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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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fun area

tons of people and lots of great places. could do without the political commentary guy with microphone.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

tons of people and lots of great places. could do without the political commentary guy with microphone.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sorry but there's no reason to come to State street to look into windows of all the bars and restaurants. It has become boring, not to say there aren't great bars and restaurants on State street, but that's all there is. What you do is, you try to find parking near the block where your restaurant is, park and hope... More 

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Appleton, WI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of everything for everyone from the Capitol Building on one end to the University Mall on the other. Two things a Bucky Badger fan must have on State St. are a brat and a beer.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

State Street offers some great restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and candy shops. In the warm weather there is no doubt someone out playing an instrument and providing the backdrop to the experience. At the top of State you've got the capital in all it's glory, and the square. On Saturdays, there is the farmers market that gives you the fram to... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Madison for the Fishing Expo and ended up visiting State St. and all the different shops and wonderful exciting taverns. If you can't be in "Green Acres" (Green Acres is the Place to Be...)This is the place to be at for fun!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Diverse area. Definitely worth the trip. Love the different shops, restaurants and bars in the area.

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Barneveld, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

State street is so many things. While Madison has a street named Main Street, State Street is the real main street, and a nice long corridor of delights connecting the impressive State Capitol with the heart of the UW campus. Think the place you should go if you are looking for that "downtown" of Petula Clark fame. You may not... More 

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Eagle River
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did a short mini vacation to Madison with our teen daughter and friend. We are from a small town, so our 13-year olds were sooo amazed with the activity on State Street. As parents, we absolutely loved our experience, visiting the shops, eating the great food at the restaurants, and taking in the absolute beauty of the buildings! Everyone was... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

State Street is worth a walk. It will lead you to the Capitol, The Overture Center and back to the Terrace. Grab a bite at any of the many varied restaurants. When the weather is good take the food to either the Terrace or the Capitol lawn for a picnic. State Street has something for everyone and with no auto... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Walking down State Street on a sunny afternoon is great way to spend some time. Who knows, you might find an exciting find in one of the shops or grab a coffee drink. If going when UW is in session, you'll be dodging many students. Also, be on the look out for and place to grab ice cream, too -... More 

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