Memorial Union Terrace
Memorial Union Terrace
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Kathrin S
Portland, OR628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Gorgeous place to sit out and look at the lake and the sailboats. Really lively student hangout. Grab a coffee and beer and find a seat!
Written 15 October 2023
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195508Anonymous
264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited the Union and patio on the recommendation of our neighbor, a Wisconsin alum. What a great setting to grab a coffee, beer or other beverage and enjoy the view of the lake. The Union also has a couple restaurants and a small market. Parking was not a problem. Definitely worth a visit if on or near campus!
Written 27 August 2023
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AJLIllinois
Rockford, IL464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Be prepared for crowds. We went for Babcock ice cream, which was worth the long wait in line. But be forewarned, parking is at a premium and the place is very crowded on the weekends.
Written 7 August 2023
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Nicki W
Fond du Lac, WI11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A must go-to location to sit along the lake to appreciate a patio experience. A place to enjoy a wide variety of beverages, foods, and the best ice cream!
Written 6 August 2023
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JV T
Kfar Giladi, Israel5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Entertaining locale, but be sure to drive here – don’t try to bicycle. Screeching, angry guards sent me and my bicycle away, but there is plenty of cheap car parking under or adjacent too both student unions.

In general, this university firmly discourages cyclists (trails are often torn up) and pedestrians (roaring boulevards slice through the campus). Strictly cars only. Drive here or stay away.
Written 23 July 2023
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MikeGPortland
Wilmette, IL209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We were walking around downtown Madison and decided to walk over to the lake, where we stumbled upon this terrace area. There are a lot of great food/drink options (really enjoyed the Rathskellar) and comfortable seating makes it a nice place to spend a bit of time while in town.
Written 26 June 2023
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MrsPsPicks
Butler, PA476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We found a shady spot on the Terrace to listen to live music - a band of kids, probably something like School of Rock. People were enjoying themselves all over... with drinks, ice cream, food, sunbathing, boats, and good times on a lovely summer day.
Written 21 June 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The University of Wisconsin in Madison boasts one of the most beautiful campuses of any university in the United States. Like Chicago has Lake Michigan, the University of Wisconsin has Lake Mendota--and the Memorial Union Terrace. Located at 800 Langdon Street, on the shore of Lake Mendota, on the university campus, it is a popular outdoor space that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. Located outside the Memorial Union, the student center that was opened in 1928, the Terrace is a stone dining and recreational area that is a popular gathering place for students and local residents for socializing because of the backdrop of the lake, with its view of sailboats and the sound of live music. The Wisconsin Union Directorate funds music on the Terrace four nights a week in the summer and on the Terrace or in Der Rathskeller on weekends during the school year. The Union features rooms and artworks reflecting the local heritage, the largest being Der Rathskeller, a German-style beer hall with elaborate murals where political debates and card or board games are common among students over a stein of beer. Other features are the Wisconsin Union Theater, the Paul Bunyan Room, Beefeater Room, Old Madison Room, restaurants, cafeterias, the Box Office that offers tickets for campus events, the Daily Scoop that sells locally made Babcock ice cream and the 1.3-acre Alumni Park that displays the accomplishments of Badgers throughout the 17 decades of the university.
Written 11 January 2023
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Thank you so very much, Taylor! From art to delicious food, Memorial Union has it all, but amounts to little without the amazing patrons who spend time in our spaces and make it all possible. We are truly grateful for your support.
Written 31 March 2023
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LemonyFresh
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Overcrowded and service is equivalent to an overcrowded fair, food is the same. Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
Written 4 October 2022
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We are so sorry that our service and space did not deliver a five-star experience for you. If you're looking for food with short to no lines, the Badger Market is a great option with lots of house-made items. We are constantly working on strategies to reduce lines and still provide the great, quality food our chefs dream up for our patrons. If there's anything we could improve about our food, please let us know at union@union.wisc.edu.
Written 31 March 2023
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lifeisforlearning
Washington DC, DC326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Beautiful on a nice late summer sunny day. Got a beer and sat and watched the boats on the lake. UW students are so lucky to have this!
Written 5 September 2022
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Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your time but are sorry we didn't deliver a five-star experience. Would you let us know how to improve by emailing union@union.wisc.edu?
Written 31 March 2023
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