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The 32nd (100,000two-th) Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture
Madison, Wisconsin USA June 4-8, 2005
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Call for Papers
A slide show of Madison
Submission Instructions
Tutorials and Workshops
Final Program
Travel Grant
Hockey Game
Madison Information
Future ISCA:
ISCA 2006
Previous ISCAs:
ISCA 2004
ISCA 2003
ISCA 2002

Some Things to Do In and Around Madison

Some events during the time of ISCA:

  • New York Yankees play the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on Monday, June 6 - Wednesday June 8. Miller Park is about 70 miles from Madison.
  • Modest Mouse plays at the Orpheum Theater on State St on Monday June 6. Modest Mouse is a recently popular alternative rock group and the Orpheum Theater is practically across the street from the Overture Center.

Close to the Monona Terrace Convention Center

Tour the Wisconsin State Capitol building
Tours at 9, 10, 11am, and 1, 2, and 3pm Monday - Saturday,
4:00pm Monday-Friday Reservation Required if 10 or
more people (608)266-0382. and 1, 2, and 3pm Sunday. Free.

Go to the Farmers' Market Saturday mornings, 6am - 2pm, around the Capitol Square. The pastries at 25 N. Pinckney St. are great. A smaller version of the market is on Wednesdays 8:30am - 2pm along the 200 block of Martin Luther King Blvd.


Relax at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon St. Outdoor terrace and tables on the shore of Lake Mendota.
 Free, outdoor, live music Wednesday - Saturday 9pm-midnight and Friday 5-7pm. You need to show your conference badge to buy beer (To buy beer/wine one needs to obtain a daily guest pass for no charge at the Stiftskeller or Information Desk next to Essentials.). Babcock Hall ice cream made at the University is sold inside the Union.


Walk State Street
"...a funky half-mile strip of food, music, craft and clothing shops running from the university campus to the imposing state capitol building."
 --New York Times.
Free, outdoor folk music Saturdays 4-7pm at 452 State St.


Take in a concert at the Overture Center, designed by internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli. The Isthmus Jazz Fest is taking place on June 3rd and 4th, 2005. On Monday, June 6th, ISCA is hosting an organ concert and reception at Overture.

  • Take a Walk or Run
    • To Olin Park: Follow bike path along Lake Monona from the Monona Terrace, keeping the lake on your left. About 2 miles round-trip.
    • Around Lake Monona: Follow bike path signs; some path but much on city streets. About 20K.
    • To Picnic Point: Go down State St., turn right at Lake St. until you reach Lake Mendota, turn left and follow the lakeshore path past the Union to Picnic Point. About 10K round-trip. Very scenic path.
    • More running routes
  • Rent a Bicycle or Inline Skates
    Around Lake Monona (20K), to Picnic Point (10K, most scenic), to Olin Park (2 miles), or through the University Arboretum (10K). A map of city bike routes is available. Rental stores near the Monona Terrace:
    • Yellow Jersey Bicycles, 419 State St., 608-257-4737. Bicycles: $18/day or $55/week.
    • Machinery Row Bicycles, 601 Williamson St., 608-442-5974. 1/4 mile from Monona Terrace. Bicycles: $20/day or $60/week. Tandems: $50/day or $150/week. Inline Skates: $10/day or $30/week.
    • Williamson Bicycle Works, 640 West Washington Ave., 608-255-5292. Bicycles: $12/day or $60/week.
    • Budget Bicycle Center, 930 Regent St., 608-251-1663. Bicycles: Free with $75 deposit (Yellow Bikes Project).

  • Rent a Canoe, Kayak, Sailboat, or Windsurfer
    • On Lake Mendota
      • University of Wisconsin Hoofers Sailing Club
        At the Memorial Union boat house, 800 Langdon St., 608-576-9593 or 608-262-7445. Open 11am - sunset. Rent a canoe ($7/hour), rent a sailboat or windsurfer if you already know how ($25/hour + $5/hour for extra passengers), or take lessons (2-4 people, 2-3 hour blocks, $30 per person), or go on a guided sail with an instructor (2-6 people, first hour $65, each additional hour $30). Make a reservation, if possible. At least one person must be a Union member. A six-month introductory membership is available for $30.
      • Watertrail Adventures, 614 E. Gorham St., 608-255-2958. Office Hours--Tues, Thursday: 2-5:30, Friday 10am-2pm. Sailboats and Sailboard rental--$18.00 per hour, $60.00 per day; Canoe and Kayak rental--$12.50 per hour, $45.00 per day
    • On Lake Wingra
      • Wingra Canoe and Sailing, 824 Knickerbocker St., 608-233-5332. Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboat, Rowboat rental--$10.00 per hour, $20.00 per half day, $30.00 per day; Sailboat, Windsurfer rental--$15.00 per hour, $30.00 per half day, $40.00 per day.

  • Take a Boat Cruise on Lake Monona or Lake Mendota
    • Betty Lou Lake Cruises, 608-246-3136.
      • Fridays 4pm cocktail cruise
      • Saturdays 11:30am lunch cruise
      • Saturdays Lunch cruise is on Lake Monona only--$25.00
      • Saturdays Moonlight cruise on Lake Mendota only 9:30-11:30--$30.00
      • Brunch cruise runs 11:30-1:30--$35.00
      • Sunday Dinner cruise runs from 6-8pm--$35.00
      Advance reservations required
    • Pontoon boat rides on Lake: 608-204-4581 Mendota, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7pm and 7:15-8:45pm, 1615 Sherman Ave., 3 hour rentals $20.00 numerous trips and tours-see website for more information.

  • Visit the University of Wisconsin Elvehjem Museum of Art, 800 University Ave.

  • See also


Nearby Madison

For Kids

  • Ice Cream
    • University of Wisconsin Babcock Hall Ice Cream may be purchased at the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., or, if you also want to see it being made (before noon), at the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, 1605 Linden Dr. on the University of Wisconsin campus.
    • Michael's Frozen Custard, 2531 Monroe St. This store is very near the Lake Wingra canoe and kayak rental place (see above).

  • Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall St., 608-266-4732. Small, but has a children's zoo and is free.

  • Madison Children's Museum, 100 State St., 608-256-6445. $4/person, free on the first Sunday of each month. Best for young children.

  • University of Wisconsin Geology Museum, 1215 W. Dayton St., 608-262-2399. Free.

  • Cave of the Mounds. A small cave near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. 608-437-3038. Adults $12, children $6. About 45 minutes west of Madison.

  • Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin. 608-356-0800. About 45 minutes north of Madison. Original home of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Water parks, boat cruises, theme parks, mini-golf, etc. 800-223-3557 for information. About 1 hour north of Madison.

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