Outdoors & Recreation
All four seasons are fun in Madison. Yes, even winter. Skiing and skating. Sailing, swimming and golf. You'll wish you could spend all year here.
You may have heard, we have more bikes than cars. And over 200 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails to explore. Plus, more than 260 parks and beaches. It's no wonder Wisconsin is accustomed to earning accolades in this area.
Madison has two unique ways to explore no matter the season. Follow a University of Wisconsin student through an aquatic adventure. Paddle through the placid waters of Lake Mendota as you learn its storied history. When winter blows into town, take a surreal snowshoe walk over the lake’s frozen waters to get a distinct view of Madison. Both are part of a new line of hands-on experiences designed to take you deeper into Madison’s unique culture.
If spectator sports are more your thing, sit back and enjoy nearly every event a fan can wish for. Football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. IRONMAN Wisconsin. Forward Madison FC. CrossFit Games. The list goes on and on.
Use the search below to find some of Madison's best outdoor spaces to enjoy.