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Apocalypse Paintball, Inc.,
W9496 County Hwy. CS, Poynette. The facility has nine playing fields equipped with vehicles, forts, trenches, ponds, three story tower and a village. Participants plan their survival strategy, grab a semiautomatic paintball gun and do battle. Open March through late November. (800) 303-8222.

American Players Theatre, P.O. Box 819, RR 3, Spring Green. Outdoor classical theatre, open June 11 - Oct. 4. (608) 588-2361

Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, 1605 Linden Drive, Madison. Visitors are welcome to watch how the university's famous ice cream is made. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. until noon.

Betty Lou Cruises, 5360 Westport Rd., Madison. Book a group charter on a 51' yacht. Complete with a Captain, crew, food and bar. (608) 246-3136.

Boulders Climbing Gym, 3964 Commercial Avenue, Madison. Indoor rock climbing facility. (608) 244-8100.

Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton. Take a tour of the brewhouse, fermenting and kegging area, visit the Bier Garten, samples are served at the end of the tour. (608) 836-7100.

Cave of the Mounds, 2975 Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds. An underground maze of caves. It's an amazing sight! Temperature is steady all year round. (608) 437-3038.

Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo. Enjoy beautiful scenery and plenty of recreational activities at Devil's Lake State Park. Hiking, rock climbing, biking, swimming, concession stands and more. Even young children can hike up the bluffs and enjoy the view. (608) 356-8301.

Fireside Restaurant & Playhouse, Fort Atkinson. Dinner Theatre with excellent shows. Call for schedule and show times. (800) 477-9505,

House on the Rock, Dodgeville. This is truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit! This interesting home sits atop a bluff and has a large array of fascinating exhibits including carousels, enormous sea creatures, music machines and more!

International Crane Foundation, Baraboo. Open daily May through October. Guided tours at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. (608) 356-9462.

Kohl Center Events. Call for schedule. (608) 262-1440.

Little Norway, 3576 Hwy JG North, Blue Mounds. 1856 pioneer homestead. (608) 437-3038.

Little A-Merrick-A , 700 E. Main, Marshall. Amusement park fun for all ages. Miniature golf, go-carts, scenic train ride, concessions & more. Open daily noon-6:00 pm. (608) 655-3181.

Luma Theatre, 4535 Helgesen Drive, Madison (across from Farm & Fleet). If you like fireworks, fireflys or shooting stars you'll love Luma! This show has been described as an elegant, yet cutting edge approach to the magical arts that combines juggling, dancing light sculptures and curious applications of illuminated illusions.  (608) 222-0077.

Madison Art Center, 211 State Street, Madison. Exhibits located on three floors inside the Madison Civic Center. (608) 257-0158.

Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street. 262-2263. Summer concerts begin Memorial Day weekend and run through August. Enjoy a view of Lake Mendota while eating their spectacular ice cream. A great place to gather for a relaxing visit with friends.

Mid Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Road, North Freedom. Train rides daily from May 22 - August 29. (608) 522-4261.

Monona Terrace & Convention Center. Take a tour of this magnificent convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The view from the outdoor terrace is spectacular! Open daily until 5:00 p.m. Call (608) 261-4000 or visit their web site at

Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Tropical Conservatory, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison. Open daily year-round. Lots of special events and a great place to enjoy beautiful flowers. The Bolz Conservatory is a 50-foot glass pyramid filled with tropical palms, ferns and flowering plants. The kids even have fun! Outdoor gardens are open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hours for the Bolz Conservatory are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (608) 246-4718.

Spirit of Madison Cruises, 524 E. Wilson St., Madison. Enjoy sightseeing and dining on Lake Monona aboard this wonderful cruise boat. (608) 280-9170.

State Capitol, Capitol Square, Madison. 266-0382. Free tours on Monday-Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. On Sunday's the tours run at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Outdoor terrace will open on Memorial Day.

State Street, Downtown Madison. The New York Times has described State Street as "...a funky half-mile strip of food, music, craft and clothing shops running from the the university campus to the imposing state capitol building."

Studio You, 449 State St., Madison. Paint your own pottery shop. (608) 294-7335.

Token Creek Hot Air Balloon Rides, Token Creek. Add some excitement to your life and take a ride in a beautiful hot air balloon! (608) 241-4000.

UW Madison Arboretum. Pack a picnic lunch and go for a hike! Miles of hiking and biking trails through over 1,200 acres of restored prairies. Located near the Henry Vilas Zoo. (608) 263-7888.

Wisconsin Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison. Great place to hang out with friends. Food, music, films, etc. (608) 265-3000.

York Farm Stables, Poynette. Ride alone or in a group. No reservations required. Open 9 am - 5 pm every day weather permitting. (608) 635-9916.


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