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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703
608-261-4000
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Ranked #13 of 53 Attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Convention Centers, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the world's greatest... more » Owner description: Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building feature the history of the most controversial design of one of the world's greatest architects. Tour highlights include dramatic open spaces, curvilinear forms, breathtaking views, and a picture exhibit of noted photographer Pedro Guerrero. Weather permitting, guests can also visit the rooftop. Tours run daily at 1pm and cost $3 for adults and $2 for students. Free events during the spring and summer months include Concerts on the Rooftop, Dane Dances and Tunes at Monona Terrace concerts series, T'ai Chi, Lakeside Kids children's program, architectural Wright Lecture series, as well as numerous other programs for all ages. We also offer outreach programs for students. The Gift Shop, located on level 4 inside Monona Terrace, has a unique selection of Wright-inspired gifts, Wisconsin souvenirs, and specialty Items. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. « less
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Bend, Oregon
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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We told a cab driver to take us to "The Terrace", and he brought us here. It's a very nice Terrace with great views (including the capital). We were there late, so we didn't have a chance to try out the restaurant that's there, but it was worthwhile to see. Despite not being the correct terrace (we wanted to go... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great place to watch the boaters, skiers, bikers, and great water views. Very clean and inviting. Sometimes live music.

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Dayton
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96 reviews 96 reviews
49 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Monona Terrace is billed as a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired facility. As you drive into Madison, you see this beautiful structure on the beautiful lake, and you are immediately in love with this great City.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Stayed at nearby hotel for wedding and ventured out to see this interesting Frank Lloyd Wright building. Worth a look and walk around--wish we had time for the tour. Has great little cafe at the top with view of the lake.

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Lombard, IL
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Absolutely the best venue for Ironman in North America. Clean, staff great. Banquet food pretty good as well.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great Views on the roof top. The building it self is goofy. Poor architect design and lay out. Poor location of the bathrooms if you can find them. Carpet is ugly for being some what new. Summer time concerts on the roof top are fun ! ! Great bands. But remember the bathroom problem if you drink.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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147 reviews 147 reviews
79 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the building in 1936, but it did not get completed until 1997. There were many who opposed the location, and thought Wright's design too much for the location. The second world war stopped the funding, and it took 60 years of voting to get it built. It cantilevers over Monona Lake and has a huge area... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright Designed center, great views of lake on the bike path. 1 hour tour by well informed and passionate volunteer. Outdoor rooftop area relaxing with good seating

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex by Lake Monona in Madison is well worth a visit. It's best if you don't go on a day when there were four weddings on the premises, but this was a third visit and we just enjoyed the areas open to the public. The interior has many semi-circular features - from the curved walls and... More

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florida
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We stopped by while walking around. The view is very pretty. Nice place to stop and rest from all our walking.

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