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Memorial Union Terrace

800 Langdon St, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1419
+1 608-265-3000
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....should bother going to College, if they think they can find a better College socializing spot... read more

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g0ldengut
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We spent time at The Terrace earlier this week. What a great place. Music, food, drinks and a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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800 Langdon St, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1419
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Reviewed yesterday

....should bother going to College, if they think they can find a better College socializing spot than this. If their discernment is so poor they believe there's better elsewhere, they shouldn't bother pursuing a degree at all.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent time at The Terrace earlier this week. What a great place. Music, food, drinks and a fabulous view. The Terrace sits along the Lake with fabulous views of the sailboats on the water.

Thank Debbie F
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Reviewed 5 days ago

They have updated the outside with colorful chairs but left the "Rat" as it was some 50 years ago. Nice to see the old murals on the walls and the wooden tables. I spent quite a bit of time there! We had brats for lunch...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Terrace is part of the University of Wisconsin Student Union Building and the entire building is awesome. Inside, among other places to eat, there is a German Rathskeller and outside there is the Terrace which goes down to the lake. Sitting outside having some...More

1  Thank Connie M
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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you, Connie! You covered so much of what makes the Terrace special. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Memorial Union Terrace is on Lake Mendota. The bands play on the terrace. Food and drink are offered and people can go into the Memorial Union itself if they like.

Thank Betty T
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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review! We have hundreds of events throughout Terrace season, including many still left this summer. We hope to see you soon for an art class, live music or a free film showing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had great fun at this location looking at the lake and enjoying some food! We had a smattering of choices and our table took advantage from brats, pizza, icecream, and beer. In addition we enjoyed walking along the lake and watching the boating and...More

1  Thank Allisonspring
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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Sounds like you made the most of your Terrace experience, Allison. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope you will come make new memories at the Terrace soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is THE place to experience Madison. The best ice cream, iconic seating, the best views of boats and sunsets, live music, pitchers of beer... just add family or friends for a guaranteed good time.

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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Well said. The Terrace wouldn't be the Terrace without the incredible people who bring life to it each year. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy local craft beers on a summer evening and listen to live bands. Food also available on the Terrace and in the adjacent Union building. Crowded on nice weekend nights, so consider another time if you want a quieter venue. Also, must (n theory) be...More

Thank Michael T
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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review, Michael. We offer three guest passes per year, but we are a membership organization. Membership revenue helps make all that we do at the Union possible, including 2,300 events each year. Behind these events are students who are learning through student...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see to get the full Madison experience. Sample university made ice cream, sip beer, listen to local musicians, watch sail boats, and take selfies in the iconic chairs!

Thank bjw54701
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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review and for making us part of your Madison memories!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You haven't been to Madison if you haven't sat on one of the iconic colorful metal chairs on the Union Terrace. It is a great place to go in the evenings to enjoy a brat, beer and some ice cream. Watch the boats go by...More

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Wisconsin_Union, Public Relations Manager at Memorial Union Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review. We are honored to have been part of the Madison community for almost 90 years and to be place where you make memories. Hope to see you again soon!

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Sarah S
7 July 2016|
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Response from Wisconsin_Union | Property representative |
Hi, Sarah, You are allowed three guest passes within a 12-month period, with the period beginning when you receive your first guest pass. After you receive three guest passes, a membership is required to purchase... More
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Frank O
2 July 2016|
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Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
Nope, It is normally a great place to watch sporting events BUT is now under a major remodeling project.
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Lbuoscio
31 July 2015|
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Response from Wisconsin_Union | Property representative |
Bikes are not allowed on the Terrace, but there is plenty of bike parking nearby. Hope to see you soon at Memorial Union!
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