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Address: Madison, WI

This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square...

This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and specialty shops.

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When we first starting coming to Madison for the state wrestling tournament I was afraid to take the kids on state street. Not sure what I was afraid of but now it is a highlight... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Dawn G
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When we first starting coming to Madison for the state wrestling tournament I was afraid to take the kids on state street. Not sure what I was afraid of but now it is a highlight of our trips. There are so many restaurants, shops, bars you name it. If you can't find something to you like on state street to... More 

Thank Dawn G
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is how life should be: an entire street lined with stores and restaurants. The only problem is picking which restaurant because opportunity cost will always leave you feeling like you missed out. The solution is to come back another day and eat at a new place each time you visit. To hit all the spots to eat you'll need... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entire state street is an eclectic shopping venture with a little bit of everything. Usually a lot of street performers and very broad spectrum of people come there. Some areas are getting a little divey looking, but generally safe during the day.

Thank 4csmiley
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone loves State St! With tons of shops, restaurants and sights to see, State St is the hub of Madison. It also has a beautiful view of the capitol.

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Angels Camp, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked up and down State Street on Sunday morning. A lot of the places didn't open until noon. I was surprised at the number of chain places (Wendy's, Qdoba, Chipotle, Cold Stone) in just a few blocks. I'd check this street out again on a Friday or Saturday night in the summer. It was hard to interact with on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Hanging out is what you do here. Great eclectic mix of stores. Very nice restaurants. Great view of the Capital. Walk along the streets and enjoy the flow of people.

Thank Henry R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

State Street has lots of cool shops and restaurants. Everything from coffee shops to bookstores to second hand shops. It's nice that only cabs/buses can drive down the street. I very much enjoyed walking around there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We love coming to Madison to visit our son, who lives near State Street. We always walk around State Street. It's such an interesting place, with so much to see, including interesting people. There are many great places to eat too.

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Love State Street - have spent many days/nights ion this Street shopping, eating and drinking. It seems like several businesses are starting to leave/close (out of business) which is very sad. Love the uniqueness of this little town and all the fun quirky boutique type stores.

Thank lovetotravelusa
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Our hotel was less than a half block off of State Street. We parked our car and walked for three days in downtown Madison. We toured the Capitol Square and up and down both sides of the street to and from campus - over a three day period. The corners are particularly interesting as the architecture of the buildings are... More 

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