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Address: Madison, WI
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square...
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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Great place to walk

State Street is one of the most interesting streets in Madison Downtown, a lot of fun there, you will find nice places, bars, shops, pubs and restaurants with food from all places... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
CesarVelasquez
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

State Street is one of the most interesting streets in Madison Downtown, a lot of fun there, you will find nice places, bars, shops, pubs and restaurants with food from all places of the world; it is safe at any time, if you go on winter be sure to wear a warm jacket

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite aspects about Madison is State Street. The location is really unique, as it connects University of Wisconsin-Madison to the State Capitol and is only a block away from Lake Mendota. There is something for everyone whether it's ethnic restaurants, unique local businesses, street performers, protests, Badger game days, farmers markets, shows or a museum or two,... More 

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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I love just strolling State Street. You can either watch the unique people who live downtown, shop at quaint stores (including the Farmer's Market nearby), or eat at an assortment of restaurants (including curbside eateries during the warmer months). There are even places where you can rent bikes to ride around, which I haven't done yet but plan to one... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

this place is so cool you just walk down the street and there are places to eat and shop and some places where you can learn things. There are some very expensive art on display. Ragstock is so cool. No matter the age State St. is the place to be.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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132 reviews 132 reviews
41 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Lots of shopping, eating, and people watching await on State Street. There are so many unique places to check out usually at least a couple visits are necessary!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Fun Big Ten Game viewing. Great service. Clean. Cozy booths available. Lots of samples! Live action crowd.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We walked the entire length of state street on a bitterly cold day. There was outdoor music, tons of shops and places to eat, very safe, and the contemporary art museum was open and free, it was a perfect day.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

If you are looking for somewhere to go that will have something that will interest everyone in your group then this is the place for you. Restaurants, museums, stores, and Theaters.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Most college towns have a street where all the local shops are located but in Madison State Street connects the UW Madison to the Capitol. The shops are quaint the bars are plentiful and new development is constant and making downtown Madison unique.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

State Street, Madison is the best place in town for people-watching - mostly students at the University - fun to see the latest in hair, clothes and accessories. No matter the weather, there are always people! There are wonderful little boutiques, a resale shop or two, shoes, imports, and a few restaurants. One entire block touching State Street is being... More 

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