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Family Fun In Madison, Wisconsin

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Every year on our US roadtrip, we stumble upon one city we feel we could really live in.  Whether it was the sunshine or simply the amazing food and music at the farmer’s market, Madison, Wisconsin captured our hearts.  Madison, the State Capital, was the third stop on our amazing Wisconsin roadtrip.  After four days in Chicago, followed by three days in Milwaukee, we headed West (an easy 90 minutes).  We spent two nights in Madison, at a beautiful home about twenty minutes from Madison itself.

What did we do in Madison?

  • Every Saturday morning the streets surrounding the State Capitol building, transform themselves into one of the country’s largest Farmers’ Markets (Dane County Farmers’ Market).  Boy did we have a great time sampling the delicious Wisconsin produce from the ubiquitous squeaky cheese curds to maple syrup.img_8486
    The State Capitol itself is beautiful and they do offer free tours. With young kids in tow, I knew they wouldn’t be interested in a 45 minute tour, so we wandered around at our own quick pace before heading outside to eat more cheese curds.fullsizerender-5
  • The Madison Children’s Museum is a fun way to enthrall the kids for a few hours.  All the activities are hands-on, including an authentic Wisconsin log cabin where kids can pretend to make butter and play games from the olden days.
  • Downtown Madison is great for a stroll, packed with boutiques and cafes.  If you keep walking along State Street, you’ll eventually get to the rather lovely looking University of Wisconsin Campus.  My husband who is a massive stadium fan, even managed to wander in to their Camp Randall Stadium to snap a few photos.img_8505
  • I love to surprise my husband with visits to random museums and Middleton (15 minutes from Madison) is home to the world’s largest collection of mustard at the National Mustard Museum. Travel Tip – always check local listings as to what’s on. We found it we were going to be in town for National Mustard Day, held at the museum.  This was such a laugh – stalls featuring mustard makers and hundreds of samples, mustard themed funfair games, a band and lots of hot dogs. Definitely a fond memory of our entire Wisconsin roadtrip.img_8549

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I was browsing through airbnb and flipping between charming homes in downtown Madison to larger rural properties, about 20 minutes away. I eventually decided on a beautiful property, located near Sun Prairie, seduced by the kids playground and toys. It proved to be one of our favourite properties on the roadtrip.  The detached house had four bedrooms so the kids enjoyed their own rooms (a luxury they don’t have at home). There was plenty of living space and the garden even had a fire pit for s’mores. Once again, an example of how airbnb is changing the accommodation market for the better.  What a delight to be spread out over a large property vs stuffed together in one hotel room.

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  1. MummyTravels

    America does have some of the best unusual museums – a mustard one is definitely unusual!

    1. MummyTravels

      And thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  2. tots2travel

    I love any city that cares about its food – good farmers markets etc. but a mustard museum is a novel addition. #citytripping

  3. Allison

    I’ve heard good things about Madison. I’ve only been there a handful of times to visit my brother but I haven’t had the chance to actually explore the area. #citytripping

  4. fifi + hop

    I have always wanted to visit Madison so I was so glad to see your post about it. I’ve heard for years it’s a cool, beautiful town..I have a lot of friends who went to school there and hear the best things. Have to say – the Mustard Museum looks right up my alley! #citytripping

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