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  • Our Favorite Things To Do During Fall in Madison

    Fall is a great time to visit Madison. Our farmers markets are exploding with late season produce, the cool, crisp air makes biking around town truly invigorating, and our favorite team, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, take the field. Here’s a list of some of our favorite things to do during fall in Madison.

    Dane County Farmers’ Market

    Just one block from the hostel, enjoy the country’s largest producer-only farmers market! Every Saturday 6:15AM – 1:45PM.

    Devils Lake State Park

    Looking to catch some of the best fall colors while you’re in Madison? Devils Lake State Park is an easy one hour drive north. With plenty of hiking paths, bouldering, and canoe rentals this is a great place to be fully immersed in Wisconsin’s nature.


    October 29th is Madison’s annual Halloween and music celebration on State Street. Just blocks from the Madison Hostel enjoy six hours of live entertainment at the region’s largest Halloween party!

    Olbrich Botanical Gardens

    This October, every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evening from 6:30PM-9:30PM there is a special exhibit “GLEAM, Art in a New Light” which features illuminated art installations in the garden – a must see! Just 3 miles away the local bus will take you straight there in just 15 minutes.

    Visit Wisconsin’s State Capitol Just two blocks is the beautiful state capitol building. Free tours are offered daily on the hour or do a self-tour, be sure to check out the 360 degree view from the observation deck!

    Apple Picking

    It would not be fall in the Midwest without enjoying a little apple picking! There are a variety of orchards within a 15 mile radius of Madison. One of our favorites is Eplegaarden in Fitchburg, where you can pick apples, raspberries, and pumpkins.

    Bike Around

    Biking is one of the best ways to see all the sites of Madison! Our staff can help you locate a nearby BCycle station or rental bike store so you can get around with ease. There are endless bike paths that are gorgeously colored in the fall.

    Attend a Badger Game University of Wisconsin Football is one of the most attended events in Madison. Attending a home game truly lives up to all the hype! Even if it’s not a home game watching the game at a local bar with all the spirited fans is an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon.