Sledding Hills, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Skating and More….

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The City of Madison offers many hills perfect for winter sledding, warm houses and more.  For ice skating rinks with rental and warming houses visit The City of Madison Parks website for locations!


Aldo Leopold Nature Center-Trails

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logo1Stop by anytime we are open and ask for a trail map to head out and explore!  The trails feature interpretive signs to help visitors read the landscape they are exploring!

Every fall, thousands of sandhill cranes use the sandbars and islands in the Wisconsin River for staging prior to migration.  Seeing and hearing these spectacular congregations of birds is an absolutely incredible experience.  The river just behind the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm property provides the most premier vantage point for crane viewing available in the region.


Madison Parks Hayrides Through the Parks

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Enjoy a hay wagon ride, pulled by a tractor in Elver, Olin, Warner and Cherokee Marsh parks!  Enjoy the scenic tour!



Biking, Hiking Trails City of Madison

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trails-pastpeak-728x411Thousands of acres in our parks offer everything from easy strolls to hilltop climbs, meandering walks through woodsy trails and open fields.  You can hike through many of our conservation parks that feature natural areas that focus on the restoration of native plant and animal communities.  While our neighborhood parks provide a series of paths and trails of varying lengths and features great for walking.

Festivals For Autumn

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Autumn in Wisconsin is rich with fall festivals, fairs and events providing plenty of family fun!  Celebrate apples, Octoberfest, wine and harvest festivals and more through out Wisconsin!


Ironman of Madison- Triathlon

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g255538_u96773_S_1Join cheering fans lining the course to cheer on the Ironman

Swim– the one loop mass swim start takes place in Lake Monona downtown Madison.  Spectators will have a panoramic view of the swim from the Monona Terrace, water temp is typically around 70F.

Bike–  the bike course takes riders 16 miles out of the town before beginning two 40-mile loops in rural Dane County.  These loops are extremely hilly, with many tough climbs and turns on each lap.

Run– spectator support on this run course is unparalleled.  Athletes will complete two loops throughout the city and along Lake Mendota.  The run course is quite challenging with multiple hills on each loop.

Corn Mazes in Wisconsin

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Find a corn maze in Wisconsin!


Devil’s Lake State Park

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Wisconsin’s largest state park in Baraboo, WI

Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, canoeing,  sand beach and more!devils_lake_700x295[1]

Terrace after dark: Bluegrass and Americana Series

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TAD-780x460[1]A summer-long program that blends music and film with warm summer nights on one of Madison’s most popular places, Terrace After Dark.

Thursdays through August, 11, 2016

Memorial Union Terrace from 5:00pm-7:00pm