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5 Small-Group Outings for Summer

After months of isolation spent mostly indoors, warmer weather is an ideal excuse to start making summer plans with friends. For those who prefer to stay closer to home, finding activities that everyone in your party of five—or 10—is sure to enjoy can be challenging. Use this list of excursions in south-central Wisconsin to roundup your squad, then kick any lingering feelings of social deprivation to the curb.

Shinrin-Yoku Madison

Madison

“Forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku as it is known in Japan) is opening ourselves to the myriad and measurable healing benefits—the forest medicine—of time spent with nature,” says nature and forest therapy guide, Kate Bast. “If we are present in the here and now, we can be nowhere else at the same time, meaning we can focus on the immersive experience as well as each other.” Bast offers guided walks open to the general public in addition to private walks for individuals, families, groups, workplaces; full-moon walks; and walks focused on grief, depression, anxiety and awe through parks, conservancies, and public and private lands in the Greater Dane County region and at the Center for Healing and Heritage in Franklin.

FYP Social Studio

FYP Social Studio

Wisconsin Dells

#FYP brings you a one-of-a-kind Immersive Art Pop-Up in Wisconsin Dells called Social Studio. A space designed to let you create your own reality and spark curiosity from within. This pop-up consists of more than 24 installations from local artists and studios. Let your creativity run wild; prepare for take-off in a custom private jet or get lost in a glowing infinity room. Social Studio is designed to intrigue and serve as entertainment for the adventurer in everyone—while providing the perfect backdrop for dope reels, photos and vid clips.

BratFest

Madison

“The Metcalfe’s team made an extraordinary decision to make Brat Fest ‘Build Your Own’ this year. Locations all over Dane County will be serving brats in honor of the event,” says site organizer Gregg Potter. “Our team at Project Kinect partnered with Yahara Bay to create a mini-festival. We’re selling limited tickets that include a brat, two drinks and other goodies such as a couple fantastic local bands.” Every location is doing something a little different so be sure to check out the exciting “place-making” happening all over town for this annual event over Memorial Day weekend.

BratFest

Madison Eats Food Tours

Madison

“We are thrilled to be back leading tours that show off Madison’s great food and the city by bike! We have up to eight participants in each group, plus we enjoy a diversity of food and drink—including local beer or kombucha, cheesy pizza, ice cream, Thai food, artisan nuts and more,” says owner Otehlia Cassidy. Since Madison is a extremely bike-friendly city, Cassidy and her crew use Madison B-cycle electric assist bikes to get around via paved paths and side streets soaking up “the beauty of the eastside of Madison’s East Side” along with a bit of exercise.   

Escape Room Wisconsin

Appleton and Green Bay

With locations in Appleton and Green Bay, Escape Room Wisconsin is the original interactive puzzle challenge of this nature in the region. Whether your friends come together to solve the murder at Tudor Manor in Mystery Manor, or the family works as a team to unlock the secrets of the famous escape artist in Houdini: Unlock the Mystery, both locales are dedicated to bringing quality and unique family experiences to Northeast Wisconsin that are accessible, private and safe for ages 10 and up.

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