A wide view of the Madison skyline featuring Monona Terrace and the Capitol building in the background.
Photo by Cassius Callender

Things To Do For Earth Day 2022

It's wild to think that an internationally celebrated day like Earth Day got its start right here in Wisconsin. Madison has so much to do and so many ways to celebrate Earth Day (this Friday!), that you'll find yourself making plans even longer than a day. Take your pick. Free e-bikes. Park…

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11 Things to Do on Madison’s Frozen Lakes

With (some) snow on the ground and the lakes frozen over, winter has officially arrived in Madison. It's time for ice fishing, ice skating, skiing, sledding and scenic walks across our beautifulfrozen lakes. Best of all, these activities are free or low cost – and available to do all over the greater Madison…

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Five Great State Parks Near Madison

I’ve been writing Wisconsin outdoors guides for over 15 years, including 60 Hikes Madison , and I’m a big fan of our state park system. Here in Mad Town we’ve got some obvious stunners nearby: the magnificent Devil’s Lake; Governor Nelson right across Lake Mendota. But I love to push a few…

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6 Farms for Fall Fun in Madison

Crisp air and leaves changing color all around the isthmus. Take a drive out of the city to a nearby farm. Apple picking, pumpkin patches and corn mazes await. Support local farms. Make lasting memories. And if your weekends are a little more open this fall, make a point to try them all. Enchanted…

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What to Do in Madison When the Weather is Nice

As Madisonians, we’re used to dealing with a lot of unfavorable weather — which makes it all the more sweet when we finally arrive at those perfect warm weather days. Beautiful, sunny days with a high of 75 just feel GOOD when you’ve earned them, like it feels we have. And with the rising temps…

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11 Madison Destinations Made for Gardeners

With over 270 green, glorious parks that boast 6,000 acres brimming with flowers, trees and stunning nature scenes, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of green thumbs here in Madison! Inspired by our surroundings and the many shops that cater to gardeners, it’s not uncommon to see vegetable and…

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6 Places to Have a Picnic in Madison

Sparkling sun, soft grass, the whisper of wind through the leaves. Who doesn’t love a picnic? Madison has 284 parks, five beautiful lakes, and the sprawling University of Wisconsin campus. While there are hidden gems to discover, here are some favorite spots locals like to drop a blanket and revel…

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15 Places to Snowshoe in Madison

Tall, aromatic pine trees. Fresh sparkling snow. The crisp air cools your face, and you can’t help but smile as you admire the gorgeous winter scenery. This is a spot-on description of what it’s like to go snowshoeing in and around Madison. Unlike other winter endeavors that require a bit more skill…

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