If you’re headed to the CrossFit Games, you’ll need the local scoop to make the most of your trip. Luckily for you, we have boots on the ground. When it comes to what to do, where to explore and what to eat while you’re in Madison, Wisconsin, we’ve got you covered.
If the weather is good, you should rent a bike. Madison is a cycling-friendly town, and this will give you a richer experience of the city. Lean heavily on John Nolen Drive for your commutes. It has a bike path that connects the Alliant to downtown Madison. Check Madison BCycle or Machinery Row Bicycles to get your wheels!
While in Madison, know that you’re in lake country. Whether it’s Lake Mendota, Lake Monona or Lake Wingra, you’ve got beautiful options for picnic and water activities. Lake Mendota is the largest and is home to James Madison Park, Tenney Park, Picnic Point and Memorial Union, where you can get your rentals. Lake Monona is closest to the CrossFit action and has a great view of the capitol. If you want to feel like you’re away from the city, Lake Wingra is your spot. It even has a zoo!
The first rule of traveling is to eat like a local, so make no exception in Madison. Embrace the locally owned establishments with seasonal menus for the best eating venues. If you’re looking for a farmers market, you can find the Dane County Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning around Capitol Square. Just try to get in there before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds.
Looking for some farm-to-table dining? Try Marigold Kitchen or Bradbury’s. If you’re in the mood for pizza, you can try Grandpa’s Pizzeria and walk next door to Gib’s, which is a two-story house that’s been turned into a trendy bar.
Lastly, it’d be silly to go to Wisconsin and not experience the cheese. The best fried curds in town can be found at The Old Fashioned and the Tipsy Cow.
Soak up Madison!