10 Camping Hacks + Places to Camp Near Madison, WI

Summer has finally arrived. Now that you’re set with our grilling tips and recipes, it’s time to start planning out the fun summertime activities, like camping. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best Pinterest hacks you can use for camping this summer, plus a list of the camping sites near Madison.

  1. Dirty Shoe Storage

    Keep those shoes from getting your tent dirty. Don’t leave your shoes outside of the tent just because they are dirty. Buy cheap shower caps to place your shoes in while keeping them inside your tent.

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Summer Grilling | Tips & Recipes

Summer is almost here and you know what that means, it’s grilling season. Whether you’re a veggie lover or a carnivore, grilling is the perfect way to give your food that extra flavor while still enjoying the fresh summer air! We’re sharing some of our favorite tips and some great recipes for the grill this summer.

Grilling Tips:

Choose your grill:

Where you live, what you are grilling and where you are grilling at are all factors to consider when choosing your grill. Depending on the apartment or home you live in, and what you are wanting to cook, some grills work better than others. You can choose from charcoal, electric, or gas grills. Keep in mind, in some apartment buildings, gas or charcoal grills are not allowed. See the city of Madison grill guidelines here.

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Memorial Union Terrace this Season | Guest Blog – Wisconsin Union

We are excited to have the Wisconsin Union as our guest blogger for this week’s blog post. The Wisconsin Union’s Memorial Union was is located on the shores of Lake Mendota at 800 Langdon Street in Madison. Below, they are sharing their 5 ways to enjoy the Memorial Union Terrace this season.

Wisconsin Union Terrace

The Wisconsin Union’s Memorial Union Terrace has been a staple at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since the membership organization opened its doors in 1928. Though the Terrace has changed a lot in the last 89 years, the newly renovated lakefront space is better than ever. As a place that students, tourists and Union members alike can enjoy, the Terrace is your go-to hub for summer fun. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the Terrace this season.
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Planning Your Summer Break | College Edition

college internshipExams are over, and your brain can finally take a break. From internships to traveling, to summer jobs, many of you probably have at least some plans lined up for your college summer break. How you choose to spend your summers can actually have a major impact on your resume and your future. For those of you who do not have anything lined up just yet, here are some great last minute ideas for how to spend your summer that don’t involve spending 100% of your time laying on the beach or binge watching Netflix (although we highly recommend sprinkling those activities in here and there).

Last Minute Internship

Internships are one of the best things that you can do as a college student over summer break to increase your odds of getting hired after graduation. If you haven’t applied for any internships yet, there are still plenty of opportunities out there. Don’t be afraid to ask a parent or a professor or a professional contact if they can help you get your foot in the door. Indeed.com has a list of internships you can check out here.
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Stay Cool in the Summer and Save Money

The simplest way to save money for the rest of summer and warm early fall is to cut down on your air conditioning usage.  The downside of turning off your AC is that it will definitely get hot! We have compiled a list of ideas to help you stay cool.  The three biggest things to think about are air flow, heat sources, and your personal body temperature. Continue reading

Things to do in Madison this Summer

Madison SummerIf you are going to be in town this summer, you are definitely in luck. Madison has a lot to offer when it comes to enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.  Summer is arguably the best three months of a Wisconsin year. Without studying and Badger Athletics to occupy your time, you can spend your summer checking off the items on our:

“Summer in Madison Bucket List”

  • Law Park: Water Ski Show: Starting Memorial Day weekend all the way to Labor Day, The Mad-City Ski Team has home ski shows on Sundays in Law Park. Go for the Junior Team show at 5:30 and stay for the Main show starting at 6pm.
  • Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 6am to 2pm you can visit the Capitol Square for locally sourced and grown foods.
  • Brat Fest: Memorial Day Weekend, May 22nd – 25th join in the 3.5 million brat grill out!
  • Dane County Fair: July 15-19th #ExperienceIt at the Alliant Energy Center. Exhibits, Carnival, Food, Music and all day entertainment.
  • The Zoo: The Henry Vilas Zoo is open 9:30am-5pm daily and it’s Free!
  • Picnic Point: Bring friends, your walking shoes and a picnic! The historic area and trails right along the lake are absolutely beautiful on a sunny day.
  • Betty Lou Cruise: Lake Monona or Lake Mendota, Betty Lou has just the tour for you.
  • Terrace Entertainment: Live Music 4 days a week at the Union Terrace!
  • Rooftop Dances: Starting in June, the Monona Terrace hosts Rooftop concerts and then rooftop dances starting in August!
  • Mallards Game: The “Duck Pond” at Warner Park hosts family friendly Minor league baseball thought-out the summer.
  • Clean Lakes Festival: Most likely the last weekend in July again this year, this event allows you to enjoy many Lake activities for free or low cost in order to build awareness about lake cleanliness.
  • Bike Trails: Madison is pretty bike friendly! There are a lot of resources to help you find a new route or trail. Click the title and you can interact with the Bike Madison website.
  • Pool Day: The Goodman Community Pool is open from 1pm to at least 6pm most days this summer!
  • Sailing: One well known Madison Group to take sailing lessons from is the Madison Hoofers. Find out more by clicking the sailing title.
  • Kayak or Canoe: It’s pretty easy to just get a day rental from the union and get out on the lake!
  • Arboretum and Hiking: If you are looking for a stroll in the great outdoors, the arboretum is a great place to start!
  • Mini Golf: Vitense Golf is the place for indoor and outdoor mini golf in Madison!
  • Concerts on the Square: Wednesday nights at 7pm hear performances from the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra on the Capitol Lawn. Bring a blanket and some snacks.
  • Veterans Museum: In case it rains one day, you can always visit the Veteran’s Memorial Museum on the capitol square. Admission is free and it’s open 9am-4pm
  • Olbrich Gardens: Another great rain or shine activity is Olbrich Gardens! Their outdoor gardens are fabulous but the indoor exhibits are pretty spectacular as well.

There will be something going on every weekend in Madison this summer. Our best advice is to enjoy your surroundings and try new things with the people you love most.  #LiveMPM