1. Grab a group and sign up for an Essential Madison Experience
Immerse yourself in Madison with activities from concocting bitters to building a cheese board!
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.
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 a 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! There will be a bike valet on site for easy drop off and pick up.
4. Eat like a local–from a special CrossFit Games menu
Madison loves the CrossFit Games, and to celebrate, local restaurants have created special CrossFit-inspired menus, full of local Madison flair and tailored especially for you!
Pro tip: Read through them all here starting in late July!
6. Embrace the lakes
Madison's lakes are hard to miss and super inviting as the temps heat up. Rent a stand-up paddle board, 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. Check out free music on the Capitol lawn
Wednesday nights, the city comes together for beautiful music by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at Concerts on the Square (AKA "The Biggest Picnic of Summer"). Pack your own dinner, or enjoy eats from local vendors!
Pro tip: Bring a blanket as early as 3 p.m. to claim your spot (it's ok to come later, too)!
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.