Things to Do in Madison, WI
Spring brings fresh-air fun for everyone, from family activities to scenic spots for outdoor dining and shopping.
‘Tis the season to connect with more of the outdoors in Madison! There are tons of traditions to try, starting on April 20 when the Dane County Farmers' Market opens for its renowned Saturday morning market. Stroll around the Capitol Square to peruse and purchase vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats and more in the company of families, friends and local chefs in search of the best seasonal produce.
If your idea of fresh-air fun includes fitness, don't miss the annual Crazylegs Classic--a springtime tradition that takes over downtown Madison! This 8k run/two-mile walk follows a scenic course that starts at the Capitol Square, winds through the UW Campus and ends at Camp Randall Stadium. Of course, you can run, bike and hike any day of the week along the scenic trails that stretch for 120 miles throughout the Madison area. Don't have a bike? Grab a B-Cycle from one of 35 stations situated around town.
If indoor fun is more what you're looking for, don't miss the Wisconsin Film Festival. This theatrical tradition brings a vast array of unique and award-winning indie films to the Madison area-more than 150 screenings are presented at seven theaters during an eight-day run in April.
Any Time You Visit Madison
Year-round, you're encouraged to explore the many exceptional attractions in the Madison area, including the award-winning Madison Children's Museum, the free Henry Vilas Zoo, and the historic Cave of the Mounds. Enjoy the natural beauty of Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. If sports and recreation are more your speed, take in the excitement of a Badger game, or get active and discover the many trails the area has to offer for biking, hiking, running and more! Delight in endless shopping opportunities, from State Street boutiques to shopping malls; then kick back and relax with a day at the spa or a night out on the town.