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“A great example of what small towns should be like”
Review of Historic District

Historic District
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The area along First, Second and Third Streets is home to many of the town's restored pre-Civil War houses.
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Great shops and restaurants and really good people watching. It's like going back in time as it is exactly like most small towns use to be like.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Suzanne S
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

Perhaps it is historic, but the buildings weren't anything to awe at, the surrounding neighborhood is like feral housing, and it just didn't have the charm that I thought it would. We like to take road trips from Chicago to small towns and had this one on our list for quite a while. Maybe it was just an "off" day, but there wasn't a feel-good vibe there. Most of the people wandering around looked pretty miserable. We will stick to going north and west when we want to see a small town. Madison could learn a thing or two from Galena, IL and Cedarburg, WI.

The only good quality was the riverfront, but even that was pretty scarce besides a nice pathway and a pretty view.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Melissa Z
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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

I remember it was a year or so ago that I noticed a number of vacant storefronts in the downtown area. This was exceedingly disappointing as I have always loved this small town. Today there seems to be more vibrancy and some newer businesses downtown. This is very encouraging not only for visitors like me but for the welfare of the community. I have always enjoyed the quaint architecture of the area and hope to take one of their monthly architectural tours that they offer on the third Saturdays of the month during the warmer seasons. I can think of very few small towns that I enjoy as much as Madison.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jgbtravels
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

Madison has so much history and you can spend a full day browsing the historic district. They have a trolley, golf carts, coffee shops, amazing food, and in the summer there is no lack of activities . Concerts on the river, Fireworks, & The Madison Regatta just to name a few.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jennifermcmahan
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

How can you not like the downtown area. Nice shops, taverns and restaurants. The archectiture is wonderful. A throwback in time. Kudos to the city for the preservation. Long live Madison!!!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MrSimpleMan47150
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