Madison Road Trip

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Upper Dells Boat Tours

Wisconsin Dells became famous for its strange rock formations, first photographer by the photographer HH Bennett. He visited many of these locations on the winter, when he could walk across the ice. His most famous pictures were highly imporbably action… Continue Reading →

Merrimac Ferry

If you’re out visiting Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo or the beaches along the Wisconsin River, the Merrimac Ferry is a fun side trip to cross the Wisconsin River. While taking the ferry doesn’t really cut any time off the… Continue Reading →

The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine Art Center is amazing both inside and out. The European-inspired mansion is architecturally awesome on its own. The ever-changing gallery of shows is eclectic and unique – Gee’s Bend Quilts, Craig Blietz’s paintings, Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland photos, Chihuly… Continue Reading →

Allen Centennial Garden

The Allen Centennial Garden is part of the UW Campus.  They are open dusk to dawn year round and are free to visit. Though not large, they have a few unique planting areas surrounding a small pond with scenic bridge…. Continue Reading →

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has had some dramatic updates in the last few years. An updated lagoon area with man-made waterfall, a wooden bridge and lots of landscaping has been added. Sadly, one area that hasn’t been updated are the… Continue Reading →

Yahara River Trail – Stoughton Section

Work on the Yahara River Trail progresses every year. One of the newer and very nice sections starts with The Yahara River Trail Walking Bridge. The lot for the trail is tucked behind the old causeway on a sharp bend… Continue Reading →

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Hidden behind a weathered wooden fence, on an unremarkable road, is a truly fantastic collection of modern sculpture.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden, opened 2010, houses more than 50 large-scale modern pieces spread over 40 acres of grounds. The wide, open,… Continue Reading →

Mary Nohl’s House

Artist Mary Nohl has an out-sized reputation in Wisconsin. Lauded as an “outsider artist”, despite her Art Institute of Chicago degree, she has been demonized, vandalized, lauded and mocked. After her death, Nohl’s collection of whimsical yard art became the… Continue Reading →

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center contains a very elegant nature center, well-tended trails, good parking and a nice lookout tower. Not surprising, as it is located just north of the tony village of Fox Point, north of Milwaukee. The Nature… Continue Reading →

Nordic and John Muir Trailheads

Just east of Whitewater are two sister trails, the Nordic and John Muir Trails. Entrances are facing each other. Both offer miles of lovely, mostly easy, hiking. While there are some hilly areas, trails are rated for ease. Signage is… Continue Reading →

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