puzzles

    One way to pass the time is to complete these digital jigsaw puzzles of Historic Madison, Indiana! We’ve created 25…

  • Help Us, Help You: Take Our Survey!

    We need your help and we want your thoughts. Calling all our Madison/Jefferson County locals, repeat visitors, community supporters and even those…

  • To Our Visitors, See Y’all Soon

    During this unprecedented event, it is our mission to keep our residents and visitors informed and focus on the health…

  • Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

    The 2019 Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature six private homes, one churches, the Lanier Mansion, the…

  • cookies Cookies COOKIES!

    Nights Great Cookie Caper Gobble up some great cookies at the Nights Great Cookie Caper this Friday from 4 to…

  • HOLIDAY EVENTS BROCHURE

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  • Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues

    Rockin’ Blues, Barbeque, & Family Fun at Madison Ribberfest The riverfront in Madison, Indiana will be rocking to the soulful…

  • The Indiana Wine Trail Celebrates Fall with a Haul!

    The Indiana Wine Trail is painted with a peak of Fall color, and celebrates with its 12th Annual Fall Haul,…

  • Fall In Love With Madison

    It’s been a hot summer and fall is right around the corner. We’ve been getting a little tease of fall…

  • You Gotta Regatta

    Everyone is busy getting ready for Madison Regatta, on the riverfront, July 4th-July 7th.  Madison Regatta is in its 69th…

  • The Indiana Wine Trail celebrates 9th annual “Souper Saturday”

    February 23rd, 11am-5pm, The Indiana Wine Trail will provide a refuge to the late winter weather for its’ patrons with…

  • St. Paddy’s Party

    Celebrate Madison’s Irish Culture and St. Paddy’s Day with the below events: Sunday 3/11: The Fireside Series at Thomas Family…

  • I Love Being a Tourist in My Own Hometown.

    It was a lovely, clear Saturday morning when my husband and I took the Madison’s Treasures architectural walking tour offered…

  • Spooky Madison

    It’s that time of year that all kinds of spooky things start happening in Madison. It all starts on Friday,…

  • Spring into the Valley

    Spring temperatures are finally returning, just in time for the 9th annual Indiana Wine Trail “Spring into the Valley”, April…

  • Spring Break

    Bring the family to Madison for an easy getaway! Got a budding architect or history professor? Bring the kids &…

  • Celebrate the State Bicentennial in Madison

  • Monthly Bluegrass at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds

    It might seem like the flurry of events in Madison tapers off come January. In fact, on the Visit Madison…

  • Jumping for Joy at Kangaroos

    It’s four days after Christmas, and I’m here at Kangaroos Family Fun Center with my 6-year old daughter. Today is…

  • Red Peppermint: A Refreshing Break

    Looking for a wonderful place to take a break from the heat and cool down? How about a great venue…

  • Rockin’ Blues & Barbeque at Madison Ribberfest

    August 15 & 16, Madison’s riverfront will be filled with the soulful sounds of blues and the smoky aroma of…

  • Jet Boat Dinner Rides

    Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC is now taking riders from Madison Indiana on Friday evening dinner trips on the…

  • Videos

    Lately, as the Visitor Center Intern, I have put together several videos, some with the help of the other interns…

  • Education and Fun at History Camp

    I have been taking my 6-year-old daughter to History Camp this week, and she loves it. We are fortunate enough…

  • Hoosier Run Motorcycle Ride

    From April – September, Thunder Roads Indiana is sponsoring the first Hoosier Thunder Run riding contest for motorcycle riders throughout…

  • Crystal & Jules…An Excellent Dining Experience Right Here in Madison

    Looking for a night out on the town? A great place to start; Crystal & Jules right on Main Street.…

  • Red Pepperoni Great Place for a Quick Meal, Take Out, or Sit & and Relax

    Need a great place for lunch or dinner?  The wonderful thing about Red Pepperoni is the variety in dining. If…

  • Visit Madison Indiana APP

    There’s a new way for you to get information about Madison right in the palm of your hands. Visit Madison,…

  • Still Growing and Going Strong after 43 Years

    The Attic & Coffee Mill Cafe;  what a wonderful legacy of 43 years of serving their neighborhood, City of Madison,…

  • Sure Beats Swimming Across the River

    I usually talk about food, however, with the Milton-Madison bridge closed during Janet Rockin Tconstruction, we have two wonder Captains…

  • Come to Horst’s for Breakfast and More

    When someone wants to meet me for a morning meeting, l always say meet me at Horst’s. Horst & Mary…

  • Any Spring Break Left?

    For many kids, spring break has been shortened because of the really, really hard winter this year.  But some of…

  • Deal With the Dealers!

    Looking for a bargain or want to match wits?  Seven of Madison’s antique & collectible businesses have joined together for…

  • A Taste of Ireland

    Are you ready for another night on the town, well. how about several nights.  Mark Jones and our Celtic Society is…

  • Key West Shrimp House

    What can you say about the KWSH, the service, food and ambiance is consistently great for over 41 years. During…

  • Cupid’s Culinary Caper Part Deux

    Looking for a great evening during Valentine week? You are in luck, we are having our 2nd Cupid’s Culinary Caper…

  • Dining with Dave at the Pines

    This is the first posting from our new dining guru – Dave Adams.  Almost every night of the week you…

  • Weekend Away in Madison

    Need to getaway for the weekend but also get some shopping done? The Nouveau Noelle happens this Saturday and Sunday,…

  • Nouveau Noelle

    Nouveau Noelle a Progressive Holiday Wine Gift Basket Southeast Indiana Wine Trail’s Best Looking for the perfect gift and a…

  • Not Your Everyday Santa

    Enjoy old-fashioned Christmas fun for children and their families at The Spirit of Christmas Past on Saturday, Dec. 14 from…

  • Historic Broadway Hotel & Tavern

    After Thanksgiving and tired of turkey? No need to cook! You can always discovery something delicious at “Indiana’s Oldest Tavern.”…

  • Limited Time Wine

    ONLY TWO DAYS! – Thanksgiving Release: Finishing up last minute Thanksgiving Plans? The Thomas Family Winery has released two new…

  • Earnest and Art

    Escape the stresses of the holidays by enjoying the hilarious play by Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” starting…

  • Gingerbread House Time

    Icing, candies, more icing, more candies! On Saturday, November 23 take everyone 5 and up to JCHS to show-off their…

  • Nights Before Christmas Home Tour

    The holiday season is already kicking into gear in Madison. Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes takes place November…

  • Scare-Free Haunts: Local Historian Brings Madison’s History to Life

    Local history lovers, like Autumn Kruer of A Step Back in Time, bring a voice to times of old. Kruer…

  • Halloween Weekend Madison Style

    If you’re at a loss for what to do on Halloween weekend, there are plenty fun events going on in…

  • BOOHAHAHAHA!

    Late October and Halloween are my favorite time of the year.  There’s so much going on and so many good…

  • Night Spirits

    Costumed actors portray “spirits” in the dimly lit rooms of the Lanier Mansion during the seventh annual Night Spirits program…

  • Family Friendly Event Includes Art, Music, & Food

    Come over to our family friendly Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art September 28-29, 2013 between Main Street to the Ohio…

  • My Favorite Fall Weekend in Madison

    There are just a few days left until my favorite fall weekend arrives.  I’m looking forward to shopping like crazy…

  • Arts Month Classes

    September is “Arts Month” in Madison, but one does not have to just be a spectator. There are often opportunities…

  • Cha-what-qua?

    I’ve heard it pronounced in a variety of ways and trying to spell it is always interesting.  The Madison Chautauqua…

  • Your Art Connection

    Madison has always had a love for and interest in the arts.  As far back as the first Chautauqua Camp…

  • Special Visit on the Riverfront in September

    This is definitely something that you won’t see everyday.  The LST 325, a Landing Ship Tank, a 328 foot long…

  • Music Fills the Air in August

    Music will fill the air in Madison this August beginning with Music in the Park on August 9th featuring Slick…

  • We Demolished a Bridge…

    Well, part of one.  Because of the construction of the new Milton Madison Bridge that spans the Ohio River, the…

  • Long Live the Queens

    There is something magic that happens on Madison’s riverfront during the summer season – the return of the Queen of…

  • Live Cigar Box Blues with Jimmy Davis

    The cigar box guitar has an interesting history, which dates back to the era of the Civil War. These homemade…

  • It’s a Bridge!

    Everyone is excited to see the new Milton-Madison Bridge project moving along.  Just a couple of weeks ago, the new…

  • Music in the Park Returns

    The return of Music in the Park is a sure sign that the summer season has arrived.  What a great…

  • Favorite Free Things To Do in June

    Come on, be honest, who doesn’t like free things to do?  So, I thought I’d clue you in on some…

  • School’s Out, What’s there to do?

    Sound familiar?  There are couple of opportunities in June for you to keep the kids amused for a couple of…

  • Lanier Civil War Days

    Experience the life and culture of Civil War-era Madison, Ind., during Lanier Civil War Days on June 15 and 16…

  • Music, Food, Beer = A Great Weekend Combo

    It’s no secret that combining good music, good food, and good drink can add up to a very good time. People…

  • Madison in Bloom

    Think Spring and Think Madison, Indiana, which is always at its best during the Madison in Bloom Spring Garden Tour…

  • Big Oaks NWR opens for 2013 public use

    It’s hard to believe that April is nearly over! Our spring season is in full gear here at the refuge,…

  • Fourth Friday Events Return

    With spring comes the Fourth Friday Art Jam. It is a free “happening” on the sidewalks & in the shops…

  • Be There or Be Mild!

    Things are growing at the 17th Annual Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace,  April 12, 13 & 14, at the…

  • Kids on School Break?

    Are you trying to find fun things to keep the kids occupied during Spring Break?  The City of Madison, local…

  • A Garden Affair: Container Gardening

    If you are ready to shake the winter blahs and get back to your garden, or if you just want…

  • BALD EAGLES ARE NESTING AT OLD TIMBERS LAKE!

    During the winter months, the refuge slows down. We are closed for public use from December to mid-April. However, that…

  • The Collection of Joeyg Art Sale

    Back in November I wrote an entry about the art collection of Joeyg. Now everyone has a great opportunity to…

  • Celebrate Your Irish

    Madison celebrates its Irish roots with a downtown St. Paddy’s Party on March 15, 2013 from 5 to 9pm.  In…

  • Storytime on Main Street

    Sometimes a nice bookstore corner on a winter morning is just the ticket. That opportunity exists for even the very…

  • Madison Goes National

    About a year ago, a local citizen was trolling the National Park Service website and noticed some really wonderful communities…

  • Warm up with the Indiana Wine Trail on SOUPer Saturday

    The Indiana Wine Trail warms up hearts and tummies with its’ third annual “Souper Saturday” on February 23rd.  To help…

  • The Little Grand Theater Company

    The Little Grand Theatre Company will continue its 2012-13 season with THE SPOOFYDOOFS’ FUNNYBONE, a comedy in one act by…

  • Andrew Hoffman Intern at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge to speak

    Andrew Hoffman, intern at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, will speak on Monday, February 4th, at the monthly meeting of…

  • Starting the New Year

    We’re all back from our holiday vacations and trying to get into the swing of things again.  So I thought…

  • Enjoyable Christmas Shopping on Main Street

    There is a lot of emphasis lately to buy local.  This is a wonderful practice for many reasons.  One reason…

  • O, Tannenbaum!

    For the past few years, my husband and I have made a tradition of selecting and cutting our own Christmas…

  • Christmas Bird Count

    Would you like to step away from the hectic pace that often accompanies this time of year? Did you know…

  • Cultural Opportunity for Kids

    A few short years ago I had the pleasure of devoting a small amount of time to on a unique…

  • Do you know a child with a big imagination?

    This Christmas season, give that child an opportunity to imagine himself or herself living in Victorian times. That Victorian Christmas…

  • The Collection of Joeyg

    Joe Gayles, “Joeyg,” was a true supporter of the arts in Madison. With Joeyg’s restaurant and nightclub he created an…

  • Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour Of Homes

    Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held November 23, 24, 30 and December 1 in historic Madison,…

  • We love a parade!

    Like the Indiana city depicted in the 1983 classic movie “A Christmas Story,” Madison hosts an annual Christmas parade with…

  • Our First Foray in the Very Merry MADISON Christmas Parade

    This year, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will be participating in the Madison Christmas Parade. It’s our first time! Plans…

  • Family Fun at the West Street Center for New Art

    Last weekend, the West Street Center for New Art, took the occasion of  “Day of the Dead” as cause for…

  • Is it time for a little holiday magic?

    The truth is, I am already thinking ahead to the holidays. Retailers know all too well that we’re ready now…

  • Indiana Wine Trail Fall Haul

    The Indiana Wine Trail is bustling as grapes, fruit, and visitors all converge in beautiful Southeastern Indiana.  Each of the…

  • “Shock Treatment:” A Halloween Tradition

    It’s that time of year again – candy, costumes, and, of course, loud Ramones music. Every Halloween the local Ramones…

  • AUTUMN AT BIG OAKS

    It’s not too late to enjoy the fall color here at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. We have a few…

  • Claims to Fame

    Last weekend, my husband and I attended the musical  “When Jenny Lind Came to Town” in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall…

  • Home Cooking Warms the Community Spirit

    Soup, Stew, Chili, and Brew is now one of my favorite Madison events, and I think it’s because it is…

  • A Lovely Autumn Walk

    This is a great time of year for a hike. Madison has lots of challenging hiking trails, but if you’re…

  • Why I Had to Order Pie

    I read it in Wikipedia, so it must be true: Sugar Cream Pie is Indiana’s official state pie. That’s the…

  • Hummingbird Cake Plus a Humming Bird

    Wednesday afternoon my wife and I took the winding county roads out to Stream Cliff Herb Farm, where we had…

  • Chautauqua Strategery

    In just a few days, Madison will host one of the finest juried art shows in the region. The Madison…

  • Walsh Lifts Spans and Spirits

    My daughter just got her first bike, and has been riding it on nearly every street in Downtown Madison. Last…

  • CAMERA ACTION

    We’ve been running a seasonal photo contest this year and just finished the summer edition.  As we move to the…

  • A Vision in Black and White

    Have you ever imagined yourself in the cast of a Hollywood movie? How about one of those black-and-white spectaculars where…

  • A Sweet Saturday in the Park

    It’s tempting to say that last Saturday’s event at the Clifty Falls State Park Nature Center was the “Bee’s knees.”…

  • A Fiesta for Everyone

    If Madison were to give an award for the Most Colorful One-Block Festival, it would have to go to the…

  • Doo Wop Café Radio Broadcasting from Madison

    Tomorrow is again the 4thFriday Art Jam in downtown Madison, featuring music and art in the streets, and after-hours shopping.…

  • The Wild Side of Madison

    My friend Carla and I were cruising at a very slow pace through Clifty Falls State Park when we spotted…

  • Madison’s 10-second Thrill

    Are you ready to experience the most exciting 10 seconds Madison has to offer?  You’ll find it at Crystal Beach…

  • Meet Rhonda and The Star Brick Paver

    Rhonda has devoted much of her career to teaching in the vocational trades, both at the high school and college…

  • Gallery 115

    When I think of the arts in Madison, Eric Phagan always comes to mind.  With his outstanding work, long list…

  • Window Shopping for History

    If you were window shopping along Madison’s Main Street, would you be interested to learn a bit about the history of…

  • Eat More Watermelon!

    One of summer’s most prized treasures is now widely available in Madison for around 4 dollars. On almost every corner…

  • Start your Saturday right

    Is there anything that stimulates the appetite quite like the aroma of chopped onions and peppers being thrown on a…

  • Looks and Sounds Like a Great Weekend in Madison

    It seems like the summers in Madison are getting more and more filled with activities. It is really great to…

  • Slice of Summer Sidewalk Sale

    To my mind, there are two kinds of shoppers: bargain shoppers and recreational shoppers.  Madison has promotions this week for…

  • On the Wall at Joeyg’s Through July

    Paintings by the prolific, retired art teacher Lou Knoble. Lou is showing eleven new paintings and two abstracts that were…

  • Beading on Main

    Just want to take a minute to introduce Laura Hodges, one of our volunteer bloggers. Raised in suburban Indianapolis, Laura…

  • Plein Air at Music in the Park

    It’s becoming a regular event here in Madison. A crowd of locals gather around the Broadway fountain with their lawn…

  • Our Blog

    Located on the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Southern Indiana, Madison is truly a quaint river town” even offering a…

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