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Capitol Square

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Address: 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53703
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Beautiful building

While heading to the Tornado to eat, we walked all around the capitol building (4 sides) and not on purpose but it provided me with fodder for my camera to capture the beauty of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
gary c
Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I mistakenly said that the State Capitol was a great place to picnic but you cannot picnic in the building itself. However the Capitol Square grounds are beautiful and a great place to have a picnic for one or for ten!

Thank Virginia M
Carolina, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While heading to the Tornado to eat, we walked all around the capitol building (4 sides) and not on purpose but it provided me with fodder for my camera to capture the beauty of the building in downtown, Madison

Thank gary c
Forest Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The square meshes nicely with he sprawling complexes of the University of Wisconsin. It is a nice leisurely walk. Funny thing is is that between Minnesota which charges you for everything and eventually air, the university and the capital. I am not suprised that Minnesota has not started charging for air yet, but give the DFL time to figure out... More 

Thank Indy27
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wisconsin State Capital sits high on a hill between Lakes Mendota and Monona. There is alot of history on Capital Square. There has been alot of development around Capital Square that has limited the views of the lake.

Thank Greg P
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent the day at the capitol square on Earth Day. It was busy with people and parades going on. The weather was very nice and so were the colors of the green grass and blue sky.

Thank Rula A
Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Capitol Square is a great area. Great place to take a walk, take in the sights and find a place to eat. Of course, it's only better on Saturdays when then the Farmers' Market takes place.

Thank Laraine322
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

The capitol building is grand, definitely a must visit while in Madison. Visit on a Saturday if you can so you get a taste of the excellent farmer's market at the square. There are also several excellent restaurants nearby.

Thank TravelerVG27
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Very cute and cozy Capitol downtown area. Easy to park and walk around the area, lakes and University. You can tour in about 2-3hrs.

Thank Paola R
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

focal place to bring out of town guests, capitol itself is beautiful inside and out. walk in by yourself to take a look at the beautiful dome and seasonal features (holiday/xmas tree, protest/activist posters, etc). The lit up capitol/capitol square at night is beautiful. many events in the warmer months, farmers market on saturday mornings, food festivals with live music... More 

Thank Mihaela B
Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

As usual my go to place around the square since I live close by . Friends are amazed at the variety of shops and restaurants as well as the beauty of our Capitol - a replica of D.C. ! Love downtown Madison 💜

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