TOP 8 MADISON MUST-DO'S
While you're here for the CrossFit Games
1. Grab a group and sign up for an Essential Madison Experience
Immerse yourself in Madison with activities from a creamery tour to a dinner cruise!
Pro tip: These experiences must be booked in advance, so sign up now!
2. Visit the Saturday Farmers' Market on the Capitol Square
Peruse the largest, producer-only farmers' market in the country (featured by Rachel Ray!) on Saturday morning to get some healthy, fresh eats while you're on vacation.
Pro tip: The market crowd famously flows counter-clockwise.
Pro tip #2: Come early for the best selection.
3. Explore the city via bike
Madison is the unofficial bike capital of the Midwest and boasts more bikes than cars. If you're road-tripping here, bring your bike, or hop on an electric Madison BCycle and explore the 75 miles of off-road bike paths.
Pro tip: State Street, right in the heart of downtown Madison, is the perfect place to explore via bike, as no cars are allowed.
Pro tip #2: You may want to consider biking from your hotel to the Games — cheap, easy and active!
4. Stroll through the Wisconsin State Capitol
This 100+ year-old building is the anchor of downtown Madison, and one of the city’s tallest buildings. Want to take a peek inside? No problem. The Capitol is free and open to the public, and drop-in tours are available.
Prop tip: Visit the observation deck for a breathtaking, 365° view of downtown Madison and the surrounding lakes.
5. Grab a local libation
Madison is microbrew country! Here's a list of local breweries, wineries, and distilleries to liven up your stay.
Pro tip: Get in the Games spirit with Vintage Brewing Company's AMRAP IPA.
6. Embrace the lakes
Madison's lakes are hard to miss and super inviting as the temps heat up. Rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, canoe and more at Brittingham Boats, located just an easy, 15-minute bike ride from the Alliant Energy Center.
Fun fact: Madison is one of only two U.S. cities on an isthmus (between two bodies of water)!
7. Cheer on local sports teams
Need your competition fix once the Games have ended for the evening? The Madison Mallards baseball team and the Madison Radicals professional ultimate frisbee team have home games on July 29 and 30, respectively.
Pro tip: Snag a spot in the Madison Mallard’s Duck Blind for all-you-can-eat and drink.
8. Soak in Summer at the Memorial Union Terrace
Located along Madison's Lake Mendota on the UW-Madison campus, "The Terrace" is THE spot to eat, drink and relax for locals and students alike. Take a seat on one of the iconic sunburst chairs and you'll really feel like you're on vacation.
Pro tip: You can rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards through Outdoor-UW, located just off the Terrace.