Madison Road Trip

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Mad-City Ski Team

A long-time tradition, the Mad-City Ski Team offers free shows throughout the summer (end of May-Sept). Wander down to the shores of Lake Monona (next to Monona Terrace) on most Sunday evenings. Spread out a blanket, site back and marvel… Continue Reading →

Kismet Books

This wonderful new bookstore is worth a visit. Located in the oldest house in Verona, the shop is an eclectic mix of books, local crafts, toys and gifts. There are large sections of regional authors and children’s books, plus plenty… Continue Reading →

Middleton Hills Park

Within a few steps, you will be surrounded by cattails, croaking frogs and Sandhill cranes prowling for dinner. Not a long walk, but a pleasant little natural oasis which is also quite accessible to all.

William Lunney Lake Farm County Park

There are gorgeous views over the lake, a boat launch, camping and a playground.

Yahara Heights County Park

Follow the trail along the west side of the dog park and back into open fields and small wooded copses.

State Historical Museum

Galleries show recreations of native-American homes and clothing, clothing and tools brought by early settlers, photos of a changing Wisconsin and even a Wisconsin tavern, complete with mounted deer head.

Warner Park

The rainbow-stacked shelter is a quirky, fun and visible landmark. Surrounding these buildings are acres of hiking trails, a dog park, sledding hill, pond and numerous basketball courts and soccer fields. Come out and explore the Northside!

John C McKenna Park

Parking is at the top of the trail and leads down a short path to a summer pavilion. There is little else there, but there’s something cute about this tiny hidden location.

FlannelJax Ax Throwing

There is something wildly satisfying about taking a razor sharp ax, hurling it at wall and having it stick in the target with a resounding thud.

North Mendota Wildlife Area

Surrounded by Governor Nelson State Park, the Holy Wisdom Monastery, and a new sub-division of McMansions, this Prairie is a pleasant little natural area.

The Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen (formerly Elvehjem) Museum of Art underwent a massive expansion in 2011, along with the name change. The formerly small and sleepy art museum is now substantially larger and far more vibrant. A large ground floor gallery and two… Continue Reading →

Mallatt’s Costumes

Update 2021: Looks like Mallatt’s is now Make It Up! Costumes and Make Up. They appear to mostly do online sales. There is no longer an address listed on their site or facebook page. But they do seem to still… Continue Reading →

Wisconsin Historical Society

The grand Wisconsin Historical Society building sits at the base of Bascom Hill, across from the Union and Red Gym. It’s an imposing building, but like most of the other UW-Madison buildings, open to the public. While most of the… Continue Reading →

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)

MMoCA is in the same location it has been since the early 80s. But with the massive renovation of the attached Capital Theater and creation of the Overture Center for the Arts, MMoCA got a fabulous new building. Though not… Continue Reading →

Inter Market

Hidden in the corner of a small strip mall off Old Middleton Road, Inter Market provides all your Eastern European and Russian grocery needs. The small shop is packed with teas in every possible flavor, tons of cookies, candies and… Continue Reading →

My Dog and Me Park

Update: Sadly, the indoor dog park is now closed. We’re very upset to see this wonderful service go as it was perfect for the really nasty weather. Apparently the private outside dog park is still open. Do you and your… Continue Reading →