Family Fun at Henry Vilas Zoo
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THINGS TO DO

When you visit Madison in spring, you’ll quickly discover that our destination is all about fresh-air fun. Whether you want to take part in time-honored traditions or try a new venue, make sure your itinerary includes at least a few of these fun stops:
 

MEET AT THE MARKET
The Dane County Farmers’ Market returns to the Capitol Square starting April 16. It’s the nation’s largest producer-only market with more than 300 vendors bringing the best in vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats and more. Know before you go: What’s in season, including recipes to try when you return home.

REGISTER FOR FUN RUNS & RACES
Spring brings a calendar full of fun runs and races, from the time-honored Crazylegs Classic to the Spring Madison Marathon events. Training tip: Madison boasts more than 200 miles of shared-use paths, so training trails are always accessible.

 

DON'T MISS OUR OUTDOOR DINING OPTIONS
Madison features five lakes, so it’s easy to seek out stunning views. But there are plenty of sidewalk cafes and rooftop restaurants, too—simply search our waterfront and outdoor dining directories. New venue: As the weather warms up, try the picturesque patio at Campo di Bella Winery and Family Farm.

 

BRING YOUR BIKE--OR RENT ONE OF OURS
The same shared-use trails recommended for running are also perfect paths for biking and hiking! If you try to travel light, you can rent a bike from Budget Bicycle Center or Machinery Row Bicycles. Or, pick an urban path and borrow a Madison Bcycle from any of the 39 stations around town. Tread cred: Yahoo! recently ranked us one of the Best Cities ON EARTH for Biking.

 

CATCH AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
From Concerts on the Square to Opera in the Park to rocking at Concerts on the Rooftop, all of Madison is a stage starting in spring—and you won’t want to miss a beat! Back in business: the beloved Memorial Union Terrace re-opens in May with a full slate of Summer Stage performances open to the public.

 

FIND FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN
It’s easy to find entertainment for kids of all ages in Madison! Stroll through 16 acres of stunning landscapes at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Dine with the polar bears at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Or, catch a Madison Mallards baseball game. FREE fun for families: see our list of 21 Free Things to Do.


ITINERARIES FOR SPRING
Our itineraries take the work out of planning your next trip to Madison! Browse our options below, or peruse all of our sample itineraries.