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Gymnasium – Natatorium

2000 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 262-3742

Live Building Usage

Click the dropdown menu below to see how many people are currently using the Natatorium.

Building Hours

Summer Hours

May 13 – August 25
Monday – Thursday 6am – 10pm
Friday 6am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 8pm


Adjusted Hours

Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 24 6am – 6:30pm
Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 CLOSED
Independence Day
Wednesday, July 3 6am – 6:30pm
Thursday, July 4 CLOSED

Parking & Directions

  • Parking
    • Lot 62 (across the street): free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
    • Lot 57 (located on the east side of the building): 10 Parkmobile spaces; follow directions on signs in front of stalls to pay
    • Lot 36 / Observatory Drive Ramp (6-minute walk): hourly visitor parking
    • Moped parking available at Lot 699, in front of the Near West Fields
    • Bike parking available in front of the Nat

    *Parking availability may be restricted without notice due to special events.

  • Bus
    • Convenient bus lines include the 11, 80, 81, 82 84.
  • BCycle

    Get a headstart on your workout by taking a BCycle to the Natatorium. Park your bike at the station located right in front of the building. A full map of all BCycle stations in the Madison area is available online.

    *UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff receive a special rate of $20 for the year pass. Visit the Madison BCycle website for more information and to retrieve your discount code.

Programs & Features

Open Rec

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Racquetball
  • Cardio & Strength Training
  • Lap Swimming and Water Jogging

Facility Amenities

  • 25-yard Pool & Diving Well

    The NAT Pool is an eight lane 25-yard pool designed for lap swimming, aqua jogging, swimming lessons, and splashing around. This pool hosts Sport Club practices and competitions, Kinesiology courses, and the UW-Madison Varsity Swimming & Diving teams.

    The separate diving well is available for recreational users to water jog, swim laps, or do cannon balls in. The diving well also offers one-meter spring boards for recreational, instructional, and competitive diving.

    For more information about our Aquatics programs and classes hosted at the NAT pools, please visit our Swimming & Scuba page.

  • Cardio Court

    We converted a basketball court into a cardio-lover’s dream. Choose from a variety of cardio equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and rowing machines. You’ll also find several pieces of strength equipment and our Queenax functional trainer that can be used for both open rec and small group training.

  • Personal and Small Group Training Studio

    This newly converted space provides additional room for our personal and small group training participants. Gain exclusive access to equipment with a customized training plan provided by one of our certified personal trainers.

  • Group Cycling Studio

    The Nat Group Cycling Studio is housed in a converted racquetball court with 20 bikes for a high-energy cycling experience.

  • Multipurpose Gyms

    Four multipurpose gyms, with a total of seven regulation-size basketball courts, offer a variety of opportunities for you to get your game on. The courts also support basketball, volleyball, and badminton play, as well as Group Fitness classes and Intramural Sports games.

  • Multipurpose Studio

    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.

  • Performance Training Center (PTC)

    Discover what your body can do in our PTC, designed to accommodate functional, Olympic, personal, semi-private, and small group training.  This space is open for all fitness levels and offers a positive sense of community to those who use it frequently.

  • Racquetball Courts

    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.
  • Weight Room

    We doubled the size of the Nat weight room while the SERF is under construction. Find a variety… Need a spot or introduction to the equipment? Look for our Facility Attendants in the black polos – they are there to help!