When you go on vacation, sometimes it's nice to visit someplace off the beaten path. Heck, you don't even have to go on an official vacation to enjoy a relaxing beach day, and I just found the perfect excuse to do exactly that.

My family will be heading up North for a week-long vacation soon, and our trip will require driving through the Madison area. Thanks to an article I just saw on onlyinyourstate.com, I will now be telling my husband we need to make a pit stop in Verona, Wisconsin which is located just 20 minutes outside of Madison.

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Head to Fireman's Park in Verona, Wisconsin for the Perfect Beach Day

Fireman's Park and Beach is home to a secluded swimming lagoon, which has undergone a major glow-up in the past few years.

This swimming hole was once a rock quarry, then it flooded and became a favorite swimming hole for locals. Verona officials then decided to officially turn the space into a legit recreation area, and from the looks of it, they've done an awesome job...

Fireman's Park and Beach via Facebook

Not only does Fireman's Park and Beach in Verona have a beach and lagoon to swim in, but it also has a splash pad, a large playground, athletic fields, and a sheltered area to enjoy a picnic in. The splash pad is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the lifeguarded-beach is open from Noon to 6 p.m. (There is a small fee to enter the beach area). Make sure to give Fireman's Park and Beach a like on Facebook before heading up to Verona for your next relaxing, beach day.

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