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“great street”(24 reviews)
This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin, buzzes with activity day and night. Offering lake access, amazing views, several museums and theaters, more than 140 restaurants including a...more
Madison, WI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

State Street and downtown Madison is the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus and the city. During the summer its the best place to stroll and open air shop. In the fall there's the annual Halloween party where the street is closed off for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised the downtown area of the states capital was that small. It was about 2 blocks long. Had a nice variety of stores though. Went for freakfest. Decent

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Downtown Madison, this particular area, is always busy, healthy for the person who's seeking to get some exercise, and see what is going on. I recommend stopping there, just for the experience. Check it out!

Thank RockfordPoetLaureate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. Cute shopping, coffee, bars, restaurants. A must do when in Madison. Just know you will find some chain places like the Gap and Under Armour and not all boutiques.

Thank chibex32
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

State street and the square is such a great place to walk through during the evening if you’ve never been to Madison! Lots of local bars, coffee shops with later hours, book stores, and various places to grab food! Cute and clean town.

Thank Kelly V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unique shops Lots of places to eat if you get hungry Great place to get in the holiday spirit You can also visit the Capital and see the Christmas tree, it's beautiful

Thank Jacquelyn T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Downtown Madison is very lovely especially the streets to the two rivers Monona and Medota. There are many eating joints too.

Thank Kumkumjaipur
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

So many shops open and people on a Friday night. Seeing lamb meat shaved for gyros or fudge being made! Restaurants and bars aplenty. A happening place on a Friday night!

Thank McFerrid
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Hit the Library Mall to sample interesting food from the carts that exist there. Something for everyone and it is a small area to pick and choose from. Inexpensive. There are two parking ramps near the area. Also close to the Chazen Art thingy and...More

Thank billfeeny
TimJ2409, Operations at State Street & Downtown Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thanks for the great feedback! We love having so many different options for everyone downtown, we're glad you found so many in one trip.

Reviewed 2 October 2018

When visiting Madison, there's something for everyone when you're on State Street - be it eating ethnic or good ole' American food at restaurants or shopping for UW Madison spirit wear, trendy or vintage clothing or other gift items. If in doubt, sit back on...More

Thank mtgplnr2016
TimJ2409, Operations at State Street & Downtown Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

We love to hear about how much people enjoy being downtown, we hope you visit us again soon and often!

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Linda G
1 June 2017|
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Response from Kathy F | Reviewed this property |
About 15 to 20 minutes. Worth it. May find places to check in between? We liked eating outside at the terrace there.
Lukas M
16 March 2015|
Response from interceptpubs | Reviewed this property |
yes, a lot of them do, except the fish, snakes, and other legless varieties. if you're asking if you see people walking animals (dogs, etc.) on state street, then yes, but on leashes (the animals that is).