Madison Road Trip

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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: 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 pupper… Continue Reading →

Lower Yahara River Trail

A brand-new section of the Yahara River Trail opened in the autumn of 2017. Starting in McDaniel Park, follow the new trail along the edge of Lake Waubesa. The trail, which is one mile-long bridge, is not dog-friendly. There’s nowhere… Continue Reading →

Picnic Point

Walking to Picnic Point, the spit of land that juts out behind the UW Hospitals, is a Madison tradition. Numerous trails trail through the area with views of sailboats in University Bay and Madison on one side and wider vistas… Continue Reading →

Cherokee Marsh – North Unit

To reach the Cherokee Marsh North Unit, take Sherman Avenue and head north. The road will pass the Cherokee Golf Course and eventually turn into a gravel road. Follow this road until you reach the parking lot. There are 3.5… Continue Reading →

UW-Madison Arboretum

Located at the southern edge of the University of Wisconsin is a massive 1200 acre arboretum, open to the public year-round. There’s something for every outdoor enthusiast – 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, science research, a visitor’s center, large wooded… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →