Sunset over downtown Madison from a kayaker's perspective

Photo by Focal Flame Photography

Explore Outdoor Madison

Greater Madison is an outdoor lover's paradise. Green space and trails. Five glistening lakes. And over 260 parks perfect for picnicking. Whether you're a resident looking to try a new-to-you park or trail, or a visitor eager to spend some time outdoors, you'll find ample space to explore and unwind safely. Plus, urban amenities including hotels, boutiques and award-winning restaurants are within an arm's reach.


Build your own adventure

Find a park, path, lake or picturesque picnic spot (and meal!) for your outdoor adventure.

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Find Green Spaces


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Hit The Trails


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Find Picnic Locations


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Explore Our Lakes


Iconic Urban Adventures

These are the Madison-area must-dos. Bike our favorite paths, explore our favorite local hikes. Take in the best views.

Overwhelmed by all of the options? Not sure which adventure best suits your interests? Our team has put together a quiz to help you decide. Of course, you could always just try them all.


Explore Outdoor Madison is supported by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and in partnership with the following destinations:

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