The capital of Wisconsin, Madison, sits west of Minneapolis, with the capital building right between two lakes. During Fabgrandpa and my nearly 13 years of travel in an RV, we never made it up there. We did, however, meet quite a few people from Wisconsin, and have been thinking of visiting a couple of them sometime. Because we have friends living there, I was researching thing to do in the area, just in case this is the year we go. Here are some of the things I found that would be of interest to me in the Madison, Wisconsin area.
Cave of the Mounds. While I am not a spelunker, I do love caves. I am always amazed at the graceful formations found underground, formed by millions of years of water dripping.
Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is celebrating 78 years since the Cave opened for tours. Since then Cave of the Mounds has become the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Guided tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways departing regularly every day of the year.
After a cave tour, you can dig for fossils, mine for gems, hike a trail, stroll through the gardens, have a picnic, or shop in the gift shop. I would love to go there.
BiPlane Rides of America. Want to see the city from above? Catch a ride on a restored 1929 biplane. A 15 minute flight is a great experience and offers a nice taste of the open flying cockpit adventure while viewing the beautiful local sights of Middleton and the surrounding area. This flight is $80 per person (fare based on a minimum of 2 passengers and may cost more for a single passenger). Check out their website for more information.
Capital City Food Tours. OMG! Yes. I love to try out the local eateries where ever we go, so this tour would be on my list for sure. Right now they are offering two tours. The Capital City Tour is a stroll around the capital square while learning about the history and architecture of Madison, and sampling local dishes at several restaurants. My kind of tour for sure!. The second tour is the Fifth Quarter Tour, which is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Madison.
Mukwonago Red Brick Museum. If you like to explore Native American history, this museum located in the heart of downtown Mukwonago, Wisconsin was first established in 1967. The Red Brick House was purchased with funds left by Mr. Arthur Grutzmacher. Built in 1842 by original Mukwonago settler Sewall Andrews, the home has been restored to a lovely Victorian house, reminiscent of the post-Civil War period. The Grutzmacher museum, one of two museums in the house, has a room devoted to local Native American artifacts such as clothing, furs, beads, pottery, arrowheads, weapons and other items. It would definitely be worth the short drive from Madison to see.
What kind of tours do you like to go on? Would you rather go to a food tour or a ghost tour? For me, it would definitely be a food tour.