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State Street

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Address: Madison, WI
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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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A fun places to people watch, eat, drink, have a coffee, relax outside. Outdoor tables for eating and drinking at some of the restaurant, bars. State St is dog friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
PattyO1988
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fun places to people watch, eat, drink, have a coffee, relax outside. Outdoor tables for eating and drinking at some of the restaurant, bars. State St is dog friendly. Families, solo, couple's, everyone is welcome!

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Augusta, Georgia
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fun place to kill an hour or two browsing in and out of funky stores. Good place to go for UW swag and WI souvenirs.

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Burton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

State Street is a great place to experience diversity. I love walking down this street and watching so many interesting people. The shops and restaurants are welcoming. A wide variety from fast food to fine dining. Many different ethnic restaurants. Then there are the pubs and drinking holes. Something for everyone. It is a street mall with no traffic dotted... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

State street has alot to offer. So many places to choice from dining to shopping. It's a great place to walk around and see all that State Street has to offer.

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McHenry, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

State street was by far one of our favorite places on our trip! There are hundreds of shops and restaurants. You could probably spend a few days just walking up and down it to explore everything that there is to offer. The best is that Parking garages cost less than $5 to park for a a few hours!!!!!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great collection of college type shops and eateries. They were having a street market the day we were there which made it even more fun. Parking is easy in the city/university public garages nearby and a quick stroll to and from the campus itself. It was summer but still many students around, makes you feel just a little bit younger.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing shops and seating and all on a Street with no cars ! Love it so much ! You can stroll along and listen to music or enjoy a nice slice of pizza! Great shopping and unique shops as well. A must see and a must do !!!!!

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Jackson, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the street with pubs, restaurants, other shops and tons of young vibrant people. You can feel the energy. Love it. It runs from the University to the State Capitol building. Very enjoyable area to stroll.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here and at the capitol building on a Saturday, so the Farmer's Market was happening. This extended into State St, so it was even more festive. Even after the market closed, it was a nice place to wander. I was impressed with the multitude of triangle buildings on State Street and the corners of the Capitol. Lots of... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked State Street in s Friday Night. There were lots of people, mix of college kids and older folk. Quite a few panhandlers asking for money. Plenty of restaurants to choose from.

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