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Parks & nature in Madison

Garden
“Great in all seasons. Gorgeous gardens (free) and indoor conservatory ($2/person).”
50 locals recommend
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“1200 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs and nearly 20 miles of hiking trials!”
25 locals recommend
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“Great place to lie in the sun or shade, take a quick dip in the lake, play volleyball or even rent a canoe or kayak. There is a nice place structure for kids as well. ”
15 locals recommend
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“Great spot to take the pups for a walk, or just an easy place to walk around and experience nature”
11 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This relatively easy hiking location is very popular and right on campus. I love it because it’s like being on Lake Mendota without needing a boat. ”
11 locals recommend
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“Trails from this park follow the shoreline of Lake Monona which will lead you to downtown Madison for a stunning view of our great city!”
6 locals recommend
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“Beautiful contemporary garden designs and a great collection of perennials, alpines, annuals, interesting accent trees and shrubs. ”
8 locals recommend
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“The 550-acre conservancy protects Pheasant Branch Creek, which supplies Lake Mendota with 1,800 gallons of crystal-clear water every minute. Visitors will find extensive nature trails running throughout this oasis of pristine woods and wetlands. Beautiful trails for walking, running, biking. ”
6 locals recommend
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“Hoyt Park is the neighborhood park. They have fire pits, grills, hiking trails. You can do a nice 1.5 mile loop through the park from where you are staying and back. Marshall gives it 4 paws of approval!”
3 locals recommend
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“They have a little splash pad during the summer, parks for the kids, a disc golf course, a great sledding hill in winter, plus a basketball court.”
6 locals recommend
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“Cherokee Marsh is minutes away. Beautiful hiking trails, bird watching, cross country sking, snow shoeing and fishing ”
3 locals recommend
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“Rental boats on a non-motor lake! canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board, etc.”
6 locals recommend
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“This park is one of the largest and most diverse in the area. Whether you would like to go for a run, a walk, take the kids to the playground or splash pad, or play tennis, baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, ultimate, etc..... This park is less than a mile away. A quick walk to some great outdoor activities. ”
4 locals recommend
Lake
“A smaller lake with less traffic, you can throw a frisbee around in the nearby park or rent water sports equipment (paddleboards, paddleboats, etc) and get right on the water. Good for fishing too. ”
4 locals recommend
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“Great community lakefront park complete with, boat launch, picnicking, canoe and kayak rental, tennis courts and biergarten. The 5 minute walk or 10 minute stroll is up to you.”
3 locals recommend