Madison, Indiana is a beautiful rivertown nestled on the Ohio River, midway between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark District in the United States with 133 blocks. Madison is filled with locally owned and operated specialty and antique shops. You’ll find handmade items, made in Madison gifts, beautiful Madison-made bath and body products, an Indiana Artisan chocolatier, home décor and women and men clothing boutiques and more. Over 25 unique restaurants and cafe’s that even date back to 1933, and range from Italian, Seafood to delicious burgers and sliders to the oldest Tavern in Indiana – Historic Broadway Hotel & Tavern serving friends since 1834. Madison also boasts three award-winning wineries, and two new highly-rated breweries - all with their own distinct personalities.
We bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city every year, and there are about 12,000 residents in the city itself. We host numerous events year round: Madison Regatta - a hydroplane race and Roostertail Music Festival; Madison River Jam Music Festival; Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues; Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art; Soup Stew Chili & Brew, Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes, and Wonderland in the Park - to name a few. Every night of the week, you can find live entertainment in Madison at one of the local establishments, such as Thomas Family Winery, Off Broadway Taproom, or Red Bicycle Hall. You’ll also want to check out the rare and raw House of Jane Singer Songwriter Sessions. And every fourth Friday of the month from April – November, its Fourth Friday Downtown featuring live music, extended shopping, free trolley rides, specials and promotions. On the second Friday of the month from June – September, there’s a free summer concert series around the Broadway Fountain from 5-9pm called Music in the Park.
There are nine public historic sites! They range from the office of a horse and buggy doctor (kids love the skeleton) to a 19th century saddletree factory to grand homes. Three of which are National Historic Landmarks: Lanier Mansion, Shrewsbury-Windle House, and the Historic Eleutherian College. We are also the home of Clifty Falls State Park, celebrating 100 years in 2020! Be sure to check our website for monthly interactive programs which include regular waterfall hikes and more for the outdoor enthusiast!
Madison is a culturally-rich hidden gem, and is 1 of 10 Indiana Arts & Cultural Districts. It has everything the big city offers in a small town atmosphere; it’s quiet, peaceful and intriguing at the same time. The historic sites and architecture are amazing and we are proud of the preservation this over 200 year old City has.
Madison is recognized as “The prettiest Small Town in the Midwest” by Ladies Home Journal and “Best Preserved Town in the Midwest” by The Chicago Tribune. Charles Kuralt called Madison, "The most beautiful rivertown in America." And we think you will too. Whatever brings you to our city, you won't find a more beautiful place to visit than Madison — or a friendlier one!