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play around town Get Outta Town Get swept away to some of the state's best beaches and swim spots Make a Trip of it! The hefty 5.5-hour drive to Lake Superior's Apostle Black Earth, 30 minutes west Islands' National Lakeshore and A former rock quarry, this Meyer's Beach becomes worth it nearby spring-fed swimming once you glimpse the beauty of this hole is a hidden gem for many great lake and its caves. Nearby Madisonians. The sand and accommodations and other atrock-bottomed lake's water tractions make it a memorable weekend getaway. Visit temps remain cool even when the mercury rises. A grassy shore Salmo Pound offers a perfect picnic or fishing locale between doggy-paddles and backstrokes. Kohler-Andrae State Park (right) Sheboygan, 2 hours east This expansive Lake Michigan beach might make you feel like you've washed up on the Atlantic coast. Enjoy 2.5 miles of shoreline and tons of white sand to boot; sand dunes and weaving boardwalk paths are an unexpected bonus. Hartman Lake Waupaca, 2 hours north Nestled within Hartman Creek State Park and part of Waupaca's chain of lakes, this well-kept spot lures beachgoers with soft sand, sparkling blue water and towering pine trees. If the beach gets too crowded, escape to the lake's middle or far shore via on-site canoe rentals. Whitefish Dunes State Park Door County, 3.5 hours northeast When you're in Door County, this is a must-stop swimming spot that feels like a seaside escape. Depending on when you visit, you'll be greeted with soothing waves or giant lake swells crashing into the three miles of beachfront. Observatory Open House Wednesdays, 9-11 p.m. Climb the historic campus hill to Washburn Observatory, the open-air dome that still uses its original, 19th-century telescope. UW students host free weekly viewings. 1401 Observatory Dr., Madison 66 BRAVA Magazine Madison Astronomical Society Meeting July 12, 7 p.m. Scope out the monthly meeting for outer space enthusiasts and amateur astronomers alike, who'll help even the most untrained eye distinguish celestial bodies. 2300 S. Park St., Madison July 2013 Party with the Stars July 19, 8-10 p.m. Survey solar systems at Space Place, the UW astronomy department's educational outreach center. The galactic gathering features exhibits, lectures and rooftop observation. 2300 S. Park St., Madison Night Walk July 20, 8-9:30 p.m. Join a guided hike through the UW Arboretum at nightfall to learn about constellations and nocturnal creatures' nighttime habits. 1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison Universe in the Park July 20, 9-10 p.m. Flee the city lights and head north to Devil's Lake State Park where astronomers share presentations on the newest cosmic discoveries. S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo Photo courtesy of Princely Nesadurai Head Out: Journey into the night's sky at area stargazing events

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