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Owen Conservation Park

Less than two miles from Hilldale Mall and the traffic of University Avenue is the secluded Owen Conservation Park. Despite its proximity to the downtown, the park is suprisingly quiet and secluded. This is most likely due to its bowl… Continue Reading →

UW Madison Geology Museum

Tucked on a side-street towards the south end of the UW-Madison campus is the UW Madison Geology Museum. A science museum/hall has been part of the campus since its inception. While small, like most university museums, it has many excellent… Continue Reading →

National Mustard Museum

Let’s be clear here, this is the National Mustard Museum, mmm-kay? This isn’t just some local, small-time mustard museum. Nope, national. Top of the line, leader of the pack, far out-ranking any other mustard museum in the country. That is,… Continue Reading →

Midway Asian Foods

Though a very familiar scent that reminds me of my childhood visits to Madison, I won’t lie to you. The entrance way to Midway Asian Foods is stinky. No matter how recently it appears to have been cleaned, there is… Continue Reading →

Whad’ya Know?

“Not much, you?” Any regular listener of Public Radio is familiar with Michael Feldman’s long-running comedy talk show and it’s famous tagline “Whad’ya know?” When PRI cut funding to Feldman’s show, he was down but rebounded magnificently by kickstarting his… Continue Reading →

Governor Nelson State Park

Because of its close proximity to Madison, many people seem to forget Governor Nelson State Park exists. The largest trail loop is clearly visible from the road, often making it far from peaceful. However,  the trails further back are quiet,… Continue Reading →

Pheasant Branch Conservancy

The Pheasant Branch Conservancy has something for every outdoor enthusiast – from hikers, runners, bikers and bird-watchers. The Conservancy is 550 acre areas of prairie and woodlands in the heart of Middleton, WI. There are multiple access points, including two… Continue Reading →

Indian Lake Park

At close to 500 acres, Indian Lake Park is a great go-to spot any time of the year. The park is an easy 15-20 minute drive from nearly anywhere in Madison. It features 6 hiking/cross-country ski trails, a small lake,… Continue Reading →

Governor’s Island

Tucked away behind the Mendota Mental Health Institute is a small island with some of the nicest views of Madison. Governor’s Island is a small park, now connected to the mainland by a cinder road (aptly called Cinder Lane). The… Continue Reading →

Olbrich Gardens and Bolz Conservatory

To many, Olbrich Gardens is a place to visit in the warm months for the blooms, rolling lawns, fountains and the Thai Pavilion. But in Winter the Bolz Conservatory is a small slice of tropical heaven. For a mere $2,… Continue Reading →

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