Part of the Madsbyparken nature area
Madsby Legepark (Madsby Play Park) is part of Fredericia’s activity and nature area Madsbyparken, which also includes the Historical Mini Town, FFF Football Club, Dan Hostel Fredericia, FIC, Fredericia Stadium, Hotel Fredericia Best Western, Exhibition Centre C and Frederica Golf Club, and the extensive countryside and woodland area in between.
A green oasis with opportunities for play
The establishment of Madsby Legepark in 1983, was really a desire for a green oasis with play areas for the city's kindergartens, which at that time didn't have many possibilities in the city. It was to also function as a family park for the city's families on weekends and during the summer. The basic principle has always been that access to the play park should be free and this view is still supported by the city council. Therefore, there is free access to the park areas all year, every day, all day.
Today you will find a huge central sandy playground with big slides and opportunities for climbing, a paved moon car track with traffic lights (ages 3-11), a Tarzan trail (motor skills challenges for children from 8-years-old and adults), a large animal section with old Danish landraces such as cows, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, chickens, geese and in addition, a large aviary with many small birds and rodents. The most exotic we have are llamas and coatis. Throughout the play park there are tables and benches, and green recreational areas where you can settle down and you're welcome to bring food and drinks. Madsby Kiosk offers a range of fast food, sandwiches, ice cream and drinks, and sweets.
During the season from 1 April through to and including week 42, there are also leisure activities that cost something to use. There is the Madsby Train if you are going out to the mini town, FIC, Danhostel and Best Hotel Fredericia Best Western, there are boats, Adventure Mini Golf, barbecues and during the summer holiday period there is also Water Balls. You can see the opening hours of these activities on the link to the right.
A play park still in development
Since 1995, there has been a steady increase in visitors to Legepark, especially more and more tourists from abroad, but also from nearby areas such as West Funen and East and South Jutland. A lot of work has gone into developing the activities at the play park and there has been focus on the replacement and maintenance of play equipment and buildings, and developing new business opportunities. Most recently an Adventure Mini Golf course was established in collaboration with a local private investor and it is in operation from 1 April 2014. For 3 years, Legepark was in the Danish Tourist Attractions star rating system and was awarded a fine 3 stars as a tourist attraction, and it has helped to cement our status as the triangle area's most popular family tourist attraction. Today Legepark is part of the Excellent Play certification scheme.
Our core audience on weekdays are the city's kindergartens, schools and childminders, and also visiting kindergartens and schools from Middelfart, Odense, Kolding, Vejle and towns from South Jutland in general. We have also noticed increasing visits from towns in Central and East Jutland.
On weekends, bank holidays and during the summer holiday the core audience are families with children and families on family get-togethers. In the summer holiday period the guests are also tourists from home and abroad, and we have noticed an increased proportion of Norwegian guests at Legepark.
Since 2003, we have electronically registered all visitors at the three main entrances to Legepark. Madsby Legepark is Denmark's largest free play park and last year was visited by 305,000 guests. This puts us among the 25 most visited attractions in Denmark and we are only surpassed by Legoland and Givskud here in South Jutland.