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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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Memorial Union Terrace
Memorial Union Terrace
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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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 956 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $8 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 956 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Ranked #3 of 956 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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 956 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Soups
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Graze Restaurant
Graze Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 956 Restaurants in Madison
Price: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Gastropub
Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

HI-Madison Hostel
2.0 of 5
HI-Madison Hostel
$26 - $66
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central
$112 - $211
Ranked #1 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown
$122 - $238
Ranked #2 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn and Suites Madison West
$100 - $192
Ranked #4 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
$216 - $320
Ranked #2 of 9 Madison B&B and Inns
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The Edgewater
4.5 of 5
The Edgewater
$116 - $265
Ranked #7 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
4.0 of 5
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
$131 - $234
Ranked #12 of 61 Hotels in Madison
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