Photo of an intramural indoor volleyball game being played at the Natatorium courts


When & Where


Located along the Lakeshore Path, the Natatorium is home to group fitness classes, a pool and diving well, cardio and strength equipment, courts, the Performance Training Center, and more. Drop in for a variety of activities including basketball, badminton, volleyball, racquetball, cardio & strength training, lap swimming, and log rolling.


UW Natatorium

2000 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-3742

Daily Schedules

Building Hours


January 20 – May 10
Monday – Thursday 6am – Midnight
Friday 6am – 10pm
Saturday 9am – 10pm
Sunday 9am – Midnight


Spring Break
March 13 6am – 8pm
March 14 – 15 9am – 8pm
March 16 – 20 6am – 8pm
March 21 – 22 9am – 8pm
Finals Week
May 3 9am – 10pm
May 4 – 7 6am – 10pm
May 8 6am – 6:30pm
Commencement Weekend
May 9 – 10 CLOSED

Having the Nat has made a huge difference in my overall health and wellbeing over the past 10 years. Mostly due to the affordability and convenient location close to where I work.

Affiliate Member

Live Building Usage

Nat Weight Room

Nat Gym 1

Nat Gym 2

Nat Gym 3

Nat Gym 4 Court

Nat Gym 4 Fitness

Nat Room 1065

Nat Performance Training Center (PTC)

Nat Racquetball Courts

Near West Fields

NAT - Competition Pool

NAT - Diving Well

Amenities & Getting There

Open Rec Programs: 

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Racquetball
  • Cardio & strength training
  • Lap swimming and water jogging

Facility Amenities: 

  • 25-yard pool and diving well
  • Cardio Court
  • Group Cycling Studio
  • Personal Training Studio
  • Multipurpose gyms
  • Multipurpose studio
  • Performance Training Center (PTC)
  • Racquetball courts
  • Single-stall restroom (located on the first floor, down the hallway opposite the main stairs)
  • Weight room



  • 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.


  • Convenient bus lines include 11, 80, 81, 82, and 84