Madison, WI Activities Overview: Biking, Parks, Water Sports

Madison residents enjoy year-round recreation indoors and out.

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US Bank Building on Capital Square,  Madison, WI
Photo courtesy of the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Even when the seasons change, there is plenty to keep residents active in Madison. Here's a run-down of the top things to do:


Madison residents love to enjoy fresh air, and what better way to do that than on a bike? In fact, Madison is number seven on Bicycling magazine’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, and the city has an extensive network of lanes and paths for cycling.


The city features more than 250 parks, and these parks keep residents busy having fun outside. Four-legged friends are welcome at many parks, but only with a dog park permit and license. The parks division also has 13 beaches, and 10 of those have lifeguard services.

On the Water

The city is situated on an isthmus between two glacial lakes, so it’s common to see residents enjoying fun in the water. Boating and wakeboarding are among the most popular water activities in the city.

Winter Sports

When temperatures drop, the fun doesn’t have to stop outside. Madison residents love to ice skate at one of the city’s 12 outdoor rinks operated by the parks department. Parks also offer great opportunities for cross-country skiing and sledding.

Recreation Center

For those who would rather remain indoors, the Warner Park Community Recreation Center offers a variety of opportunities for fun. While it does have a gymnasium and exercise facility, this recreation center also has craft rooms and space for community events.

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