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A wide view of the Madison skyline featuring Monona Terrace and the Capitol building in the background.
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11 Things to Do on Madison’s Frozen Lakes

What if you could get the frozen fun of an Up North getaway, with all the comforts and convenience of the city? Enter Madison — city of five lakes, where outdoorsy is the vibe and wintertimeis no exception.  Time for ice skating, skiing, ice fishing and, perhaps the most easy-to-do one, scenic walks…

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How to Get(away) on Madison's Frozen Lakes

Last February, my husband and I were driving around downtown Madison, WI, in search of something fun to do on a chilly winter day. We decided to go grab a hot chocolate and sit by the ice rink at The Edgewater to catch some perfect, sunny views of the lake. As we made our way down the stairs, we…

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Frozen Festivals Worth a Trip to Madison

In Madison, winter is another season full of outdoor adventure. The lakes freeze over and are transformed into a cold weather playground and festivals pop up along the shoreline (and even on the ice!). Bundle up and join us outside for magical, snow-covered fun. Frozen Assets Festival A 5K held…

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Top 10 Spots for Fall Colors in Madison

What's better than fall color? Fall color in a city studded with glittering lakes and its surrounding state parks and nature areas. Visit Madison during the fleeting days of fall, and you'll be in a splendor of vibrant colors in and around the city. Here are some of the most beautiful fall color…

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Badger Weekends: Your Pre and Post Game Guide

Jumping around at a UW-Madison Badger football game is an experience like no other, but it is just a slice of Madison's best things to do in Fall. Gameday is a great anchor for a weekend-long trip to the Capital City. Here's a list of experiences to include before and after your journey to Camp…

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5 Essential Fall Hiking Spots

Hiking in Madison, Wisconsin is magical year-round, but there's something extra special about those fall colors on a cool, crisp morning. These hiking spots are perfect for taking in the views. Grab your water bottle and a flannel, it's fall y'all. 1. UW Madison Arboretum This nature wonderland…

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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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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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