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Student Center
“The Memorial Union is a Madison icon. Sit out by the lake, have a drink, enjoy the views. The Union pulls people by the hundreds on a nice summer weekend. ”
64 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great way to enjoy and afternoon, especially for families with children. The zoo offers free admission and is open 365 days a year. ”
40 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Beautiful venue on State St where a wonderful variety of plays, concerts and other entertainment is always occurring.”
42 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Excellent food right on the square. A great stop any day of the week. Especially on a Farmer Market Saturday. ”
53 locals recommend
Stadium
“80,000 Badger fans cheering on the local team - the Badgers! Football games are on Saturdays from the end of August thru the end of November (not every weekend)”
26 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“wine/cocktails and warm friendly neighborhood bar/lounge restaurant, very good food + board games. ”
33 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in WI: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. ”
22 locals recommend
Museum
“Fun for a rainy day, or a day that's too hot, or a day where you just need something else to do!! They offer reciprocal memberships so if you have a membership to a children's museum elsewhere you may be able to get free admission here...”
24 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Locally sourced fare prepared by some of Madison’s best chefs. Classy casual over looking the capital. ”
30 locals recommend
Bar
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“For a drink and a bite. A staple neighborhood spot. Low-key with a slightly punked out edge. Live music if you stay late enough”
25 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of my favorite places to have a nice meal! Cozy, hip, casual atmosphere and amazing food!”
23 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“One of my favorite restaurants in Madison. The best meal of my life was bought here. It’s has a beautiful design and is feet from the shores of Lake Monona. ”
25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great local produce and farm to table. Hearty helpings and always reliable. Not very large tables, ideal for 4 people or less. ”
25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“We love pizza delivery from here! Try the Fetalicious... yum yum. If you dine in they have comedy shows in the basement. Can be a fun entertainment while you dine!”
20 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This splendid three-story glass structure is undoubtedly one of the city's most impressive architectural landmarks. ”
14 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Beautiful diner food, with a full page of vegan options in addition to their regular fare. So good. And don't forget to try a piece of their pie!”
16 locals recommend