Wisconsin becomes the adventurer's playground in the summer time. Whether curious about canoeing, hiking & climbing in natural areas, tasting locally produced cheeses & craft beers, exploring Madison's music, art, and festival scene, there is something for everyone in Madison and throughout the state. Plan on an extra day or two to take advantage of all that we have to offer! ....Did I mention the cheese and beer?
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Camping, Hiking, Exploring in Wisconsin
Spend some time in the great outdoors during your trip to Madison! Check out campsite reservations, and reserve early! Popular camping/hiking destinations near SW Wisconsin include:
- Devils Lake State Park (hiking, kayaking, camping, climbing)
- Buckhorn State Park
- Blue Mounds State Park
- Governer Dodge State Park
- Kickapoo Valley Reserve (short hike-in only)
Places to visit, things to do around Madison, WI
Canoe, Kayak, & SUP rentals on Lake Monona, within walking distance from Monona Terrace
Sunsets, live music, beer, & brats at UW Madison's hallmark Memorial Union Terrace is one of the best summer activities around Madison!
Vilas Zoo (free!) AZA accredited, and conservation-minded, a great place to bring your family before or after the conference.
Madison's Bike Trails Rent a bike and explore the city! Capitol City Trail is recommended!
Madison's restaurants and breweries Madison's Best-of list is a great place to start when deciding where to go!
The Farmer's Market (Saturday) largest in the country, teeming with locally grown produce, crafts, live music, and hot spicy cheesebread! not to be missed! (indoor at Monona Terrace during the winter, around Capitol Square during the summer)