Fall adventure in the capital city

Our lake-city-lake landscape creates a one-of-a-kind place where wellness always wins. Connecting people to lakes and landscapes is kind of our thing. From five lakes to 270 parks and 200+ miles of hiking and biking trails connecting surrounding towns, adventure is all around when you explore.

We embrace the seasons head on. Fall in Madison is unforgettable with stunning views in fall huesfun on the farm and bike rides to match your vibe. It's time to experience all the fall feels and find your favorite activities in Madison.

Your next on-the-go getaway's gotta be in bikeable, hikeable, unforgettable Madison.

Madison is one of only two cities in the country on an isthmus. A downtown bordered by two lakes means twice the outdoor adventure.

Lake. City. Lake.
(Lake, Lake, Lake.)

Lake life is better here: you get all the up north fun with the conveniences of a city — all year long. Madison is home to five lakes (Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa) and each have their own personality. 

We take biking to the platinum level

No, seriously. Madison is 1 of only 5 Platinum-Level Bike-Friendly Communities in the U.S. which means biking in Madison isn't just a hobby, it's a culture. One that's easy to join with help from 80 BCycle stations that host a fleet of 500 rentable electric bikes. Our bike trails sprawl through downtown and connect our vibrant neighborhoods to the surrounding countryside, meaning there's always a ride to fit your vibe.

Scenes you'll find only in Madison

Wide open landscapes. Jaw-dropping scenery. All with the iconic Madison skyline in the background. 

You can walk from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona via the Capitol in fewer than 30 minutes, and you're never more than a 10-minute walk from a park. Whether you're wanting to SUP on the water or sip on the patio, there's an outdoor adventure waiting for you.