Get out and play: How to make the most of summer in Middleton

Summer has finally arrived, and there’s no better place to spend it than Middleton. Here’s your guide to the best places for outdoor recreation and outdoor dining, plus a look at some of the fun events and festivals on tap in July and August.

Play outside

It’s easy to take advantage of beautiful summer weather at Middleton’s parks and other public spaces. Explore great walking and biking options at the 550-acre Pheasant Branch Conservancy or hit the links at Pleasant View Golf Course.

If you’re looking for somewhere to cool off, head to the Splash Pad at Lakeview Park or take a dip in the pool at the Walter R. Bauman Outdoor Aquatic Center. Or, stop by Marshall Board & Boat Rentals to take a canoe or kayak out on Lake Mendota.

Outdoor dining

There are few things better than enjoying a tasty meal—or a refreshing beverage—outside on a beautiful summer day. Lucky for you, Middleton has dozens of restaurants and bars featuring outdoor seating that let you enjoy the weather.

Downtown restaurants with outdoor dining include The Free House Pub, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Sofra Family Bistro, Longtable Beer Café, Hody Bar & Grill, The Village Green, Takara 88 and Villa Dolce. Plus, Capital Brewery’s popular Biergarten is open all summer long.

At Greenway Station, diners can find outdoor seating at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Dhaba Indian Bistro, Fuji Sushi & Hibachi, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Tanner’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and Monk’s Bar & Grill.

Other outdoor dining destinations include Captain Bill’s, 1847 at the Stamm House, Nitty Gritty, Craftsman Table & Tap, Pizza Brutta, Prairie Café & Bakery, Lupe’s Taqueria, Bristled Boar Saloon & Grill, C’s Restaurant & Bakery and Mid Town Pub.

See a full list of Middleton restaurants here.

Find a festival

Summer also means outdoor events, and there’s no shortage of fun on the calendar in Middleton. From 8am to 1pm every Thursday from May to October, the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market offers a great selection of locally grown produce, baked goods, cheeses, meats and more.

Mark your calendar for two big events held in Middleton in August. Middleton’s world-famous National Mustard Museum holds National Mustard Day on the first Saturday in August in honor of this versatile condiment—you’ll find live music, games, mustard tastings and lots more fun. A few weeks later, Middleton hosts the annual Good Neighbor Festival, a fun community event that includes live entertainment, food, carnival rides, a parade and more.

See more summer events here.

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