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State Street

Madison, WI
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Ranked #12 of 48 attractions in Madison
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Owner description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse... more » 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. « less
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The active hub of the campus with funky shops and restaurants. At one end the imposing view of the capitol, at the other end Bascom Hill on the UW Campus. This is an active, vibrant, pulsing area which is part of the campus and community. Near the capitol is the Overture Center, a Cesar Pelli designed symphony hall, capitol theater,... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I lived in Madison when State Street was still a city street and the heart of the city, along with the Capital and University. The stores were fresh and unique, influenced mainly by the student culture and the revolution of change in the 1960's and 1970's. The site of protests, marches and loud parties that spilled out of the local... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This use to be a premier park when first created. By bulldozing all of the buidlings and returning it to a park the city could really have something worth going downtown for. That said, some good ice cream and passable pizza can be had there

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Madison, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This pedestrian mall on State Street links the University to the State Capitol. It is still lined with some local stores such as clothing stores, book stores and specialty stores such as the Soap Opera and locally owned restaurants. Unfortunately this area is falling into the grasp of chain stores and chain restaurants. It is worth a stroll but some... More

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Adrian, Michigan
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339 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

On the surface, this pedestrian strip (careful!! a few authorized vehicles still traverse) looks like a collection of retro shops, nice restaurants, fine coffee houses and inviting bars. For that reason, it can be a nice place to stroll on a warm afternoon wandering in and out of shops. However, if you understand the culture of Madison, this street in... More

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

It's a good time whenever you visit State Street. Lots of places to visit, good variety, fun characters and tons of options for all different tastes.

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Zhuhai, China
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66 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Madison State Street has everything you are looking for day or night. Shopping and restaurants during the day, the same restaurants and bars open at night for a vibrant nightlife. UW home games have State Street hopping the entire weekend which can be a turnoff for locals just trying to get into their favorite eateries but otherwise it is one... More

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Madison, Wisconsin, Usa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

State Street in Madison Wisconsin is one of the real treasures for people viewing in the upper Midwest. The unique characters who were students in the 60s 70s and 80s are still present as you walk up and down State Street. The uniqueness is slowly going away to progress and new buildings and apartments. From the University of Wisconsin campus... More

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

State Street is one of America's most entertaining. Unique shops and eateries galore. Cars are not allowed on the street which is a plus to me. I have been going to State Street since the sixties. I have never failed to have a good time. The street will make you feel younger. A thriving university at one end; and the... More

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Top Contributor
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Depending on what time of year you attend, you can leisurely walk up and down state street and enter numerous shops or food or beverage places. On game day your walk will be a bit more tricky. In the warmer months they have an awesome farmers market surrounding the whole Capitol. Always enjoy a stroll up and down State Street,... More

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