Madison Summer Fun That Won’t Break The Bank

Low cost fun things to do in Madison.
Madison Summer fun that won’t break the bank!

Summer in Madison. There is nothing like it. Take time to pause and enjoy the moment. The best part of summer in Madison is the variety of activities and outings to select from, all without breaking open the piggy bank.

It wasn’t easy but I narrowed down my favorite all-time Madison summer activities. Put these things on your calendar for your best Madison summer yet!

  1. Take in a Concert on the Square, every Wednesday at 7pm through August 3.
  2. Discover the history and flavors of Babcock Dairy ice cream at the Memorial Union Terrace.
  3. Enjoy a Bird & Nature Walk with Madison Parks.
  4. On foot or bike, see all that the UW Arboretum has to offer.
  5. Catch the Blooming Butterflies exhibit at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens through August 7.
  6. Try a free yoga class at the Olin Park Pavillion.
  7. Another great day trip: Sandy Beach (Lake Mills)
  8. Pump up the tires, fill up the water bottle and discover the 17 glorious miles that make up the Capitol City State Trail.
  9. Experience Dane Dances at the Monona Terrace.
  10. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it at Picnic Point.
  11. Go sailing on Lake Mendota.
  12. Paddle Boat or Canoe on Lake Wingra.
  13. Visit a new city park each week.
  14. Take the family to a Highway 18 Drive-In movie.
  15. Swim in a lake or pool – or check out a splash pad!
  16. Enjoy the bargains and people watching during Maxwell Street Days.
  17. Take a break from heat at one of the many events hosted by the Madison Public Library including film screenings, book discussions, or classes.
  18. After iced coffee, potato donuts and fresh flowers from the Dane County Farmers Market, enjoy the scene from the capitol lawn.
  19. Discover the DreamBank. You’ll thank us.
  20. Plan now to see the sunflowers at Pope Farms in early August – this is must-see!
  21. Discover the area’s many pick-your-own farms and orchards.
  22. Check out the many summer festivals taking place in the area: parades, races, fireworks and more!
  23. Take in a ballgame with the Madison Mallards.
  24. Explore 442 acres of perfection at Indian Lake Park.
  25. Join a DCCU Cares volunteer event.

What is your favorite part of summer in Madison?



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Hillary W.

Hillary is a 2008 graduate of UW-Madison. She is a proud Badger all the way, but her strong love of travelling led her to a graduate program out in Phoenix, AZ, which she absolutely adored. Now, back in Madison, Hillary is once again connected to her Wisconsin roots. In the winter, you can find her on the ski slopes whenever she has time. In summer, she's on the bike path or enjoying a good book along any stretch of lakefront. Also a passionate Mallards fan, look for her at Warner Park whenever a game is in town!