Gymnasium - Natatorium.
2000 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706 // (608) 262-3742
Enjoy a workout or a swim at the historic Natatorium, located right along the Lakeshore Path.
|January 16 - May 14|
|Monday - Thursday||6am - Midnight|
|Friday||6am - 10pm|
|Saturday||10am - 10pm|
|Sunday||10am - Midnight|
|March 17||6am - 8pm|
|March 18 & March 19||10am - 8pm
|March 20 - March 24||6am - 8pm|
|March 25 & March 26||10am - 8pm|
|April 14||6am - 6:30pm|
|April 15 & April 16||CLOSED|
|Final Exams Week|
|May 6 & May 7||10am - 10pm|
|May 8 - May 11||6am - 10pm|
|May 12||6am - 6:30pm|
|May 13 & May 14||CLOSED|
|May 15 - May 21|
|* CLOSED for maintenance|
|May 22 - June 18|
|Monday - Sunday||11am - 8pm|
|June 19 - August 13|
|Monday - Thursday||6am - 9pm|
|Friday||6am - 8pm|
|Saturday & Sunday||10am - 8pm|
|August 14 - August 27|
|Monday - Sunday||11am - 8pm|
|May 26||11am - 6:30pm|
|May 27 - May 29||CLOSED
|Memorial Day Weekend|
|Independence Day Weekend|
|June 30||6am - 6:30pm|
|July 1 - July 4||CLOSED|
The Natatorium is also an academic building and the recreational spaces hold academic classes. For a list of weight room closures for academic classes during the semester, please click here.
Programs & Activities
Home to the UW Swimming and Diving programs, the Natatorium pool is 25 yards long and 8 lanes wide with a spectator seating capacity of 1500. The WIAA Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving meets are also held at this historic pool. The separate diving well measures 50 x 40 feet and is equipped with one-meter spring boards for recreational and instructional use.
Keep your heart healthy in the cardio room where you’ll find a mix of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and rowing machines. Machines have a 30-minute limit (including warm-up and cool-down). Sign-up sheets are available at each machine.
Head to the FTR for a different kind of fitness experience. Here you’ll find a slightly more intimate feel than our weight room, with stationary bikes as well as Universal weight machines that each target a specific muscle group.
The NAT Group Cycling Studio is housed in a converted racquetball court with 20 bikes for a high-energy cycling experience.
Four multipurpose gyms, each featuring two regulation-size basketball courts, offer a variety of opportunities for you to get your “game” on. In addition to basketball, three volleyball and twelve badminton courts are available for play. Many Group Fitness classes and Intramural Sports games are also held in these gyms.
This versatile studio hosts a variety of activities, including Mind-Body Studio classes and martial arts practices. To reserve this space for club or organization, please fill out a Special Events Request Form.
Discover what your body can do in our PTC, designed to accommodate functional, Olympic, personal, semi-private, and small group training.
Two racquetball courts are available for recreational play. Court 6 is designated as a challenge court and can also be outfitted for Wallyball.
- Don’t have a racquet? Don’t cause a racket. Free equipment rental is available from the Towel Room.
- Reserve a racquetball court up to three days in advance by calling (608)-262-3790 or by or by accessing the Towel Room through the locker rooms.
Find a variety of traditional weight machines and free weights, stretching mats, stability balls, and BOSUs in the Nat weight room. Need a spot or introduction to the equipment? Our fitness consultants are here to help.