By Robyn Wolcott

A year ago, a seaplane recently landed at West Wharf in Madison. Spearheaded by Madison Economic Development and Biehn Travel, Shoreline Aviation has been showing that Madison has one more way to attract and transport visitors. The seaplanes offer sightseeing tours of the gorgeous CT coastline. Check out the Shoreline Aviation website for details.

Madison doesn’t shy away from offering the best to its visitors, and fall is just one more season in which Madison shines.

Hiking is an option that doesn’t require much preparation, and there are a couple of great places to go. For a trail that winds you through marshes, under trees, and views of the Sound, the Shoreline Greenway Trail is a great pick that also offers wheelchair accessible opportunities. (Get a birds eye view by checking out this video we shot that included the Greenway Trail!) Try Hammonasset State Park for more seaside views – just check their website for closures as there is some construction going on currently. Looking for something with a little more incline? Head to Rockland Preserve in North Madison for a variety of trail options – check out their brochure for descriptions of the various trails, and print out a map for yourself while you’re at it! (All on the site linked previously here.)

More into wheels than hiking boots? All of the aforementioned areas offer mountain biking opportunities. For the intermediate to advanced, Rockland offers single tracks as well. Don’t forget to yield to hikers and please wear a helmet for your safety.

As storms have speckled the shores of Madison, so have some surfers. While rare to get waves large and long enough to ride for extended periods, watch for the right surf and feel free to drop a board in. (You may want a wetsuit now though – the water is already getting chilly!) And if you’re so inclined, we’ve spotted some kite surfers off shore occasionally too.

As Thanksgiving approaches, there’s one great way to counteract the feast you’ll have – Lenny & Joe’s Madison Turkey Trot! It starts from the Madison Town Green and offers 5 mile run, 2 mile walk, and wheelchair athlete entries.

If you want to take it just a bit slower, golfing is another hobby of many in Madison. Just check out the Madison Country Club website for membership opportunities.

Last but not least, if you just want to take the day one moment at a time, there’s always the town Green to relax on if the weather is cooperating. Enjoy some takeout or a good book on a blanket under a tree. It’s one of those things I always envision myself doing but never get to. Maybe you can beat me to it. I promise to be jealous.
Don’t Miss:

The Scarecrows are in town! Go vote for your favorite at up until Oct 28.

Light the Night, a downtown retail fundraiser, is October 25. For a $5 wristband purchase, shoppers will get snacks, beverages, and in-store promotions as they shop, with profits from the wristbands going to Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation.

Trunk or Treat is on the Madison Green on October 31 from 4-6pm. Call the Chamber to get your trunk involved; otherwise, come trunk-or-treating!

Small Business Saturday is November 24. Shop local for discounts around town!

Ladies Night is Thursday, November 29. Bring your friends and plan on having some snacks, drinks, and shopping Madison!

If you need help planning your time in Madison, contact the Madison Chamber at or 203.245.7394.