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This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin, buzzes with activity day and night. Offering lake access, amazing views, several museums and theaters, more than 140 restaurants including a...more
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Reviewed yesterday

Lots to see and do, or just walk around. Many fine restaurants and bars- all different styles. Never saw it get rowdy or out of control. Bike friendly.

Thank MMouseMD
Reviewed 2 days ago

State Street has always been one of our favorite destinations in Madison. Over the years, it has changed -- becoming a bit more upscale in terms of shops and restaurants -- but it has managed to maintain its essence as a quirky interesting place to...More

Thank Sssshhhhhhh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love to go to State St when we visit Madison. We just took our 12 and 11 year old boys to a football game and they saw and heard things that shocked them. It's all part of the experience but just be prepared especially...More

Thank CheeseheadPackersfan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I entered state street from the UW campus end which begins with a series of food carts that seem interesting and smell great, but there is a person who is hawking about the ice cream experience and yelling so that i could still hear it...More

Thank lattejr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream store has been tucked away on State Street since 1962. It’s one of those places that simply call out for you to return whenever you’re in the area. The homemade ice cream is fabulous, you just need to savor and...More

Thank Cosmopolitan445898
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

State Street changes every time I walk down it. Most the staples are still there. Food for everyone. The choices of ethnic foods are endless. Just want a great burger or a wrap? You have endless choices for those too. Shopping from as American as...More

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A trip to State Street and Downtown is always a must when visiting Madison. Lots of shops and restaurants to visit. While you might see some "characters", we felt safe walking around in the early evening at least.

Thank norskies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

State Street is a happening place with a lot going on. I would say the only negative are the people constantly asking you for money. This takes away from the charm of the town. Food trucks are wonderful!

Thank MaryEllenBertkau
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Definitely a great spot to visit in Madison. Vast majority of well known spots in Madison are here. Should try the Old Fashioned.

Thank IndigoIce8
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

In my opinion you haven’t really been to Madison if you haven’t visited State Street at least once. It’s a fun Street to walk around on and stop into various shops and/or restaurants or cafes. There are chocolate shops, ice cream shops, coffee shops, dress...More

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Linda G
1 June 2017|
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Response from Kathy F | Reviewed this property |
About 15 to 20 minutes. Worth it. May find places to check in between? We liked eating outside at the terrace there.
Lukas M
16 March 2015|
Response from interceptpubs | Reviewed this property |
yes, a lot of them do, except the fish, snakes, and other legless varieties. if you're asking if you see people walking animals (dogs, etc.) on state street, then yes, but on leashes (the animals that is).