Brittingham Park is a gem of a park, located right near downtown in Madison, WI. I first explored it last spring with my family – but my husband had already taken my kids there previously. In addition to a really cool, all-inclusive, accessible playground, they also have basketball, canoe & kayak rentals, a beach, a dog park, a community garden, fishing, ultimate frisbee field, volleyball courts and more. There is something for everyone at this beautiful, urban park!


829 W. Washington Avenue – Madison, WI

Open 4am – 10pm daily.

Camp Randall Rowing Club

Camp Randall Rowing Club operates out of the Brittingham Boat House, 617 North Shore Drive. Be sure to check their website for details on youth rowing classes, clubs as well as adult programming.

Brittingham Boats

Brittingham Boats operates boat rental, lessons, classes and concessions out of the beach house, 701 W. Brittingham Place.

Brittingham Beach

Address: 701 W. Brittingham Pl.
Restroom: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Parking: Parking Lot
Amenities: Canoe/Kayak Rental, Concessions, Picnic Tables, Playground
Swim Ropes: No
Lifeguard: No

Check Lakeforecast.org before heading out – which does water quality monitoring and shows open/closed for blue green algae and water clarity.


Wisconsin residents aged 16 years old or older need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. Nonresidents aged 16 years old or older need a nonresident fishing license to fish in Wisconsin waters with hook and line. Visit the Wisconsin DNR website for more information.

All-inclusive/Accessible Playground

Brittingham Playground opened in 2017 and was the first city-owned barrier-free

playground. The playground enables kids of all cognitive levels and abilities to play freely without having to face barriers. It is fully ramp-connected and features equipment designed to be easy to use for individuals with mobility challenges.

The park features molded merry-go-round seats that are easier to get into from a wheelchair and a spongy, rubber floor. The play structure is also color coded: purple for climbing, green for handrails and brown for support beams. There are several play panels included in the structure that are geared toward motor, audio and visual skills. There is also a bubble-like pod to get a break for those who need it.

We highly recommend adding this park to your Summer Bucket List!


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