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

Trails & Trees: Hiking UW-Madison Arboretum

Nature wonderland. A cheesy but accurate description of “The Arboretum” or “The Arb,” as locals call it. It’s a research center and visitor destination with restored prairies, woodlands, wetlands and gardens ready to ramble year-round. The Arboretum was established in 1932, with the goal…

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Picnic and Play at Sun Prairie Dream Park

This one’s for the kids. It’s tucked away from downtown Sun Prairie (literally right around the corner), but close enough to all the activity. We’re talking about Sun Prairie Dream Park (AKA Firemen’s Park in the Prairie). This colorful, inviting park (nestled within Angell Park) was constructed…

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Disc Golf and Day Hike at Elver Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown for a quieter adventure at Elver Park. Marvel at this wooded paradise nestled between several neighborhoods on Madison’s west side. The highlight of this park? A sprawling disc golf course and scenic trails that showcase the natural beauty of Madison. Who…

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Bike the (Fitch) 'Burg

Summer is the perfect time to explore Fitchburg’s bike trails. This Bicycle Friendly Community is a major biking hub in Dane County, and has easy access to some of Wisconsin's best bike trails. But biking in Fitchburg goes beyond your typical out-and-back trails. Your biking adventure can include…

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Lake Monona Cityside Paddle

Lake Monona greets anyone entering Madison by way of John Nolen Drive. In the summer months, you’ll see people dotting the water. They may be kayaking. Canoeing. Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Or maybe Paddle Boating. Want to join? It's easier than you think to get onto the water. How do I start…

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