Featuring dozens of different gardening styles, from Victorian to Japanese, this UW-Madison gem is open to visitors year round.
Hit the open water with family and friends on a two-hour tour of Lake Mendota or Lake Monona aboard the majestic Betty Lou. Public and reserved private cruises are available April through October.
Your gateway to Lake Monona! Brittingham Boats provides everything you need for a day on the water—from canoes and kayaks to paddle boats and stand-up paddle boards—plus an outdoor patio for relaxing by Monona Bay. Explore Lakes Mendota and Wingra at Marshall Boats and Wingra Boats, as well!
Cool off from the summer heat underground and enjoy a guided tour of this geologic wonder. Celebrate the National Natural Landmark’s 76th anniversary at Discovery Days in August.
Embrace Wisconsin’s Lumberjack heritage, while improving balance, agility, leg strength, coordination and endurance! Kids and adults are invited to step out of their comfort zone and experience this fun and unique sport.
Relax on a beach, catch some fish or steer a kayak on one of Madison’s five beautiful lakes.
Meet up with friends for a scoop of ice cream or grab a pitcher at UW-Madison’s most iconic summer spot. Settle in for live music and movies at Terrace After Dark May through September.
Explore 16 acres of stunning outdoor gardens and landscapes. This summer, stop by for Olbrich’s Summer Concert Series and the Blooming Butterflies exhibit.
It might take all summer to explore Madison’s 40+ city parks and their activities, from splash parks and playgrounds to the perfect picnic spot! The city also maintains 12 public beaches, tennis courts, thousands of acres for hiking and several canoe and kayak launch sites.
Dane County Parks
Every year, 2.5 million people visit over 12,000 acres of land in Dane County, including wildlife and natural resource areas, 100 miles of trails, five campgrounds and two dozen recreation parks.
With nearly 20 miles of trails to walk, you can set out on your own or learn from experts on guided Sunday hikes. Also available; free family tours and activities, expertly cultivated gardens and the oldest restored prairie in the world.