Explore Outdoor Madison

There are fun activities and natural physical distancing found in our five lakes, hundreds of parks and 240 miles of bike trails to keep one busy for an extended weekend getaway.

“Explore Outdoor Madison” focuses on four themes: lakes, picnics, green spaces and trails. Each week through the end of July, Destination Madison will reveal its picks for urban outdoor adventures, from old favorites to underappreciated treasures.  Destination Madison is collaborating with local businesses to offer accompaniments to time outside, including picnic packages, games and activities, as well as other accessories to enhance an outdoor adventure.

As part of “Explore Outdoor Madison,” Destination Madison, together with surrounding communities Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg and Sun Prairie, have curated 12 iconic outdoor adventures throughout Dane County. These experiences will be released twice a week and added below. Activities include the Lake Monona Loop, Picnic Point and Lakeshore Path, Frank Lloyd Wright Lakeside and more. So be sure to check back often!

Go Bike Riding!

LAKE MONONA BIKE LOOP – This is one of Madison’s most classic bike routes and perfect for families. Unbeatable views of Lake Monona — the second in our chain of lakes. The Madison skyline. Lakeside neighborhoods. All paved, with signs marking your way. 13 glorious miles. There’s a natural stop along the route at the Monona Bait & Ice Cream Shop which has motivated many a young biker to keep going when 13 miles starts to feel long. Bikers looking to get a workout can loop the lake without stops. There are some minor hills to keep the legs burning and heart pumping. Not limited to bikers only, take a long walk or run and experience the route from a different vantage point.