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Capitol Square

Address: 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53703
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Ranked #4 of 43 Attractions in Madison
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Istanbul
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285 reviews 285 reviews
193 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you visit Wisconsin during summer and fall; capitol square is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Farmer's Market is the best. They have lots of organic fresh produce and if you love cheese, you'll find yourself in cheese heaven with multiple stalls offering free samples. Parking is tough though so make sure to park in one of the... More 

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Antigo, Wisconsin
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22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Best Farmer's Market in the state! Buy a muffin and some coffee and graze while you watch all the people!

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Madison, WI
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love the capitol square. Granted I've lived in Madison all my life, but its the go-to show off the city when a visitor arrives! In summer and fall it is leafy, shady and beautifully landscaped, with a bustling farmer's market on Saturdays that offers a wide variety of Wisconsin products (including cheese!). On summer Wednesdays stretch out a picnic... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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20 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Whenever my husband and I go out we make a point to visit the Capitol square. Out of towners - don't waste your time going to State Street - go straight to the square. Wait times at the Old Fashioned are borderline ridiculous but there are plenty of other great spots that have the best view in town - the... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I went to school here and still find it very confusing to navigate. I think that a map in hand is a necessity!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Madison is truly a beautiful and unique state capitol. The Capitol Square sits between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. East Washington and West Washington Ave are divided by the Capitol Square, and many locals use this as a reference point for visitors. Spring and summer Saturday mornings are lined with Farmer's Market vendors, followed by Concerts on the Square and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Square has the best restaurants in Madison! I wish there were more shops / stores. The square also has great vintage-like bars with a great view of the capitol.

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

No beating this farmer's market - on Saturday mornings. All around the capitol - only walk in one direction. Don't miss the free sample cheese curds!

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Morton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

great places to eat on the square. Some outside eating which is nice - great view of the Capitol dome.

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Palm Springs, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Parking is an issue every where in the Capitol Square area. Don't park in the sketchy areas. There was a wait at almost every restaurant we tried to eat at.

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