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State Street

Madison, WI
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Ranked #14 of 41 Attractions in Madison
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
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Owner description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and specialty shops.
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Lakota, North Dakota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

State street has so many different types of bars, shops and a farmers market near the capital. Take the time to enjoy Madison by walking State Street.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A great place to be with lots of shops and restaurants to explore the taste of madison. You should try BBQ rib, Hawk, Jamba juice, ...

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

State Street is the best location to be whether it is with your sig other or family / friends. It's full of great restaurants and convenient little shops. If you're going out at night, please note that it is definitely college town -- strictly 21-30.

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Hurley, Wisconsin
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272 reviews 272 reviews
83 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Every time I visit Madison, I have to take the time to visit State Street. This has something for everyone. There is everything from an arbiriem to a small zoo and everything in between. There are wonderful eateries, taverns, there is opera, and many shops to enjoy. This is perfect for all ages and something for everyone. This is a... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Quirky independent shops intermingled with chain retail, this street is packed with fun places to explore. Great choice in top notch restaurants. Parking is metered and can be difficult. Additionally, the area is very congested when the university is in session.

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Vermont
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Almost pedestrian only. Buses, taxis and bikes are allowed. Lots of stores, lots of restaurants, lots of students. Runs from the Capitol to the Campus.

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Wisconsin
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106 reviews 106 reviews
20 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

State street has something for everyone: Madison Children's museum for younger kids, Overture center for the arts, the University of Wisconsin on the other end, and a variety of shopping, bars and restaurants in the middle. It's a great walk.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I love State Street. I love to walk it. I love to view it from atop Bascom Hill or to take it in from the State Capitol on the other end. The opportunity for boutique shopping, a cup of coffee, a tasty brat, and a cooling beer are plentiful. It is the place to be in the heart of downtown... More

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Palm Springs, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We were all shocked at the absence of people on what was once a very busy State Street. We racked that up to the drinking age going from 18 to 21. - Hence most students can't go get a drink after classes. It was only busy during the homecoming parade - but there were soooo many people with small children... More

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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Look west and you see Bascom Hall, look to the right and you see the Capitol Building in all its splendor. In between are shops, restaurants, bars, specialty dessert places and LOTS of popcorn stores. State Street is a lot of fun, and an easy place to walk since there are no cars allowed.

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