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Lake Monona Shoreline Run

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Address: Madison, WI

A 3-mile bike path along Lake Monona.

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Great view. Nice to hang out and be by the water! Good picnic views and family time! Had a blast here.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view. Nice to hang out and be by the water! Good picnic views and family time! Had a blast here.

Thank kesjost
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Long path where you can run/walk/bike past Monona terrace, the lake, and even can end up by Olin park for more exploration. If you end up by olin park and head back into madison, you can see the entire capitol and skyline in front of the lake, this is my favorite view of madison at night! There are a few... More 

Thank ciecrayne
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This shoreline trail is very popular for locals bikers but may not be so for out of town travelers. The trail has lanes designated for walkers and bikers. This trail is built to go around the calmer and smaller Lake Manona. Exercisers can walk, jog, or bike around and stop to view the bar from the Terrace. At Law Park... More 

Thank Prawet J
Madison, Wisconsin
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

It is nice and relaxing to take a walk or run near Monona Lake. You can rent a bike and spend the day biking around the lake too.

Thank Priyannkaa
Middleton, United States
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Lake Monona is usually calmer than Lake Mendota. My two favorite places to watch it are from Olbrich Park and John Nolen Drive. John Nolen Drive area is busy and bustling. The Pontoon porch and Betty Lou Cruises also dock here. There a variety of places to eat here. Olbrich is wide open spaces with a public dock area also.... More 

Thank Lisa L
Vienna, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is a beautiful trail along the lake. It is mostly shaded. It starts (or ends) at the Terrace of Univ. of Wis. This is a fun place to stretch or get a bite to eat or drink.

Thank Trix299
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

I'm lucky enough to actually live along Lake Monona. You can vary your activities from anything from walks about a mile long through Brittingham Park around Monona Bay, to a fifteen mile bike ride around Lake Monona as a whole (admittedly the lake loop does stray from lake, but it does take you through some nice areas of Madison and... More 

3 Thank TandGK
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is a great training course for a longer race. You can easily vary the distance from 11.5 miles on up. There a few short hills but mostly flat and the views of the isthmus and capitol are inspiring when you're feeling a little tired. In the summer months there are a good number of water stops available.

Thank Glen S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

I'm training for a half marathon right now and running around the lake is about 11.6 miles so it's a great training run and very scenic.

1 Thank Sarah P
Madison, Wisconsin
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Love this run. Park on Willy St or at Olin Park for a great 2-3 miles along the lake (double up if you go out-and-back) or add distance by running further down Willy Street, or further along the bike path (avoid crossing the major road John Nolen by going underneath) This run is worth driving and parking for, when you... More 

1 Thank limeandnavy

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