Madison, the capital city of the state of Wisconsin, is a great city for you and your canine companion. From its several lakes and many on-leash and off-leash parks, the range of activities make the city very attractive for pet-owners.
Madison is a city that your dog will love. There are eight off-leash dog parks as well as several on-leash dog parks. You can choose to go to a different park every day and will still not be bored. For instance, Quann Park has benches, a fountain, and fencing. Other parks include Sycamore Park and Brittingham Park. If you are looking for on-leash parks, head over to Door Creek Park, Glen Oak Hills Park, and James Madison Park.
Some of the parks are located around the lakes that Madison is particularly known for. The lakes are perfect for recreation, during summer as well as winter. Popular activities include (ice)boating, (ice)fishing, swimming, sailing, bicycling, and hiking. There are even campgrounds if you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. A famous spot is Lake Mendota, which is home to the James Madison Park, which requires your dog to be kept on a leash, and Warner Park. The latter is a fenced-in and an off-leash dog park. It even has a sledding hill, and often events and festivals are held here. Last but not least, off-leash Brittingham Park is located at Lake Monona, which is especially popular for fishing.
Keep in mind that you will need a permit to visit the parks and pet areas in Madison or Dane County. After all of your park hopping and outdoor recreation, you surely will crave delicious food. Most restaurants and coffee shops are situated along State Street, the main street of the city near the Chazen Museum of Art. Here, dogs and their owners are allowed to remain together when choosing the outdoor seating, provided your dog is not bothering any other patrons.