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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

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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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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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Capitol Square
Capitol Square
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Naples 15
Naples 15
Ranked #1 of 990 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $8 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Ranked #2 of 990 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Ranked #3 of 990 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned
Ranked #4 of 990 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Soups
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tornado Steak House
Tornado Steak House
Ranked #5 of 990 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

HI-Madison Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI-Madison Hostel
$34 - $73
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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
$109 - $195
Ranked #4 of 63 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
$128 - $223
Ranked #6 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Homewood Suites Madison West
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites Madison West
$120 - $231
Ranked #8 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Edgewater
4.5 of 5
The Edgewater
$200 - $504
Ranked #7 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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Mansion Hill Inn
4.0 of 5
Mansion Hill Inn
$239 - $337
Ranked #3 of 7 Madison B&B and Inns
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Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
4.0 of 5
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
$181 - $415
Ranked #12 of 63 Hotels in Madison
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