10 Fun Winter Activities In Madison WisconsinSunday, January 16th, 2011
It’s true, the weather is so blustery-cold that you’d rather stay indoors with a hot cocoa and a movie on most winter days. However, come late January / early February, cabin fever sets in for many folks. Luckily, Madison Wisconsin has a number of fun activities to help you beat the winter blues and pre-spring anxiety.
- For Families: Check out the Madison Children’s Museum, which charges only $5 for admission. Unique exhibits include: Let’s Grow, which teaches kids about gardening; Building Boom, where kids can be construction workers and build their ideal city; and Dig Into Dinosaurs, which develops kids’ interest in archaeology and paleontology.
- For Sports Fans: Catch a football game at Camp Randall Stadium, home to the University of Wisconsin Badgers “Big Ten” team. At Middleton High School’s field, you can also see the newly formed Madison Mustangs, a semi-pro football team in the Ironman Football League. The Wisconsin Badgers college hockey and basketball teams play at the Kohl Center.
- For Art-Lovers: The Madison Overture Center for the Arts features concerts, operas, ballets, film festivals, cabaret dinner theater, Broadway plays and comedy performances all winter long.
- For the Skiiers: Check out Madison Parks’ groomed cross-country trails at Elver Park, Odana Hills Golf Course, Monona Golf Course, Turville Woods, Owen Conservation Park, or South Cherokee Marsh.
- For Botanists: Olbrich Botanical Gardens has a number of events during the winter time. Whether you like concerts, African drumming and dancing, flower shoes, wine and chocolate tasting, outdoor winter runs, or creative workshops, there is much to see and do at this 16-acre nature hotspot. Best of all, admission is free!
- For Ice Skaters: Hit up outdoor rinks at the following parks: Elver, Tenney and Vilas, Olbrich, Westmorland, Warner, Garner and Goodman.
- For Sledders: Exhilarating (but safe) sledding hills can be found at Elver, Olbrich, Sycamore, Hiestand, Berkley and Warner Parks if the temperatures are low enough and there are several inches of snow. Elver Park is a great place for families, since there is a warming house and concession stand in addition to the sledding hill.
- For Festival Lovers: Winter Festival in Capitol Square is a weekend winter celebration that showcases snow sports, ice carving, snow sculpting and local exhibitors, with ample opportunities to cross country ski, tube, snowshow, snowboard, run, walk, or bike. This event usually occurs sometime in February.
- For Animal Lovers: Take a romantic horse-pulled sleigh ride throughout East Madison from Purity Spring Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides.
- For Extreme Sports Fans: Snowmobile Dane County with likeminded individuals by contacting Darren Marsh, the Dane County Snowmobile Coordinator at 608-224-3730.