Sun Prairie is a vibrant and thriving community located in northeastern Dane County, just east of the City of Madison. Sun Prairie is the second most populous city in Dane County, and one of the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin. The community has excellent transportation access, and is serviced by U.S. 151, which provides quick access to Interstates 39 & 90 and Interstate 94. Dane County Regional Airport is also in close proximity, located less than 10 miles away.
Sun Prairie is appreciated for its historic downtown, quality schools, outstanding parks, and safe and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods. Our community provides an alluring blend of affordability and a high standard of living for its residents. It is minutes from Madison, the state’s capital, and from its largest university. It is near many major attractions, including the House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Dells.
The park system consists of 44 parks covering 425 acres. Two nearby lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, likewise provide many recreational opportunities, including boating, water skiing, fishing, wildlife programs, and camping.
The Family Aquatic Center features a zero depth swimming pool, waterslides and sand play area. The Youth Baseball Complex is home to baseball and softball programs, as well as Sun Prairie’s Little League program. Special attractions include 13 ball diamonds, 11 outdoor skating rinks, two sledding hills and four soccer fields.
Recent additions to Sun Prairie’s recreational opportunities include the Pet Exercise Area and the Skateboard Park.
The city has emphasized diversified growth as evidenced by the healthy mix of commercial, residential and industrial development. Learn more…(links to the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce website)
The city is well known for its high-quality educational system. Over 7,500 students attend Sun Prairie schools, which include an alternative learning center, three parochial schools, Sun Prairie’s SP4K program for four-year old children, and Sun Prairie’s Virtual School for students in grades K-12.
The School District opened a new $95 million High School (grades 10-12) in the fall of 2010, which includes a top-notch performing arts center and some of the most technically advanced classrooms in the nation. The previous high school was renovated as the new Upper Middle School (grades 8 & 9). There are two middle schools (grades 6 & 7) and seven public elementary schools.
The Sun Prairie Area School District provides a full-range of instruction from special education to a talented and gifted program.
Sun Prairie is a rapidly growing business-friendly city, offering small city life within a thriving metropolitan area, consistently ranked as one of the top places in America to live.
Economic and Community Development
Sun Prairie’s location offers the best in small city life and the advantages of the thriving metropolis. Providing quick access to Madison, U.S. Highway 151 has three interchanges to Sun Prairie. Interstate 90/94/39 is met just outside Sun Prairie.
President Van Buren commissioned a party of 45 men, including Augustus Bird, to build a state capitol in Madison. The group of men left Milwaukee on May 26, 1837 and traveled for days in the rain. On June 9, the group emerged at the edge of the prairie and with the sun shining, carved the words “Sun Prairie” into a tree. Charles Bird returned to the area 24 years later and became the first settler.
Sun Prairie’s location makes it convenient to visit some of Wisconsin’s finest and favorite attractions within minutes. Staying in Sun Prairie is also enhanced by the Dane County Regional Airport located just 10 minutes from the city. The airport is serviced by many commercial airlines and two private companies.
In addition to shopping centers and specialty stores, Sun Prairie has a great historic downtown shopping area. Sun Prairie has a wide variety of medical and professional services including medical centers, physicians, dentists, chiropractors, opticians, veterinarians and many more. Many facilities provide care and housing for the elderly. The Colonial Club Senior Activity Center offers a variety of educational and recreational activities for people age 55 and older.
Coming from the East? North? West? South? Located at the junction of I-94/90/39 and Hwy 151 – less than 10 minutes northeast of Madison, WI; Sun Prairie is the perfect place to stop as you travel the Badger State and even to points beyond.
• Fun Festivals year around
• Angell Park Speedway & National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
• Fantastic Food at great restaurants
• Unique Shops for quilters, crafters, sports fans and the curious
• Historical Museum
• Beautiful Public Library
• Park system of over 30 parks
• Family aquatic center
• Area Golf Courses
• Youth baseball complex
• Farmers Market – Saturdays, May-October
• Athletic Club
• Civic Theatre
• Sun Prairie Fireman’s Dream Park
• Golf, bowling, soccer and indoor hockey
• Colonial Club Senior Center
• World Renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe
And a whole lot more!
Are you are looking for the perfect place to experience ‘hometown USA’? Sun Prairie is a place pleasing to the traveler who loves the arts, is thrilled by the roar and fast-paced action of midget car racing, and just plain enjoys biking and walking trails, fantastic food and fun festivals year around.
President Van Buren commissioned a party of 45 men, including August Bird, to build a state capitol in Madison. The group of men left Milwaukee on May 26, 1837 and traveled for days in the rain. On June 9, the group emerged at the edge of the prairie and with the sun shining, carved the words ‘Sun Prairie” into a tree. Charles Bird returned to the area 2 years later and became the first settler.
The Town of Sun Prairie was created on February 2, 1846 and the City of Sun Prairie, which grew from that town, was incorporated in 1958.