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Madison
The sprawling University of Wisconsin sets the tone for this college town of cafes, bookstores, brewpubs, numerous restaurants (more per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.) and a good share of cultural and historical attractions. Stunning glacial waterways make the City of Lakes one of the more picturesque state capitals in the country. More than 250 parks offer residents and tourists plenty of recreational areas to choose from. If you visit the campus, be sure to try the famous Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union or Babcock Hall, before or after a visit to the Elvehjem Museum of Art's collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities. And to really get into the college spirit, head over to State Street's... more The sprawling University of Wisconsin sets the tone for this college town of cafes, bookstores, brewpubs, numerous restaurants (more per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.) and a good share of cultural and historical attractions. Stunning glacial waterways make the City of Lakes one of the more picturesque state capitals in the country. More than 250 parks offer residents and tourists plenty of recreational areas to choose from. If you visit the campus, be sure to try the famous Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union or Babcock Hall, before or after a visit to the Elvehjem Museum of Art's collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities. And to really get into the college spirit, head over to State Street's eclectic range of ethnic restaurants. Be sure to try the mouth-watering bratwurst sandwich on a homemade bun at State Street Brats, a student favorite. At the end of State Street, the white granite, Roman Renaissance-style Capitol dominates the skyline and offers an observation platform for views of the city and lakes. less

All things to do » Things to do

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical... more Owner description: One of Madison's most popular attractions, this oasis of green includes a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, wildflower garden and a tropical conservatory. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol
Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different types of stone from around the world as well as murals... more Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different types of stone from around the world as well as murals and handmade furniture. The observation deck, open in the summer, offers views of the city and surrounding lakes. Capitol Square plays host to state events throughout the year including Farmers Markets and Folk Festivals. less
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Capitol Square
Capitol Square
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Henry Vilas Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo
Owner description: Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park, features animals from around the world including African lions, South American alpacas and tortoises from... more Owner description: Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park, features animals from around the world including African lions, South American alpacas and tortoises from the Galapagos Islands. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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Memorial Union Terrace
Memorial Union Terrace
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Ranked #1 of 929 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Ranked #2 of 929 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned
Ranked #3 of 929 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Naples 15
Naples 15
Ranked #4 of 929 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $8 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Graze Restaurant
Graze Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 929 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Gastropub, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Super 8 Madison South
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Madison South
$68 - $131
Ranked #17 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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HI-Madison Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI-Madison Hostel
$32 - $72
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Super 8 Windsor/Madison North
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Windsor/Madison North
$63 - $86
Ranked #47 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West
$106 - $226
Ranked #3 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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Hampton Inn Madison East Towne Mall Area
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Madison East Towne Mall Area
$122 - $209
Ranked #4 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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AmericInn Lodge & Suites Madison West
3.0 of 5
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Madison West
$95 - $171
Ranked #10 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Mansion Hill Inn
4.0 of 5
Mansion Hill Inn
$239 - $412
Ranked #2 of 9 Madison B&B and Inns
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The Edgewater
4.0 of 5
The Edgewater
$194 - $366
Ranked #6 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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