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Best things to do in Madison

Capitol Building
“The Capitol has such exquisite design and architecture, makes it a wonderful place to explore.”
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Garden
“Beautiful Gardens with great detail, very courteous staff and volunteers. Lovely way to spend a day in Madison. ”
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Student Center
“There are tons of eating out options, both inside and outside the Union. Enjoy a brat and a beer (or ice cream) while sitting outside on the terrace overlooking Lake Mendota. Check the Union website for events - there is usually live music on weekend nights! ”
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Zoo
“The Madison Zoo is amazing, it is one of the few remaining free zoos in the US. Beautiful landscaping and treats are available as well. It borders one of Madison's wonderful lakes as well, Lake Wingra.”
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Gastropub
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“You can't come to Wisconsin and not enjoy our signature drink, an Old Fashioned! We drink ours with brandy, and it's a perfect cocktail in hot or cold weather. The fare at this restaurant is great also. ”
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Performing Arts Venue
“Beautiful venue on State St where a wonderful variety of plays, concerts and other entertainment is always occurring.”
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Shopping Mall
“Outdoor shopping with stores: Lululemon, Anthropologie, Evereve, Free People, etc”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“For any grocery needs you can't find at our market next door. Excellent produce, grocery, butcher, bulk isle, and health&beauty needs.”
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Art Gallery
“The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in WI: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. ”
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Food
“In all our travels and places we've lived, we have never found a better Farmers' Market. Make sure to get some fresh cheese curds! Runs spring through fall weekends outside on the Capitol Square, and in colder months it's located inside the Monona Terrace. ”
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Stadium
“Fall in Madison means football! The good news is that it's only a 10-15 minute walk away and you have your own driveway!”
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American Restaurant
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“wine/cocktails and warm friendly neighborhood bar/lounge restaurant, very good food + board games. ”
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Park
“1200 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs and nearly 20 miles of hiking trials!”
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Gastropub
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“Farm-to-table comfort food in a light, bright, modern space. The Fried Hook's Cheese Curds are delicious! When in Wisconsin...”
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Museum
“This place is SO fun! It is a must see if you are visiting Madison with kiddos!”
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Shopping Mall
“Very close and has most larger retail stores and Nordstrom Rack is close by.”
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