Fall in Madison is one of the best times of the year. Students are back on campus, Saturdays are game days, and the trees start to match our beloved Badger red. As we finish wrapping up Wisconsin Welcome events, here are a few ways to stay active on campus this fall and continue to build your Active Badger community.
1. Get outside to enjoy those crisp, fall nights.
Winter is coming, so now is the time to head over to Near West and Cole Recreation Area for intramurals and pick-up sports before these areas close for the cold months.
2. Immerse yourself in the fall foliage.
The Lakeshore Path and the UW Arboretum offer walking and biking trails with spectacular views. At the Arboretum, you can even learn about this special area during a free Sunday nature walk.
3. Be part of a tradition.
Homecoming is a special time of the year as Badgers from near and far flood Madison to relive college years and reconnect their Badger community. The week is filled with special events such as Bend it Like Bucky, Fill the Hill, and UW Homecoming Parade and Block Party.
4. Treat yourself at the farmers’ market.
The Dane County Farmers’ Market is a Madison staple. It’s a great place to stock up on produce for the week or share Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread with a friend. As the air gets cooler, you’ll also find seasonal treats like caramel apples, hot apple cider, or anything pumpkin. Every Thursday, the Campus Farmers’ Market is held at Union South from 10am – 2pm until October 24.
5. Stay active in our facilities.
The Natatorium, Shell, Ogg Hall Fitness Center, and Nielsen Tennis Stadium are open rain or shine, so stop in to move your body and release some endorphins. Try one of our Group Fitness classes such as Cycling or Train 360 to meet other Active Badgers.
6. Get spooky with Halloween.
We all know some of the buildings on campus seem a little haunted. Embrace the #spookyszn by visiting a corn maze or haunted house. Test your creativity by coming up with your most creative costume.
7. Lay in the leaves on Bascom Hill.
Take a break from studying to enjoy the outdoors. No matter the season, you’ll find students enjoying Bascom Hill, but the fall is the only time you can lay on a pillowtop of leaves.
8. Study with a view.
Step away from the stacks of Memorial Library and try to find a window view while you cram for midterms. Some of our favorites are third floor of College Library, the School of Education building, or Four Lakes Market in Dejope Residence Hall.
Step outside the box this fall to try something new, that’s what college is all about, right? No matter how you choose to celebrate this Spooktober, there’s something on campus to support your interests!