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We love, love love the historic downtown Madison, Indiana! The shop's are unique and fun, the... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Sandy A
Columbus, Indiana, United States
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Quaint but Lively

This is a wonderful, interesting little town. Easily walkable. There are lots of shops and plenty... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2017
Taylors, South Carolina
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The area along First, Second and Third Streets is home to many of the town's restored pre-Civil War houses.
Madison, IN
+1 800-559-2956
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We love, love love the historic downtown Madison, Indiana! The shop's are unique and fun, the restaurant's are delicious, and there is a cool music store, a nice spice store. Love Main Street. During the holidays you can take a horse and buggy ride.. bad...More

Thank Sandy A
Reviewed 31 July 2017

This is a wonderful, interesting little town. Easily walkable. There are lots of shops and plenty of places to get a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can spend a day enjoying this pretty town. The architecture is very interesting too.

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Trip was great!!! Had such a great time! Would recommend to everyone!!! Took the 2 hour excursion. Great history lesson too!!! Highly recommend this for all ages.

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful example of a Greek Revival! Loved the history, architecture, and stories told on tour. Without the owner of this home there may have very well not been a state of Indiana.

Thank Aventuregirl14
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Cute and clean "main street" with lots of fun shops ranging from antiques to boutiques. Coffee Shops, Cafes, and Ice Cream. Great walk and fun area!

Thank laurabelle2003
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

The Historic district is nice to walkabout. There are many places to shop, dine and visit with historic ambiance. The buildings are very old, but renovated nicely. It kind of reminded us a little of Savannah, Georgia with the old architecture. It is a nice...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We had appetizers and a couple of drinks at this historic hotel and tavern. Would put the food at average, the service excellent.

Thank Dick T
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This town has done amazing at bringing all their history to life. The kids enjoyed strolling down the streets and reading all the historical signs throughout the town. We also walked the river path.

Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This is one of the most beautiful towns in Indiana. It is a historic Riverboat town. Care has been taken to preserve all of the Federal style homes in the downtown section of Madison. The riverfront is beautiful and while we were there the American...More

Thank Colleen R
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We took our kids looking for painted rocks. We wont be going again. There was an older couple sitting on a bench across the street from subway. My son was looking for rocks in the flower garden near the bench, the older gentleman asked my...More

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Merle M
19 August 2018|
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Response from Charlotte272 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I’m not sure. We were downtown on Monday, of Memorial Weekend. Shops were open then. Maybe if you google the stores.
26 September 2016|
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Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
You just missed it. It is the last weekend of September/Sat &Sun.
4 May 2016|
Response from Heather M | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if you can tour courthouse or not. We never asked. I took pictures of exterior. We were too busy enjoying other attractions.