Madison, IN

Travel Guide

Visit this quaint river town and take in the beautiful scenery, grand historic buildings and peaceful, old-worldly way of life. 

Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Madison has a proud history as one of America’s finest riverboat towns. Visit this wonderful place to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Stroll through town and admire the fine historical houses and buildings. Madison is Indiana’s largest historic district, with more than 2,000 recognized historical structures. The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site and the Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum are just two of the many attractions that give you a glimpse into the town’s past. Don’t miss the spectacular Broadway Fountain, which has stood in the town center since 1886. Buy local produce at the farmers market and enjoy a picnic at Riverfront Park where children will enjoy the playground equipment. Or, stop for a coffee and lunch in a café near the town square.

The town of Madison is small. You can easily walk between the major sites in a day. However, having your own transportation is recommended, so you can explore the superb surrounding countryside. Several driving routes, including the Chief White Eye Trail, are signposted and take you through a landscape of limestone bluffs and open countryside. If you prefer to walk or cycle, try the Heritage Trail. These trails are particularly spectacular in spring and fall.

Find plenty to enjoy in Madison’s natural setting, with superb bird watching and hiking in the nearby parks. Clifty Falls State Park has a number of hiking trails as well as sites for camping and an Olympic-sized pool, while Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite with birdwatchers.

Summers are long and hot so be sure to spend time by the water if you visit then. The annual Madison Regatta, held in early July, provides a great opportunity to enjoy the river. Join locals watching hydroplanes racing and rubber ducks floating along the Ohio River. As the locals say, “You gotta regatta” in Madison, Indiana.

Hillside Inn
Hillside Inn
2.5 out of 5
831 E Main St, Madison, IN
The price is $89 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Situated in Madison, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Ohio River and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Clifty Falls State Park. Madison Railroad Station Museum and Lanier ...
4.1/5Very Good! (536 reviews)
"Very good location and comfortable. Needs refreshing. Good breakfast."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Hillside Inn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Madison, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Madison, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
300 Franks Dr, Madison, IN
Fully refundable
The price is $98 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sunrise Falls Golf Course and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Clifty Falls State Park. Lanier Mansion and ...
4/5Very Good! (250 reviews)
"parking lot was a bit crowded in evening hard to find parking spot. Don't know if it had to do with construction next door."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Madison, an IHG Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison
Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison
2.5 out of 5
108 ST. MICHAELS AVENUE, Madison, IN
The price is $139 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ohio River, Lanier Mansion, and Madison Railroad Station Museum. Clifty Falls State Park and Sunrise ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Relaxing weekend in beautiful Madison, Indiana and a wonderful hotel experience to top it off!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Cozy Cottage on Main
The Cozy Cottage on Main
Madison, IN
The price is $89 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in the heart of Madison, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Madison Railroad Station Museum and Clifty Falls State Park. Lanier Mansion and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)
Great Place!
"We had a very relaxing weekend away in Madison, and the Cozy Cottage played a big part in that. Very close to downtown and easy to spot (the red stands out!)"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

The Cozy Cottage on Main
ENJOY THE PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS AT SONSHINE CABIN AND HAVE A RELAXING TIME.<br>
ENJOY THE PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS AT SONSHINE CABIN AND HAVE A RELAXING TIME.<br>
Madison, IN
Located in Madison, this family-friendly cabin is 9 mi (14.6 km) from Versailles State Park, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Sunrise Falls Golf Course and King's ...
5/5Exceptional! (160 reviews)
Cozy Cabin
"One of the best VRBO experiences we have had to date. The cabin and property were pristine with special touches throughout. There is child friendly hiking on the property and more advanced hiking nearby. We enjoyed watching the hummingbirds on the property, the backyard fire pit and front porch swing. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

ENJOY THE PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS AT SONSHINE CABIN AND HAVE A RELAXING TIME.<br>
Historical, Townhouse in Downtown Madison, Indiana Whole House
Historical, Townhouse in Downtown Madison, Indiana Whole House
Madison, IN
Located in the heart of Madison, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ohio River, Lanier Mansion, and Madison Railroad Station Museum. Clifty Falls State ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Georgetown
"The home was newly renovated. Nice for an historic part of Madison. Close to downtown and not far from the river. Bedrooms are spacious, nice living room with a good size kitchen. Has all the items you need for a getaway. Owner left us a nice snack basket. Would defenitley stay there again"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Historical, Townhouse in Downtown Madison, Indiana Whole House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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