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Destination Madison
Staff Fall Favorites

Fall is a special time in Madison, full of traditions enjoyed only during these cool, colorful months. We polled the Destination Madison staff on their favorite Madison-area fall activities, and here are some of their top picks.

 

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Badger football, bonfires, crisp sunny days, hiking trails with leaves turning colors

 

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Fall running weather is the best – combine that with a trail that has good views of the leaves changing colors and it's a package deal.

 

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GLEAM, Art in a New Light and Crackle: Fire & Froth at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

 
 

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Cooler weather, hiking, apple orchards, pumpkin picking, changing of the leaves, fall farmers' markets, football (both UW-Madison and the Packers)

 

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Attending events at Overture Center for the Arts (Hamilton's coming!!!), including performances by resident organizations like Forward Theater, Children's Theater of Madison, Madison Symphony Orchestra and Madison Ballet.

 

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Beautiful fall leaves, buying great produce at the farmers' market, walks in the UW-Madison Arboretum, pumpkin patches and apple picking, Schuster's Playtime Farm for the kids and Halloween at the Zoo.

 

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Hiking at Baraboo Bluffs/Devil's Lake State Park.

 

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Tailgating with friends (we host a giant Friendsgiving tailgate each year) before a Badgers football game. The next day, we might walk through the UW-Madison Arboretum and take in the fall colors, or hit up the Monroe Street Farmers' Market for apples and squash and get to baking!

 

 

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