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WhatWhenWhereCostDetailsCOVID-19 Notes
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Dane County Farmers' MarketSaturdays, April-November, 6:00 AM-2:00 PMCapitol Square (moves indoors in wintertime)Free to attendBuy your cheese bread here. Go early to beat the crowds and get your pick of seasonal, local produce. Or risk going in the last 30 minutes and get some good deals on what's left.Not open near the Capitol building for 2020, but can still buy directly from farmers: https://dcfm.org/fresh/covid-19
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Paddling on Lake Wingra or MendotaAll day, ery day when it's not frozenLake Wingra or Monona$Paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes are available to rent. Outdoor-UW rents to students/Union members at the Memorial Union for $9/hr.
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Hoofers A seasonal sport for everybodyBased in Memorial UnionVaries by clubCommunity run outdoor clubs for students and WI Union members. There's Outing, Mountaineering, Ski and Snowboard, Sailing, Diving, and Riding. Pay a relatively small fee to join and get the benefit of free gear use, subsidized trips all over WI and the US, and communities of rad people who like the outdoors. If you are making changes to this document, please make note of the tabs at the bottom and add things to the appropriate sheet. Try to keep formatting, spelling & grammar consistent and make sure you aren't duplicating an existing entry! The idea behind this is to provide "insider information" - the sort of stuff that you can't get from Yelp or Google. Include as much as you can in the details. Thanks!
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Corn MazesFriday before HalloweenDeerfield, WI$5/personWalk around a corn field
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Badger Football gamesSaturdays in the fall (and usually one around New Years in an exotic location)Camp RandallVaries, ~$24 face value for ticketsIf you don't care about football, do not attempt to bike or drive anywhere near Camp Randall/campus because you will be hampered by the sea of red. If you do like football, go to a game, tailgate, day-drink, have fun! If you live near the stadium and have parking available on your property, you can sell parking for up to $15 bucks a spot.
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Eat ice cream at Babcock DairyWhenever you damn well pleaseCorner of Linden and Babcock (across from Biochem Labs)$A frozen treat made by churning a sweetened and flavored custard at low temperatures. Often contains pieces of fruit, nuts, or chocolate. You can put it in a cup and eat it with a spoon, or place it atop an edible cookie-like cone and lick.
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BikeAll year roundEverywhere!$20 for an annual trail pass, free around townThe bike trails in and around Madison are fantastic. The Capitol City loop is a fast and flat 18 miles. For more of a challenge, go west of town and hit the rolling hills around Paoli, Black Earth, or Cross Plains (ride up Barlow Rd. and try not to cry). If you want friends to bike with, check out the Bombay Bicycle Club. And yes, you can ride in the winter. Invest in studded bike tires, ski goggles and helmet, some good mittens and be a badass winter warrior. You'll have to come to terms with the salt wrecking your components so finding a cheapo bike on Craigslist isn't a bad idea.
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Tour the Capitol WheneverThe big white building with the dome and statue on top. FreeSelf-explanatory.
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Rock climbingIndoors anytime, late spring-fall outdoorsThe Sett @ Union South, Boulders Climbing Gym on the east-side, and Devil's Lake State Park$-$$$The Sett has a small wall that is cheap to use and not bad for a quick lunchtime workout. For better and longer routes, go to Boulders. For outdoor climbing, Devil's Lake is the place to go if you have a trad rack and know how to set top-rop anchors safely (no bolts allowed). Very high quality purple quartzite, moderate approaches, and good community. Governor Dodge has sandstone bouldering.
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MUFASpring, Fall, and Summer leaguesVarious city parks$One of the largest Ultimate Frisbee leagues in the country. If you have any friends in Madison, you have friends that play MUFA. There's Spring, Summer, and Fall league - Summer league is the biggest and most recreationally-oriented, but all seasons will provide you with different levels of play based on skill and interest level. Beer is often involved. Summer and Fall are co-ed only.
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Madison Sports and Social ClubSpring, Fall, and Summer leaguesVarious city parks$Similarly, the MSSC has various co-ed leagues like kickball, basketball, flag football, broomball etc. You get 2 free pitchers after each game and it's only once a week so it's not a huge time commitment.
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Concerts and festivals galoreAll summer!Capitol Square, King St., and moreUsually free!
Check isthmus.com for schedules and event details. Actually, use isthmus.com all year.
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Dog parksAll year roundDane county$35 for annual licensingThere's a lot of great off-leash dog parks in Dane county (https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/dogoffleashpark/). If you have a car, a favorite place to visit is Prairie Moraine dog park in Verona.
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