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Published on June 10, 2014

Five Local Father’s Day Activities

Whether Dad’s a rowdy sports fan or a quiet appreciator of the arts, we’ve got you covered for Father’s Day weekend in Madison.

The History Buff: Is Dad really into history? Like Civil War reenactor into history? Take him to a themed museum, where there will be tons of stuff he can get excited about. The Mid-Continent Railway Museum offers an hour-long train ride on a former line of the historic Chicago and North Western Railway. The coaches are restored cars built over 100 years ago. The museum also features displays, art and memorabilia.

The Outdoorsman: For all those dads who love the great outdoors, try a scenic bike ride. The Sugar River Trail is a 24-mile-long route that follows an abandoned railroad line. You’ll see prairies, farmlands, tributaries, woods and more. You can make a weekend of it and camp at the New Glarus Woods State Park. Or stop in one of the many villages along the trail to sample local cheese, beer and artisan food. The trail is accessible through the Badger Trail in Fitchburg.

The Sports Enthusiast: Don’t feel like sitting in traffic to get to a Brewer’s game, but still want to take Dad to a sporting event? There are Mallards games all weekend long at Warner Park. Friday is Office Space Night, Saturday is Summertime St. Patty’s Day and Sunday is the Father’s Day Meat Raffle. Saturday’s game also includes fireworks! The games are filled with fun interludes the whole family will enjoy.

The Laidback Guy: Maybe Dad just doesn’t want to make a fuss about the whole day. Head to Vilas Park for a relaxing day along the shore of Lake Wingra. Bring a grill and a cooler and make a day of it! There’s plenty to keep everybody occupied – tennis courts, playgrounds, a bike path, fishing piers and ponds filled with wildlife. The Henry Vilas Zoo is also adjacent to the park. Sometimes Dad just needs a day to get outside and unwind. 

The Art Aficionado: Is Dad more the creative type? The Chazen Museum of Art has two special exhibitions and tours on both Saturday and Sunday of Father’s Day Weekend. One of the exhibits is “A Passion for Photography: The John W. and Carol L.H. Green Collection,” which features striking black-and-white photography from the first half of the twentieth century. Or take a 40-minute Docent’s Choice tour around the museum. Afterward, stroll over to the beautiful Memorial Union Terrace for a brat and the beautiful view!

What are your Father’s Day plans? Share them below!

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