Welcome to the Memorial Union Terrace

When most people think Memorial Union, they think of the Terrace—and those brightly colored sunburst chairs. Set on the shores of Lake Mendota, this campus icon is Madison’s most popular back porch. Imagine the smell of sizzling brats fill the air as you and your friends enjoy the sweet summer breeze and dancing under the stars. 

Learn about the upcoming renovation here.


The Terrace After Dark music line-up continues with live music four nights a week on the UW Credit Union music stage and movies on Mondays on our giant outdoor screen. 

See what’s coming:
Terrace After Dark Music
Terrace After Dark Film


Sizzling brats at the Brat Stand. Babcock Ice Cream. Fresh popcorn. All of the Terrace staples are here plus more. Check out the Terrace dining options for more details.


The water gleams invitingly as you lean back in a sunburst chair and decide between a day spent counting sailboats. Or captaining one.

Rent – Learn - Join

Outdoor UW is UW’s outlet to the outdoors and home of Wisconsin Hoofers. This new space (just off the Terrace) might become your favorite summer spot. State-of-the-art paddling and camping rentals, beginner-level courses and Hoofer clubs help create your next adventure.

Get outside today!

Terrace News


New Brat Stand
The Gazebo
Hoofers deck
Additional seating
Swimming pier
WAA Pier

Renovation Info

Click here for Memorial Union Reinvestment news & updates.

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