When visiting Madison, there's something for everyone when you're on State Street - be it eating ethnic or good ole' American food at restaurants or shopping for UW Madison spirit wear, trendy or vintage clothing or other gift items. Many fine restaurants and bars- all different styles. At the State Historical Society Museum, I bought inexpensive die-cast pencil-sharpeners in the shapes of paddleboats and typewriters, but I coveted the Ojibwe boxes of birchbark and porcupine quills.
Thanks for the great feedback! We love having so many different options for everyone downtown, we're glad you found so many in one trip. When visiting Madison, there's something for everyone when you're on State Street - be it eating ethnic or good ole' American food at restaurants or shopping for UW Madison spirit wear, trendy or vintage clothing or other gift items.
If in doubt, sit back on We love to hear about how much people enjoy being downtown, we hope you visit us again soon and often! Parking can also be a My wife and I visited State street a few weeks ago, and overall we enjoyed the experience. Neither of us went to UW, so there was no nostalgia associated with the area.
I feel that plays a large role in many people's perception of it State Street is a very unique street that speaks to everyone differently. We're sorry you didn't connect as well as expected but are glad to hear you had an enjoyable experience. I am jealous of the college students that get to experience this area on a regular basis, but I wouldn't consider this a touristy town. The many residents and students are definitely noticeable but we like to think there's a little something for everyone downtown.
Either way we're glad you enjoy it, come visit us more often! Lots to see and do, or just walk around. Many fine restaurants and bars- all different styles. Never saw it get rowdy or out of control. Thanks for sharing your experience, we love to hear when people enjoy visiting downtown as much as we enjoy living and working here. And yes, bring your bikes we have tons of places to ride!
State Street has always been one of our favorite destinations in Madison. Over the years, it has changed -- becoming a bit more upscale in terms of shops and restaurants -- but it has managed to maintain its essence as a quirky interesting place to Thanks for the kind words. Downtown is an ever evolving area but that's just one of the many things that keeps it interesting!
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Offering lake access, amazing views, several museums and theaters, more than restaurants including a Would you associate this place or activity with fashion? Does this place or activity have parking? Is there a recommended dress code for this place or activity?
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Does this place or activity offer free wi-fi? Do you have to pay for wi-fi at this place or activity? I doubted there was a single truly blue-collar worker at the performance, a benefit for Wisconsin Wetlands Association. The next day, I shopped in earnest. Inside, more than Wisconsin artists were selling their wares; my prize was a walnut coat rack from Marcus and Penny Neal of Cassville, Wis. I headed home, having dutifully consumed and stocked up on all things Wisconsin: Then, I spotted a black-and-white spotted building, and a sign: Driving on the isthmus can be frustrating, and parking is strictly enforced; read meters and signs or you may be towed.
But at night, parking in city ramps is inexpensive. Monroe Street , which heads south from Camp Randall stadium, has lots of fun shops and places to eat. If you're there during rush hour on a weekday, be careful where you park or you'll be towed.
Atwood Avenue, just northeast of downtown, has many shops, including Absolutely Art , which sells the work of more than local artists. Overture Center for the Arts , a block from Capitol Square on State Street, hosts international artists and Broadway shows as well as the local symphony, opera, theater and dance troupes. Hotel rates are higher on weekends and go through the roof for Badgers games and other special events. But from the first weekend of December to late February, hotels offer Winter Getaway deals on weekends.
The DoubleTree and Inn on the Park are nearby. The newly renovated Edgewater Hotel on Lake Mendota, near the Capitol, is the only downtown hotel on the lakeshore. It's been renovated under new owners and no longer has the personality of the original, but it's luxurious.
The Graduate is a boutique hotel a block off State Street and a block from the campus.
In the heart of downtown, State Street and the Capitol Square, you will find Madison's center for shopping, dining, entertainment and events. Avoid the ordinary by exploring hundreds of eclectic shops, boutiques, and galleries, many locally owned. State Street is located in Madison, WI (which is also the capital). It is the county seat of Dane County. Madison is also home to the University of Wisconsin Badgers. As of the census, Madison had a population of ,, making it the second largest city in Wisconsin. shopping It's no wonder shopping is the second most popular activity for people who visit Madison! From the shops that line State Street's pedestrian mall to neat neighborhoods known for their specialty stores, there are treasures to be found for every taste.