Recreation

Mad-City Ski Team

If you can't find something entertaining, relaxing or stimulating to do in Madison, then check your pulse. The region has something for everyone.

Miles of bike trails and a number of lakes await weekend warriors in the Madison area. There also are several state parks and ski hills in south-central Wisconsin providing opportunities for year-round recreation. Here are some of the region's most notable events and attractions:

  • Lakes and lake-related recreation - The Madison area is home to Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa, Lake Kegonsa and Lake Wingra as well as many lakes in surrounding areas. These lakes offer unlimited opportunity to enjoy water sports, boating, waterfront dining, lakeside events and the surrounding parks and beaches.
  • State Street - This pedestrian mall is quintessential Madison and something everyone should experience. State Street links the Wisconsin State Capitol Square to the University of Wisconsin campus and is lined with more than 370 shops, galleries, restaurants, night spots, museums and cultural destinations.
  • Shopping and unique neighborhoods. In addition to State Street, Madison has many other unique neighborhoods and shopping destinations that radiate Madison's eclectic vibe. Must-see places include: Willy Street, Monroe Street, Atwood Avenue and Memorial Union.
  • World-class restaurants - Madison has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the country. You'll find cuisine from all over the world in fine dining establishments; brew pubs and everything in between.
  • IRONMAN
  • Madison B-cycle - Bike sharing has come to Madison! Rent a bike and ride the over 250 miles of bike trails the region has to offer. Thirty-five B-cycle stations with 350 bikes are available throughout the downtown Madison area.
  • IRONMAN - Presented by Trek, the IRONMAN Wisconsin attracts more than 45,000 spectators, who line the course near Lake Monona, through Wisconsin farmland and along the downtown streets of Madison.
  • Taste of Madison - Held each year over Labor Day weekend, Taste of Madison showcases more than 80 local restaurants, 20 beverage stands and three entertainment stages. The participating restaurants sell a vast variety of unique and traditional dishes to the estimated 250,000 attendees over the two-day period.
  • Madison Marathon - Starting at Madison's Capital Square, the Madison Marathon takes runners through the UW Campus, down the infamous State Street and along the shorelines of both Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. The 2016 race will take place in November.
  • Berbee Derby - This Thanksgiving Day 10K run and 5K run/walk benefits technology education throughout the community and takes place on Fitchburg's scenic Capitol City Trail.
  • Horrible Hilly Hundreds - Dubbed "The Toughest One-Day Challenge Ride in the Midwest," this biking experience takes riders through 10,000 feet of elevation gain in the "Driftless Area" of Wisconsin.
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens - 16 acres of indoor and outdoor display gardens off the shores of Lake Monona.
  • Ice Age Trail Alliance - The thousand-mile Ice Age Trail, which goes through Dane County, provides walking, hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing opportunities over a wide range of distances and landscapes into some of the state's most beautiful natural areas.
  • Black Earth Creek - This world-renowned Class 1 trout stream flows through the village of Cross Plains and attracts fly-fishers and other anglers from throughout the Midwest.

Please contact us for more information on the different ways you can enjoy the Madison area.