Madison Road Trip

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Castle Creek Conservancy

Wedged between the railroad tracks and a suburban neighborhood, the Castle Creek Conservancy preserves a slice of native prairie and woods. Parts of Six Mile Creek wander through the property. The path makes a large loop, so no chance of… Continue Reading →

Six Mile Creek Fishery Area

Fishery areas rarely hold any interest for us. Usually, they’re a small lot, then a short trail to a body of water. After driving by Six Mile Creek Fishery Area for nearly two decades, we were completely floored to find… Continue Reading →

Leopold’s Books, Bar and Caffé

Despite the pandemic and a glut of coffee shops, Leopold’s opened in the spot of the former Greenbush Bakery (now moved down the street a few blocks). The totally renovated location is unique and elegant. Combining some of Madison’s favorite… Continue Reading →

Dane County Farmers Market

The weekly Saturday market on the Capital Square is a Madison institution. As the largest temporary farmers market in the Unites States, there is something for everyone. Sellers run the gamut from traditional farmers market fair (locally grown produce, cheeses,… Continue Reading →

A Room of One’s Own

A long-time Madison staple since 1975, A Room of One’s Own bookstore has recently moved to a wonderful new Atwood Ave. location. While the square footage is actually a bit smaller than their former location off of State Street, the… Continue Reading →

Global Market & Food Hall

The new east side Global Market & Food Hall, in the former Toy ‘R’ Us location, had the misfortune to open right at the start of the pandemic. However, this diverse and tasty business has persevered. While the products skew… Continue Reading →

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.