From Lake Monona to Lake Mendota: Part 1

As one of just two United States cities on an isthmus, Madison offers incredible topography. The downtown area sits near two beautiful lakes perfect for those seeking incredible scenery and water activities. Here's our first part to a series of blog posts about the many things you can do between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin.

Take in Events at Central Park

Since 2014, Central Park has been the host of many community events. You can check out a ton of great events here including Food Cart Fest, Central Park Sessions, LA Fete de Marquette and so much more.

Take a Scenic Bike Ride

The Lake Loop offers one of the most amazing bike trails in the entire state. Start at Olin Turville Park and head out for a 12-mile ride. You'll enjoy incredible lake views and some of the best neighborhood views in the city. Make sure you stop at the Monona Bait & Ice Cream Shop for a treat!

Rent a Water Craft from Brittingham Boats

Whether you choose a Stand Up Paddleboard or an actual boat, you can enjoy the water with a rental from Brittingham Boats. They offer all kinds of options and even host an SUP Polo league. You can enjoy participating in the league or schedule a private party with them.

Enjoy a Family Day at the Beach or Park

Around Lake Mendota and Lake Monona there are several great parks and beaches. You can enjoy a family day at one of the many choices including Tenney Park. This park offers boating, fishing, swimming, rollerblading and so much more. Other beaches to enjoy around these two beautiful lakes include:

  • B.B. Clarke Beach
  • Bernie's Beach
  • Brittingham Beach
  • Esther Beach
  • James Maddison Beach
  • Marshall Beach
  • Olbrich Beach
  • Olin Beach
  • Spring Harbor Beach
  • Vilas Beach
  • Warner Beach

Once the season starts, all of these beaches will be open for families to enjoy.

There are so many things to do around Lake Monona and Lake Mendota in Madison that we couldn't possibly cover it all in one blog post. Make sure to check out the other posts in this series for more great things to do throughout our wonderful isthmus.

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