Around Town and Beyond

Afternoon and evening activities are yours to enjoy. Play some tennis, head to the bike path or the beach. Get in a round of golf or catch the perfect wave during a surfing lesson. Shop in fun downtown Madison on State Street, or browse the celebrated shops of Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. From semi-private sports instruction to creative arts workshops to cool shows, outings and summer concerts, there are new options to pursue every day!

  • Participate in an on-campus seminar or workshop
  • Explore the shops, sights and scenes in LA and Southern California
  • Enjoy a favorite sport or just relax on the shores of the Lake Mendota in Madison

Make Time to Play

  • Learn to surf at Santa Monica Beach and see if you can handle some truly gnarly waves
  • Put the zap on your new friends with a fast-paced game of laser tag
  • Take a jog along Lake Mendota’s lakeshore trail
  • Hoop it up at the ACA 3-on-3 basketball tournament and find out who rules the court
  • Shake the sand out of your hair after a classic game of touch football and beach volleyball on Huntington Beach
  • Combine the thrill of surfing and the fun of kayaking with an afternoon of sea kayaking at Zuma beach

Check Out the Scene

  • Get to know Madison during ACA’s welcome scavenger hunt – our mad dash around Mad-Town!
  • Feel the heat at ACA’s bonfire at Picnic Point
  • You have some big shoes to fill as you walk among the stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
  • See the gods at the Greek and Roman collections of the Getty Museum
  • Gaze up at the Hollywood sign as you browse the fashionable boutiques on Melrose Street

Big Sounds and Big Leagues

  • Check out an awesome summer concert (past favorites have been the Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Bob Dylan, Guster, Nickelback, Santana and Wilco)
  • Party down at the Hollywood Bowl – an amazing outdoor concert scene!
  • Devour a Dodger Dog while watching one of the most storied teams in MLB history

Kick Back and Relax

  • Pump some iron and get big on Muscle Beach
  • Have your caricature drawn on the Venice Boardwalk and pick up a pair of hip new shades
  • Roll a few intergalactic frames at Cosmic Bowl
  • Duck into a Mallards baseball game (Madison’s minor league team, known and loved for their between inning antics)
  • People-watch at Palisades Park; it doesn’t get much more iconic LA than this
  • Enjoy a game of pool or pingpong at the Union
  • Savor the sun and sand at James Madison Park and Beach

Keep Your Cool

  • Sail, swim and canoe on Lake Mendota
  • Hang out while they hang ten as the world’s best surfers compete at the Huntington Beach Pro Surf championships
  • Cool off and chill out at ACA’s awesome beach party
  • Relax for an afternoon of fun on the waves and under the sun at Zuma Beach

Coastal Treasures

  • Ride the dazzling Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier
  • Gaze over the coast and toward the heavens at the internationally acclaimed Griffith Observatory

Shop and Explore

  • Tour the Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Trendy stores, 20 movie theater screens and everything in between is at your fingertips at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade
  • Rub elbows with celebrities at the Malibu Country Mart
  • Hit all the fashionable boutiques and watch out for the paparazzi on the energetic Rodeo Drive
  • Shop ‘til you drop on the eight-block State Street Mall

Be the Star of the Show

  • Take center stage in the Skit Night & Talent Review
  • Boogie over to the Disco & Dancing Extravaganza
  • Step into the spotlight on Open Mic Night

And When It's Over . . . 

  • Say goodbye at ACA's catered Farewell Bash

 

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