Governor’s Island is a hidden gem that offers stunning views of Madison and Lake Mendota. With a handful of little trails snaking off the main loop, it is a great place to go for a short walk or dip your feet in Lake Mendota. With 60 acres to explore, it is a great park to take a break and enjoy the fresh air. Governor’s Island is no longer an island; it is connected by a human-made bridge. It is around a 20-minute car ride.