Top 23 Things To Do In Fitchburg, Wisconsin

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In the heart of South-Central Wisconsin, the book-loving, liberal college town of Fitchburg is a grassy suburb of the capital city of Madison. Road-biking and walking rule the roost in this friendly, verdant town, which is surrounded by the lakes Mendota, Monona, and Waubesa. Fitchburg has a distinctive small-town feel to it, with the added advantage of being just 15 minutes away from the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison as well as featuring access to the Capital City Bike Trail. With the state capital Madison and its entertainment just a short ride away, Fitchburg is a must-see. Here are the best things to do in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.

1. Celebrate a special occasion at Four Winds Farm

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Four Winds Farm Fitchburg on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Four Winds Farm is a working permaculture farm and community centre that offers a space for locals and tourists to learn about permaculture. The centre’s historic barn was also subjected to a restoration project and now offers a space for people to rent for various occasions. Speaking of occasions, the centre’s main draw is its rental service. You can rent any one of the various rooms in the centre to hold parties, weddings, and other celebrations.

These varied rooms include The Library, which is great for small groups, The Loft, which is perfect for more formal events, The Nook, whose kitchen is perfect for gatherings with an emphasis on food, and The Patio, which showcases a wonderful view of the farm.

Four Winds Farm

Address: 5735 Adams Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53575, United States

Website: Four Winds Farm

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2. Visit Jenni & Kyle Preserve

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A unique park that was built to cater to children and persons with disabilities, Jenni & Kyle Preserve offers many facilities that are accessible to everyone. These facilities include a play area, foraging spots, a picnic area, and various fishing spots around the park. There is also a hiking trail and a paved bicycle trail. Hunting is also permitted though only bows are allowed, and you are required to get a hunting permit before proceeding.

Finally, this park serves as a memorial and namesake for Harvey and Patricia Wilmeth’s grandchildren who both died due to a neurological disorder.

Jenni & Kyle Preserve

Address: 925 Post Rd, Madison, WI 53713, United States

Website: Jenni & Kyle Preserve

Opening hours: 5am - 10pm (daily)

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3. Savor a nice meal at Funk's Pub

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Funk's Pub on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Calling itself a friendly and quirky neighborhood pub, Funk’s Pub is a relaxing place for you to have a nice meal and drinks with some nice entertainment on the side. The pub’s menu showcases a variety of options for you to choose like burgers, appetizers, side dishes, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and many more.

The pub also hosts several events from time to time. Be sure to check the pub’s website to see when an event is just around the corner.

Funk's Pub

Address: 5956 Executive Dr #101, Fitchburg, WI 53719, United States

Website: Funk’s Pub

Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 11am - 11pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

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4. Play games at Noble Knight Games

Play games to your heart’s content at Noble Knight Games, a unique 5,500-sq.feet-huge (511 sq. metres) medieval castle-looking space located underneath Fitchburg’s water tower! Indulge in an afternoon of fun here, where there are featured bar stools and wide high-top tables for war games, private rooms for hire for group meetings/games, and lots of open table space for card and board games. What’s more, the play space at Noble Knight Games also houses a game library with more than than 150 games for you to play - right from Magic the Gathering and Warhammer to Dungeons & Dragons.

Noble Knight Games

Address: 2835 Commerce Park Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: Noble Knight Games

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 10am - 6pm

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5. Have an outdoor picnic at McKee Farms Park

If you’re visiting Fitchburg with children, then McKee Farms Park is the perfect place for an entire day of outdoorsy fun. The park not only features play areas such as soccer fields and basketball and softball courts but even has a multi-use shelter with picnic tables and restrooms -perfect for enjoying a picnic. Ride cycles over the mile-long path, even as the children frolic about in the play areas with kid-friendly play equipment. Take a walk and enjoy the beautiful landscaping, including a lovely 5-acre (2 ha) space of tall turf grass, a water fountain, and two waterways.

McKee Farms Park

Address: 2930 Chapel Valley Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: McKee Farms Park

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 8pm

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6. Satiate your sweet cravings at Rolling Pin Bake Shop

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

With a distinct home-like vibe, Rolling Pin Bake Shop will make you leave all your dietary restraints right at its doorstep. Large, individual cases devoted entirely to layer cakes, pastries, cupcakes, cookies, and more, the Willy Wonka-esque Rolling Pin requires an empty stomach to devour its treats. While each and every confectionary in this magic world deserves tasting, special mentions go to cream puff-like “Lady Lock”, butter-filled Kolachy cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, the freshly baked Ciabatta, and the massive Apricot Rugelach.

Rolling Pin Bake Shop

Address: 2935 S Fish Hatchery Rd # 4, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Rolling Pin Bake Shop

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 6pm; Sat: 7:30am - 4pm (closed on Sun)

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7. Guzzle beers at Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

This Madison go-to, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., is a staple for zythophiles, with 16 fresh tap beers awaiting them. Alfresco dining in the form of a quaint outdoor patio/bar makes this solid pub a great choice for even date night. Great Dane has something for everyone, right from kids’ meals to private dining and even Sunday brunch. Must-eats include Tara’s Chicken Sandwich, Cheese Curds, the Drunken Jerk, Black Bean Burger, and Shredded Pork Sandwich, washed down with some great beers like Crop Circle Wheat Beer, Ginger Ale, Landmark Light Lager, and the Old Glory American Pale Ale.

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

Address: 2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

Opening hours: Mon - Wed, Sat: 11am - 2am; Thu - Fri: 11am - 2:30am; Sun: 10am - 2am

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8. Enjoy a quick round of golf at Nine Springs Golf & Disc Golf Course

With great, undulating greens, open space, quaint water bodies, and the woods, the nine-hole Nine Springs golf course in Fitchburg, Wisconsin is a great place for a relaxing, quiet golfing experience. Running a length of 1,634 yards (1,494 metres), this golf course is not only inexpensive but also has great slope and course ratings from patrons, as well as a great mix of water hazards, out-of-bounds dugouts, and elevations for a truly amazing golfing experience.

Nine Springs Golf & Disc Golf Course

Address: 2201 Traceway Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53713

Website: Nine Springs Golf & Disc Golf Course

Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)

Price: From 24 USD

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9. Spend a day out at McGaw Park

Fitchburg’s largest park, McGaw Park, is an amazing green space for all ages. Fitness and nature enthusiasts will love the 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) trail located near a beautiful prairie and cutting through a huge green, wooded area. Large groups of friends and families with children can indulge in a sport in the many fields, which includes basketball, volleyball, tennis, lacrosse and softball courts and fields. Break for a picnic lunch at the shelter or the pretty picnic tables or walk or bike on the biking/pedestrian path.

McGaw Park

Address: 5236 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: McGaw Park

Opening hours: 5am - 10pm (daily)

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10. Sip on speciality cocktails at Atomic Koi

If you want to play a fun game of darts while sipping on some amazing, speciality cocktails, then Atomic Koi in Fitchburg is the perfect casual destination for the same. An extensive cocktail menu with special emphasis on champagne cocktails, alcoholic ice teas, tropical drinks, mojitos, and martinis and a casual, fun atmosphere complete with TVs, a dartboard, and a pool table make up the Atomic Koi. Try their Latte Mocha Martini, Twisted Gimlet, Pixie Stick Martini, and Monkey in Space Martini as you show off your aim on the dartboard.

Atomic Koi

Address: 2685 Research Park Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Atomic Koi

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 2am; Fri: 2pm - 2:30am; Sat: 4pm - 2:30am

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11. Let your kids enjoy a wonderful play time at Legacy Academy

Originally a martial arts school, Legacy Academy today is a great place to spend a day in Fitchburg, especially if you are travelling with your tiny tots. The second floor of Legacy Academy features an amazing Wonderland Play Area especially for kids between one and five years old, complete with many arcade games, carousel, multiple sot-sculptured play equipment, a jumping tower and landing pad, and even a multi-station rainbow playset!

Legacy Academy

Address: 2881 Commerce Park Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: Legacy Academy

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9:30am - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 11am

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12. Buy some unique drinks at Steve's Wine Beer & Spirits

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If you’re a connoisseur of rare spirits and wine, then the extensive collection at Steve’s in Fitchburg will certainly appeal to your tastes. The family-owned store features wines such as the 2012 Wishing Tree Shiraz, the 1990 Château d’Yquem, and its top-selling Wollersheim Seyval Blanc, spirits including Laphroaig, Fleischmann’s vodka, and the chain’s top-selling spirit of Korbel brandy, and a whole beer collection which is growing quickly. Sip on samples while choosing the poison of your choice and munch on gourmet foods which Steve’s also stocks.

Steve's Wine Beer & Spirits

Address: 6227 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: Steve’s Wine Beer & Spirits

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 9am - 9pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm; Mon - Tue: 12pm - 9pm

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13. Relish a calm evening at Swan Creek Park

If you’re staying anywhere near the East Cheryl Parkway on your Fitchburg vacay, then the lovely Swan Creek Park in the heart of the Swan Creek neighbourhood is a great place to spend the evening. Fun for adults and children both, the park features gorgeous landscaping, paved paths with pretty bridges, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, picnic tables, restrooms, a shelter, a water fountain, and tons of playground equipment as well. The park even has two rain gardens located at either end.

Swan Creek Park

Address: 5175 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Swan Creek Park

Opening hours: 5am - 10pm (daily)

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14. Spoil yourself with a massge at Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness

If you’re in the mood for being pampered with facials, massages, and the like, then a day at the Kneaded Relief Day Spa and Wellness is exactly what the doctor ordered. Slip into Zen mode at this professional, luxurious spa and choose from a variety of services including refreshing facials, skincare treatments like body wrap, massages, pedicures and manicures, and more. Book an appointment at this wonderfully luxurious Kneaded Relief Day Spa and relax your mind and body.

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness

Address: 5500 E Cheryl Pkwy # 126, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm; Sat: 9am - 7pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm

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15. Show off your bowling skills at Ten Pin Alley

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Have an evening of pins, pitchers, and pizza with your friends at Ten Pin Alley, a two-storey, fun-filled sports bar. Featuring a pool table, dartboards, TVs, some game machines, and more than 20 beers on the tap, the Ten Pin is one of the best places to show off your talent with the pins and your trivia knowledge while munching on some delicious pizza and guzzling beer in a fun atmosphere. If someone plugs in the jukebox, get ready for some great music as well!

Ten Pin Alley

Address: 6285 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: Ten Pin Alley

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 1am; Sun: 12pm - 10pm

Price: From 1.75 USD per game

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16. Get active with your dogs at Sunnyside Dog Park

Yes, they're a handful -- but they're a wonderful loyal pack, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. (Even off-leash they tend to stick together!)

Posted by Amanda Reese on Monday, 30 July 2018

Have you travelled to Fitchburg with your beloved dog? Have some fun time with your pet at Fitchburg’s very first dog park, the brand new, beautiful Sunnyside Dog Park. This well-maintained dog park features wonderfully open and wooded areas both, with even a separate area for timid/small dogs. For those who have more adventurous dogs which like to wander off and explore, there’s even a small patch of woods for them to run through with high grass.

Sunnyside Dog Park

Address: 5564 Irish Ln, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: [Sunnyside Dog Park]

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

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17. Feast your eyes on the work of talented artists at Promega Art Showcase

Greetings All ~ I have two paintings displayed at Promega Corporation Summer Art Show titled Vital Signs, 5445 E....

Posted by Ray Zovar on Thursday, 5 June 2014

Those who love and appreciate art should head to the art gallery of Promega Art Showcase in Fitchburg, which features the work of both international and national artists, apart from also supporting the work of local painters and fabric artists. For 20 years, Promega Art Showcase has also featured the works of renowned photographers, work from Native American youth, the creations of Cuban fold artists, as well as the sculptures and showpieces of African sculptors.

Promega Art Showcase

Address: 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Promega Art Showcase

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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18. Browse through amazing gifting ideas at Sue's Hallmark Shop

Fitchburg Post Office 53711 ^ Sue's Hallmark Shop - panoramio
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Do you have a special day coming up and are completely at loss about what gift to give? Sue’s Hallmark Shop is the answer to this headscratcher, featuring amazing ideas and gifts for every kind of occasion, right from holidays and anniversaries to weddings and birthdays. Choose from a wide range of jewellery, collectibles, candles, photo albums, books, stationery, home decor items, and more, even as the helpful staff assist you in getting exactly what you are looking for.

Sue's Hallmark Shop

Address: Hatchery Hill Town Center, 3000 Cahill Main Ste 116, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Sue’s Hallmark Shop

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm

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19. Grab coffee and a quick bite at Barriques - Fitchburg

Grab an amazing cup of coffee at Barriques, a cosy little joint which is a cross between a rustic deli and a cafe and also serves up fresh and delicious, low-fat, gluten-free breakfast, lunches, and dinnertime meals in Fitchburg. Try their Mediterranean plate with Pita, Olive Tapenade, and Hummus, the Biker’s Dream Wrap, and Chorizo Huevo Breakfast Wrap, Full-sized Wrap, and Veggie Crustless Quiche. Wash ‘em all down with an Espresso, a Dirty Chai Tea Latte, or the all-time favourite Almond Milk Honey Lavender Latte.

Barriques - Fitchburg

Address: 5957 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: Barriques - Fitchburg

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6:30am - 9pm; Sun: 7am - 8pm

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20. Dig into ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery

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Imagine an array of colourful, delicious ice creams churned from the very best of ingredients and mixed with the choicest of nuts, fruits, cakes, and candy of your liking - heaven, isn’t it? That’s how it is at the Cold Stone Creamery, where every creation is made to order, with the mixing artfully done on a granite stone to serve up the most premium, delicious ice cream one has ever had. Try the Banana Caramel Crunch, the Sea Salt Caramel, the One Smart Brookie, the Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Crackers. Wash it all down with delicious Oreo Cookie Milkshake!

Cold Stone Creamery

Address: 2970 Cahill Main Ste 103, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Cold Stone Creamery

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10pm

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21. Step back in time at Quivey's Grove

Five landscaped acres (2 ha) of beautiful greens and two historic structures - Quivey’s Grove is akin to stepping back in time. Quivey’s Grove is home to the fine dining Stone House and the casual dining Stable Grill, both of which feature on the list of National Register of Historic Buildings. The quaint, rustic Stone House showcases Wisconsin’s heritage of comfort and ethnic foods, with favourites including Madison Mushrooms, Duck Wilcox, and Leopold’s Feast. The rustic Stable Grill, which is connected by an underground tunnel, is an old horse stable-turned restaurant, complete with a brass bar. Favourites here include Kobe Cheeseburgers, Fish Fry with Fried Potatoes on the side, Melon Salad, and Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Grilled Peppers and Barbeque Sauce.

Quivey's Grove

Address: 6261 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: Quivey’s Grove

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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22. Experience a taste of New Orleans at Liliana's Restaurant

Bringing the taste of the New Orleans to the streets of Fitchburg is Liliana’s, a 12-year-old Creole-and-Cajun favourite in town. Jazz music, images of NOLA on the walls, an exposed wine cellar, coach lanterns, French wrought iron architecture, and an oyster bar - the only one in the area - all transport you to the French Quarter of The Big Easy. Even as the quaint alfresco seating is reminiscent of New Orleans’ lovely Garden District. Must-try dishes include the Steak Bruschetta, Smoked Chicken Wings, Oysters Rockefeller, Crab Cakes, Chicken Diablo, and Angus Fillet. Polish off the meal with some Bourbon Pecan Pie. Yum!

Liliana's Restaurant

Address: 2951 Triverton Pike Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Website: Liliana’s Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am -10pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm

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23. Sample delectable American pub grub with a twist at The Flying Hound Alehouse

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The top of Dad's Father's Day wish list: beer.

Posted by The Flying Hound Alehouse on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Grab a meal at the casual-chic Flying Hound, which features the perfect ambience with photographs of European castles, beautifully done wood interiors, and a long bar, and serves up American pub grub with a European twist. An extensive ale list with a great selection of European and American craft beer is featured, and must-try dishes include Poutine and Mussels, Schnitzel Sandwich with some mouthwatering Onion Gravy, Grilled Salmon with Braised Kale, Chicken Wings, Cheese Curds, Mexicali Burger, and the Sweet Potato Fries, which are a house favourite.

The Flying Hound Alehouse

Address: 6317 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Website: The Flying Hound Alehouse

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 12am; Thu: 11am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 1:45am; Sun 11am - 10pm

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Fantastic Fitchburg

The small-town, Madisonian suburb of Fitchburg is everything one expects it to be - and so much more. Right from delectable cuisine from all over the world to open, verdant spaces perfect for hiking, trailing, and walking around, Fitchburg is the perfect place for your exploration of quaint world of small-town America.

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