In 1837, President Van Buren commissioned 45 men to go to Madison to build a territory capitol. They left Milwaukee, travelling through rain for 14 days. As they approached the Madison area, they stopped at the edge of a prairie. On that day, the sun was shining brightly. They carved the name "Sun Prairie" into a tree. Some returned years later to seek out that tree, and establish the city called Sun Prairie.
Sun Prairie has so much to offer! Main Street demonstrates a gracious blend of historic buildings with new ones, offering local businesses and patrons an exciting setting in which to work and play. A delightful Farmers Market runs from Spring through the Fall. Unique shops and restaurants adorn the area. Health care facilities are available right in town. The Library and the Historical Museum enhance education possibilities for all.
Throughout the year, enjoy the YMCA, the Youth Basketball Complex, Athletic Clubs, a System of Over 30 Parks, Civic Theater, Golf, Bowling, and Indoor Hockey.
Every February, the region eagerly anticipates the weather prognostication of: Sun Prairie Jimmy, resident groundhog and season forecaster!
With the Warm Weather comes: Soccer, Angell Park - Midget Auto Racing and of course, the Sun Prairie Corn Festival!
Accommodations & hotels for every budget and preference are available, with easy access to Sun Prairie, 151 and the interstate.
Whether coming for a visit, or coming to stay, you will have a Terrific Time in Sun Prairie!