Events & Activities in Madison

Up to 65% Off Bowling

Multiple Locations

$55 $19

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Bowling balls crash through pins on modern bowling lanes while cooks grill entrees at the in-house restaurant with a full bar

Up to 54%% Off Horseback-Riding Lesson

Madison Horse Connection

$40 $19

Budding equestrians young and old learn basic horsemanship and a variety of steed-steering disciplines during indoor or outdoor lessons

Up to 61% Off Fitness Classes at R U FIT

Madison

$75 $35

Seasoned personal trainers customize encouraging, yet challenging workouts and meal plans to help fitness seekers achieve their health goals

Up to 67% Off Tennis Lessons

Multiple Locations

$35 $15

80-minute lessons teach classes of up to two or four people the techniques to improve their tennis game

Up to 54% Off Roller Skating at Fast Forward Skate Center

Madison

$20 $10

Skate to musical hits both new and old in an indoor roller skating rink with a game room and full service snack bar

Up to 63% Off Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Madison

Multiple Locations

$134 $49

Experienced instructors lead dancers and optional partners through private, personalized lessons and practice parties

51% Off Three Months of Unlimited Karate Lessons

State Street

$342 $169

Instructors teach shaolin kempo karate, an accessible form of self-defense for kids and adults that uses hands, feet, grappling, and felling

Up to 85% Off at Fit Body Boot Camp

FBBC Madison

$185 $39

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

Up to 58% Off Dance Classes

Madison

$110 $49

Students of all experience levels learn ballroom steps & spins in classes of 12–15 dancers

Up to 79% Off at Dragonfly Hot Yoga | Barre

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

Ancient poses and exercises in heated room help limber muscles and oust toxins; BarreAmped classes incorporate Pilates and ballet exercises

64% Off Adult Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$219 $79

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Ever-changing 45-minute workouts use resistance training to tone muscle and burn fat

Up to 78% Off Group Martial Arts Classes

Madison

$115 $30

Instructors empower students by teaching them effective self-defense techniques derived from the ancient martial arts traditions of Japan

55% Off Boot Camp

Maple Bluff

$129 $58

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Up to 68% Off Introductory Beekeeping Class

Mad Urban Bees

$125 $45

Honey makers impart beekeeping knowledge to students in hands-on classes that include all equipment and full-body keepers' suits

Up to 63% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Madison

$100 $44.99

Expert trainers lead students through boot-camp classes that are appropriate for all fitness levels

Up to 76% Off at Boulders Climbing Gym

Hawthorne

$100 $24

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Wall crawlers scramble over 8,000 sq. ft. of climbing surfaces and supporting ascents

50% Off Workout Classes

Business Park

$100 $50

Instructors lead small groups through engaging workouts that incorporate suspension training, kettlebells, and training ropes

Up to 51% Off CrossFit

CrossFit Pioneer

$50 $25

Coaches scale all functional, calorie-roasting cross-training routines to individual fitness abilities and goals

Up to 66% Off Yoga Classes

Fitchburg

$130 $49

Yoga focuses on health and healing with movement

Up to 72% Off Boot Camp at Get Fit with Brian

Fitchburg

$90 $29

Certified trainer Brian Austin leads indoor and outdoor boot camps that blend intense cardio with weight training and ab work

Up to 71% Off at Madison Pilates

Fitchburg

$120 $35

Pilates lessons use apparatus to strengthen core muscles; Reformer Pilates classes use spring resistance to guide bodies

Up to 54% Off 9-Hole Rounds at Argue-Ment Golf Course

New Glarus

$26 $13

Small bentgrass greens create challenging putts on links-style nine-hole course that features water hazards on three holes

Up to 69% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Verona

$120 $45

Burn fat, increase flexibility, and tone muscle during scalable, one-hour boot camps

Up to 61% Off at Energy Center Fitness Club

Mount Horeb

$75 $35

Boot camp, Zumba, yoga, and cycling quicken pulses in group fitness classes

Up to 50% Off at Broadlands Golf Club

North Prairie

$136 $68

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Links-style course encompasses 6,884 yards of bentgrass fairways and greens, wide-open terrain, occasional water hazards, and 4 sets of tees

Half Off All-Access Amusement-Park Wristbands

Marshall

$87.80 $44

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26 rides and attractions include roller coasters, go-karts, a kiddie ferris wheel, bumper boats, and a mini golf course

44% Off Services

Hampden

$25 $14

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84% Off Kickboxing Classes

Stoughton

$314 $49

Students burn calories, boost their strength, and learn hard-hitting kickboxing techniques with a month of fitness kickboxing classes

Up to 47% Off Golf at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club

Koshkonong Mounds CC

$92 $55

Opened in 1870 as a club for huntsmen, the converted golf facility undulates across rolling pastureland with mature tree-lined fairways

Up to 58% Off Glass-Blowing Classes

Cambridge

$50 $25

Create up to 10 glass-blown ornaments during three-hour workshop led by artist and proprietor; all supplies included

Up to 57% Off at Apocalypse Paintball

Dekorra

$89 $44.50

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50 acres of outdoor terrain are shaped into 15 fields including a WWII-themed area, two speedball fields, and a 40,000-square-foot castle

Up to 56% Off Golf at Portage Country Club

Portage

$108 $49

Nestled along the waters of Swan Lake, 18-hole course presents an open layout

Up to 51% Off Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard Rental

Multiple Locations

$26 $13

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Paddlers glide through Lake Delton, Dell Creek, or Mirror Lake State Park, passing sandstone bluffs and towering white pines

53% Off a Wine Tasting for Two

Baraboo

$64 $30

All-natural sulfite-free fruit wines paired with Wisconsin cheese, chocolate-wine truffles, breads and oils, and jumbo shrimp

Up to 49% Off Golf at Baraboo Country Club

Baraboo

$102 $53

Unrivaled views of surrounding bluffs, scenic water features, and slick greens challenge golfers across an 18-hole course

Up to 55% Off Small Group Training Sessions

Janesville

$500 $250

Total body workouts include kickboxing, boot camp and tabata sessions; exercise with BOSU, battle ropes or kettle bells

Up to 73% Off at CrossFit 608

Janesville

$120 $39

CrossFit classes feature a new workout each day, blending aspects of running, weightlifting, and gymnastics

Up to 65% Off Classes at Touch of Pilates

Janesville

$50 $19.99

Gain long, lean muscles in these classical Pilates group classes

Half Off Tour at Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

$20 $10

Follow a distillery guide behind the scenes, sample handcrafted spirits, and head out with a 750mL bottle of vodka and branded sampler glass

52% Off from Great Lakes Hang Gliding

Great Lakes Hang Gliding

$309.99 $149

Give the gift of flight as students learn basic hang glider controls, safety, and take their first jump strapped to a seasoned instructor

42% Off Tandem Hang Gliding

Delavan Lake

$259 $149

A tandem hang-gliding flight with a certified instructor affords novices the chance to take the controls safely

Up to 51% Off Round of Golf with Cart

Horicon

$70 $35

Navigate water hazards on 13 of the 18 holes of this picturesque course along the shore of the Rock River

35% Off from Great Lakes Skydiving

Beloit

$229 $149

Glide down to earth from up to 14,000 feet in the air while attached to the certified instructor for the entire jump

67% Off Kids' Swim Lessons

South Beloit

$106.50 $35

Instructors teach water safety, breathing, and stroke techniques to kids of all abilities

50% Off Tandem Skydiving Jumps

Beloit

$299.99 $149

While strapped to an experienced instructor, guests experience a 60-second freefall followed by a leisurely 6- to 9-minute parachute ride

Up to 59% Off a Supercar Driving or Ride-Along Experience

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

Kettle Moraine Golf Club – Up to 49% Off

Ottawa

$133 $69

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Drive range balls before cartpooling across 18 holes characterized by scenic wetlands, towering arbors, and multiple doglegs

Up to 85% Off a Fitness Program or Training

Oconomowoc

$865 $129

A four-week fitness program includes group fitness classes such as boot camp and Zumba; personal trainers customize workouts to each client

50% Off Services

Hartland

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 74% Off Yoga Classes in Oconomowoc 

Oconomowoc

$150 $39

Studio focuses teaching on Vinyasa-style and offers specialized classes such as teen yoga, deaf yoga, and power and gentle sessions

Up to 58% Off Golf Outing for Two or Four

Oconomowoc

$106 $50

Golf cart takes duffers gliding through narrow, tree-lined fairways of 6,576 yd. layout that puts water hazards in play on seven holes

55% Off Personal Training at The Gym

Roscoe

$100 $45

Certified personal trainers tailor workouts to each client and employ a mix of weight lifting, cardio work, and resistance training

78% Off CrossFit Program at CrossFit Roscoe

Roscoe

$270 $59

Trainers introduce students to CrossFit’s philosophy and teach them proper techniques for lifts and exercises

45% Off

Roscoe

$75 $41

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Up to 51% Off Riding & Groundwork Lessons

Waupun

$75 $37

Experienced, enthusiastic instructor trains students and horses to work as a team

Up to 75% Off Spring Kickoff Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$230 $59

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Three different boot-camp training sessions each week kickstart fitness with 21-day fat-loss meal plan and initial body fat analysis

Up to 60% Off Boot Camp

Machesney Park

$97 $39

Instructors lead small groups through high-intensity fitness routines tailor-made to strengthen cores and boost endurance

50% Off at Classics and Chrome Indoor Car Show

At the Corner of Route 251 and 173 in Machesney Park

$16 $8

Auto show highlights classic and custom such as hot rods, pre- and postwar cars, muscle and sports cars, and motorcycles

51% Off a Kids' Birthday Party at Sapora Playworld

Loves Park

$192 $95

Sock-footed kids play safely on the soft surfaces at an indoor playground with a separate area for toddlers

49% Off Five or Six Weeks of Ice-Skating Lessons

Loves Park

$55 $28

17,000 ft. indoor rink hosts ice-skating lessons for adults and kids

79% Off Children's Mixed Martial Arts Classes

Loves Park

$239 $55

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Martial arts classes enstill confidence, humility, self discipline, and patience in kids

Up to 91% Off MMA and Women's Boot-Camp Classes

Loves Park

$340 $30

MMA classes pull from jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, & boxing & boot camp helps women reach their fitness goals in a supportive group environment

55% Off at B & B Park Bowl

Loves Park

$58 $26

Groups of up to six take to one of B & B's eight lanes, at a family-friendly bowling alley open since the 1950s

Up to 50% Off at Prairie View Golf Club

Byron

$86 $43

18-hole, par 72 course—designed by renowned architect James Spear—suited for golfers of all abilities

46% Off Canoe Trip for Four

Canoe the Kish

$140 $75

After learning basic paddling techniques, duos take canoes on leisurely drifts past the Kishwaukee River's scenery and abundant wildlife

50% Off Services

Southeast

$60 $30

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Up to 51% Off Dance Lessons at McNulty School of Irish Dance

Allegro Academy Dance Room

$42 $21

Youth or preschool classes held Saturdays teach youngsters the movements and techniques of Irish dance

50% Off Services

Northeast

$60 $30

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76% Off at Wyldside Paintball

Wyld Side Paintball

$120 $29

Referees set up scenarios and games to play across outdoor fields filled with dense forests, manmade structures, and inflatable cover

Up to 85% Off Paintball for Four, Six, or Twelve

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

50% Off Children's Yoga at Nspired Yoga

Northeast Rockford

$40 $20

On Saturday mornings, children learn the importance of exercise during age-appropriate yoga classes

Up to 54% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Rockton

$40 $20

Instructor with more than 15 years of teaching experience leads kids and adults around an indoor arena during 60-minute riding lessons

Half Off Billiards and Drinks

Signal Hill

$10 $5

Players wash down Pepsi products during one- or two-hour sessions of billiards at a café with 17 tables

Up to 51% Off Warrant, Quiet Riot, and Lita Ford

Waukesha

$80 $39

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Glam rock and ‘80s metal rise again as Warrant, Quiet Riot, Lita Ford, Firehouse, and Eric Martin take the stage at the Waukesha fairgrounds

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 86% Off at CrossFit Consumed

Waukesha

$130 $18

Intensive, ever-changing CrossFit workouts combine weightlifting and gymnastics moves

Up to 52% Off Boot-Camp and Kickboxing Classes

Waukesha

$60 $29

Boot-camp, cardio-kickboxing, Zumba dance, and ab-work classes in an encouraging environment

Up to 80% Off Martial Arts Classes or Birthday Party Package

Multiple Locations

$159 $39

Kids and adults can enroll in martial arts classes, which include uniforms, or enroll together; birthday parties accommodate up to 20 kids

Up to 81% Off at Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

$134 $25

Dance professionals pass on their know-how in private lessons that may incorporate elements of swing, salsa, tango, and waltz styles

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On June 30, 1904 Col. William and Anna Vilas donated a tract of land to become a public park and free recreational space in memory of their son, Henry, who died due to complications from diabetes at a young age. They added numerous improvements over the decade and in 1911, the Henry Vilas Zoo gained its first animal exhibits. Today, the zoo covers 30 acres and features a number of creatures from around the world, ranging from the vanishing chimpanzee and endangered red panda to locals such as the great horned owl and american alligator. The zoo also remains one of the few free AZA-accredited zoos across the country.

Leading up to and following the zoo's centennial, the ReZOOvenation project has expanded the visitor areas, replacing the entrance and gift shop and adding a tropical-rainforest aviary and big-cat complex. A variety of annual events are scheduled, including Halloween at the Zoo, with costumes and stops for sustainable palm-oil candy, and earth day, when children can plant trees to help lower the global temperature just enough for icicles to form. The zoo’s many conservation projects also engage the public in protecting the environment and its inhabitants by installing solar-energy panels, sponsoring trips to save endangered orangutans, and collecting old cell phones.

702 S Randall Ave
Madison,
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Behind State Street Brats' charming Old-World half-timbered façade, a convivial bar-and-grill atmosphere welcomes visitors to lively feastings of pub fare. With a special focus on sausages and cheesy meals, the menu celebrates the best-loved staples of Midwestern cuisine. Chefs serve up brats two traditional ways, with the Sheboygan-style white brat soaked in beer and red brats split open and grilled for a smoky flavor. Patrons can customize their orders at the condiment bar by slathering on a wide selection of toppings, such as tomatoes and sauerkraut, and picking the best flavor from a spread of local mustards, including Koops, Silver Spring, and Mustard Girl.

A two-time finalist for Madison Magazine’s Best Sports Bar, with a gold in 2011 and silver in 2012, State Street Brats relishes the company of happy regulars and avid sports fans there to catch games on the bar’s 25 TVs. Extensive cable and digital subscriptions keep crowds entertained with professional football and baseball or collegiate action. Four evenings a week, the second floor comes to life with a live DJ and a packed dance floor. Bartenders also keep fans on their toes with themed specials, such as Flip Night Tuesday, where patrons can flip a coin to determine how much their drinks cost.

603 State St
Madison,
WI
US

The Capitol Pedaler was designed and built by a Dutchman in bicycle-happy Amsterdam before arriving in Madison to whisk travelers around town in eco-friendly style. Lovingly referred to as “The Big Red Bike”, it adopted its signature hue state-side in honor of the Wisconsin Badgers, and frequently takes breaks from escorting pub-crawlers and wedding parties to ferry fans on game day. Capable of accommodating up to 14 passengers, with the recommended group size of at least six–eight pedalers the vehicle typically cruises at 5–7 miles per hour—the perfect speed for drag racing local steamrollers.

Prechosen routes include excursions to the zoo or the Old Sugar Distillery, making up to three preselected stops en route at local bars, public parks, and coffee shops. While alcoholic drinks aren’t allowed on the foot-powered party bus, passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks and nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy between stops, and can blast premade playlists of party songs or favorite commercial jingles courtesy of an on-board stereo with iPod and mp3-player connections.

627 West Main Street
Madison,
WI
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The tough-as-nails ladies in the Mad Rollin' Dolls roller-derby league wow audiences with equal parts strength, speed, and glitter. Since their first season in 2005, skaters and MRD volunteers alike have donated their blood, sweat, and tears to the sport that promotes female athleticism and team spirit in a fun, competitive atmosphere. During the 30-minute bouts, fans cheer and sneer as the jammers attempt to lap the opposing team for points, and the blockers clear the way for their mates while putting the hurt on those who try to stop them. The season's schedule culminates in a championship match, in which the two mightiest teams battle for the title and a lifetime supply of solid-gold mouth guards.

Since the team is committed to supporting their community, a portion of the proceeds from each Mad Rollin' Dolls bout goes to various charities, which in the past have included Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Alliance for Animals, and Badger Childhood Cancer Network.

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison,
WI
US

Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.

Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.

1726 Eagan Rd.
Madison,
WI
US

All of Badgerland Bowling Centers' six locations have a lot in common. At each location, groups hurtle colorful balls down slick, glossy lanes, refueling at an onsite restaurant between matches. All of the alleys host birthday, work, and fundraising parties and tournaments such as the Badgerland Bowling 300 Club—which has doled out more than $35,000 in cash prizes since 2002—and the Badgerland Open, which welcomed 113 competitors in 2011, one of whom snagged a grand prize of $500 and 1,000 bragging rights.

But like sextuplets working undercover for the CIA, each center also maintains a unique identity. At Badger Bowl in Madison, live musicfloods the lanes on weekends, and dancers jump and jive on West Coast Swing nights on Wednesday. Nearby at Dream Lanes, laser and disco lights slice through fog amid thundering music during Ultra Bowling every Friday and Saturday evening.

208 Owen Road
Monona,
WI
US