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If Southern Wisconsin is where you are planning to vacation, look no further than Madison KOA to supply you with everything you need in an RV park. Young kids and pets have their own areas to run around and burn off some energy in this family-oriented park while the adults take in a game of horseshoes. Everyone will enjoy the heated swimming pool and campfire facilities. There are badminton and volleyball, and also bicycles you can rent to make your way around. The KOA has laundry facilities, and propane, firewood, and ice which can be purchased; a vintage pinball machine is available for the young and the young-at-heart.
Once you've arrived, you'll have access to the laundry facilities; the roads within the park are all one way, moving counter-clockwise. The majority of the sites have pull-through access, and all of them have full hookups. Grab a shower in the restroom areas, and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There is some tree canopy in the park, and some of the sites will have shade. A pavilion is on hand for large group activities, or you can relax in the comfort of your Madison motorhome rental enjoying a campfire and a starry evening sky.
Given your proximity to Wisconsin's capital city, Madison, you will want to take a peek at the state capitol building and the governor's mansion. The capitol building has tours year-round while the governor's mansion offers tours in approximately April through August. You may also decide to take a self-guided tour of the university grounds at the University of Wisconsin. If you do, it will be well worth your time; the university is located next to Lake Mendota, and there are events constantly happening on campus. Feeling the need to buy something? There are farmers markets on Saturdays (next to the capitol building) and Wednesdays (on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd). Both are open from early morning to mid-afternoon.
Book an RV in Dane County, and you will be one step closer to the vacation of your dreams. If part of this vacation includes sun-worshipping on a sandy beach, point your rental RV towards Devil's Lake State Park and head there. It's a short 40-mile drive, and the reward will more than compensate. The park is open year-round and has a visitor center and a nature center where you can ask questions and gather information; it was opened in 1911 and is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Wisconsin. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through here, making it an even more attractive hiking destination. Stop anywhere along the trail, and you can enjoy the view from quartzite bluffs overlooking the lake.
Less than 20 miles east of Madison KOA and north of Marshall, you will find Deansville State Wildlife Area, a combination of upland grassland, open marshland/sedge meadow, and upland forest. This year-round undeveloped refuge will offer you opportunities to go canoeing and hiking in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter (the cross-country trails are not marked). You can get out the rod and reel to try your hand at fishing, or settle for observing the bird species that call the park home. Hunting is also allowed, so you should use caution if you're here during hunting season.
Just slightly south of Madison KOA, Lake Waubesa has two outdoor areas of interest, Capital Springs State Recreation Area (on the lake's north shore) and Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area. Capital Springs is a developed outdoor recreation area where you can enjoy hiking and cycling, camping, and fishing in the summer plus winter activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. The wetlands are a refuge created to protect the natural plant life and wildlife species that are becoming increasingly threatened; it's a good destination if you enjoy wildlife and nature observation, with a wide variety of bird species on hand such as sandhill crane, blue and green-winged teal, green heron, willow flycatcher, and more.
Once the day is done and the sun is setting, you should think of dinner and evening entertainment. Waunakee is a small town not far from Madison KOA with a winery just outside of its city limits where you can sample their products in a relaxed and comfortable setting; the owners provide snack plates with bread, cheese, and sausage to accompany their wines and also have a gift shop for you to browse at your leisure. The town has a number of urban parks where you can stretch your legs after dinner unless you'd prefer to take a dinner cruise of Lake Mendota. The cruise is narrated, pointing out the different sights and explaining them; it is also available for lunch cruises and brunches on weekends.
Sun Prairie is another potential destination that is only a short drive from Madison KOA in your RV rental. The only thing better than a local winery is locally grown and produced olive oil, and you will find this in Sun Prairie. The town has several bars and nightclubs for you to enjoy, but if you're looking for something intellectual, the town library also welcomes tourists and other guests. Looking for some vicarious thrills and chills? The village has its own racetrack speedway with races and other entertainments.
Urban or outdoors, it's all here waiting for you to discover and motorhome camping at Madison KOA will land you in the center of it all.