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Guidebook for Madison

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Guidebook for Madison

Food Scene
Kavanaugh's is a traditional Wisconsin Supper Club. They have an excellent Fish Fry on Friday nights, which is a Wisconsin tradition.
Kavanaugh's | Esquire Club
1025 N Sherman Ave
Kavanaugh's is a traditional Wisconsin Supper Club. They have an excellent Fish Fry on Friday nights, which is a Wisconsin tradition.
This is a restaurant and bakery. Great for breakfast and lunch!
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Manna Cafe & Bakery
611 North Sherman Avenue
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This is a restaurant and bakery. Great for breakfast and lunch!
Excellent food! Carryout and delivery are available.
La Taguara
3502 E Washington Ave
Excellent food! Carryout and delivery are available.
Great Mexican food and reasonably priced and located nearby. HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday: 11am – 9pm, Monday: 11am – 10pm, Tuesday: 11am – 11pm, Wednesday: 11am – 10pm, Thursday: 11am – 11pm, Friday: 11am – 11pm, Saturday: 11am – 11pm Bar is open 11am – close every day! Bar closes at midnight on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
Pedro's Mexican Restaurante
3555 E Washington Ave
Great Mexican food and reasonably priced and located nearby. HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday: 11am – 9pm, Monday: 11am – 10pm, Tuesday: 11am – 11pm, Wednesday: 11am – 10pm, Thursday: 11am – 11pm, Friday: 11am – 11pm, Saturday: 11am – 11pm Bar is open 11am – close every day! Bar closes at midnight on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
Good italian food, and close by.
Benvenuto's Italian Grill
1849 Northport Dr
Good italian food, and close by.
Good italian food. Family owned.
Cafe la Bellitalia
1026 N Sherman Ave
Good italian food. Family owned.
Located in Bridges Golf Course Club. Within walking distance. We love their Friday night fish fry!
Plata's Restaurant
2702 Shopko Dr
Located in Bridges Golf Course Club. Within walking distance. We love their Friday night fish fry!
Has good coffee (it's True Coffee Roasters coffee) and delicious sweet treats. Nice way to break up a day of shopping or sight-seeing or grab a quick brunch. HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 9pm, Kitchen Closes at 8pm
Cool Beans Coffee Cafe
1748 Eagan Rd
Has good coffee (it's True Coffee Roasters coffee) and delicious sweet treats. Nice way to break up a day of shopping or sight-seeing or grab a quick brunch. HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 9pm, Kitchen Closes at 8pm
They advertise Chinese, sushi, and Seafood. The Chinese buffet is pretty good, but the sushi on a budget is what keeps us coming back! Business Hours: Lunch Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Journey
4325 Lien Rd
They advertise Chinese, sushi, and Seafood. The Chinese buffet is pretty good, but the sushi on a budget is what keeps us coming back! Business Hours: Lunch Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
If you love authentic home-cooked Korean food, you want to check this place out. Make sure you try the Bibimbap served in the stone bowl. Stir the soft-cooked egg in quickly, then give a stir between bites so the rice doesn't stick to the bottom. It's an experience everyone should try at least once in their life. Restaurant Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am - 2:15 pm and 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm, Friday- Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:15 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm, Sunday- closed
New Seoul Restaurant
721 North High Point Road
If you love authentic home-cooked Korean food, you want to check this place out. Make sure you try the Bibimbap served in the stone bowl. Stir the soft-cooked egg in quickly, then give a stir between bites so the rice doesn't stick to the bottom. It's an experience everyone should try at least once in their life. Restaurant Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am - 2:15 pm and 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm, Friday- Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:15 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm, Sunday- closed
Great place to go for ice cream that is made right on campus. If it's lunch time, get a toasted cheese sandwich to go with, or just buy some cheese to take with you. This is Wisconsin, after all! HOURS Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Babcock Hall Dairy Store
1605 Linden Drive
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Great place to go for ice cream that is made right on campus. If it's lunch time, get a toasted cheese sandwich to go with, or just buy some cheese to take with you. This is Wisconsin, after all! HOURS Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Eclectic decor and delicious food! Friendly to the gluten-free.
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Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery
2827 Atwood Avenue
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Eclectic decor and delicious food! Friendly to the gluten-free.
The food is excellent! Friendly to the gluten-free.
Good Food - Low Carb Cafe
4674 Cottage Grove Rd
The food is excellent! Friendly to the gluten-free.
The Old Fashioned was named the #1 place in Wisconsin to get deep-fried cheese curds by USA Today's Top 10 Readers Choice awards for 2019. We agree and highly recommend them as part of the Wisconsin Experience. Don't miss it if you come to Madison! They also offer a great combination of bar and comfort food.
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The Old Fashioned
23 North Pinckney Street
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The Old Fashioned was named the #1 place in Wisconsin to get deep-fried cheese curds by USA Today's Top 10 Readers Choice awards for 2019. We agree and highly recommend them as part of the Wisconsin Experience. Don't miss it if you come to Madison! They also offer a great combination of bar and comfort food.
Sightseeing
Great place to go and see lots of plants in a natural setting. Economical and fun! Bolz Conservatory Hours (Olbrich's Indoor Tropical Garden) Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person (free for children under age 5) See the website for more details. http://www.olbrich.org/
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
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Great place to go and see lots of plants in a natural setting. Economical and fun! Bolz Conservatory Hours (Olbrich's Indoor Tropical Garden) Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person (free for children under age 5) See the website for more details. http://www.olbrich.org/
It's one of the most beautiful state capitols in existence. The tour takes about 1.5 hours, and is well worth the time.
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Wisconsin State Capitol
2 East Main Street
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It's one of the most beautiful state capitols in existence. The tour takes about 1.5 hours, and is well worth the time.
It's always fun to see the animals, and it's free! Takes about 3 hours to go through. Open 9:30 - 5:00 Daily except some holidays.
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Henry Vilas Zoo
702 South Randall Avenue
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It's always fun to see the animals, and it's free! Takes about 3 hours to go through. Open 9:30 - 5:00 Daily except some holidays.
Beautiful small garden maintained on UW-Madison campus. Great way to spend a relaxing hour or two.
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Allen Centennial Garden
620 Babcock Drive
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Beautiful small garden maintained on UW-Madison campus. Great way to spend a relaxing hour or two.
The Botany Department has a small garden that is a delightful place of peaceful repose. Make sure you check out the apple tree that was started from a graft of Sir Isaac Newton's famous tree. Takes a quick 15 minutes, or a leisurely 30-45 minutes to walk through.
Department of Botany
430 Lincoln Dr
The Botany Department has a small garden that is a delightful place of peaceful repose. Make sure you check out the apple tree that was started from a graft of Sir Isaac Newton's famous tree. Takes a quick 15 minutes, or a leisurely 30-45 minutes to walk through.
Fun place to go to tour a natural cave. Good place to visit just to say you've been there.
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Cave of the Mounds
2975 Cave of the Mounds Road
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Fun place to go to tour a natural cave. Good place to visit just to say you've been there.
Enjoyable street to walk down and check out all the small shops along the way. End up at Memorial Union in the summer and enjoy an ice cream cone made from Babcock ice cream or a cold brew.
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State Street
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Enjoyable street to walk down and check out all the small shops along the way. End up at Memorial Union in the summer and enjoy an ice cream cone made from Babcock ice cream or a cold brew.
If nothing interesting is happening inside the Convention Center, it's at least worth walking to, seeing the cool statuary, and looking out over Lake Monona.
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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
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If nothing interesting is happening inside the Convention Center, it's at least worth walking to, seeing the cool statuary, and looking out over Lake Monona.
Parks & Nature
It's a beautiful natural area. Takes about 2 hours to hike the trails.
Cherokee Marsh - South
5002 School Road
It's a beautiful natural area. Takes about 2 hours to hike the trails.
It's close by and the hiking trails are not too difficult.
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Governor Nelson State Park
5140 County Highway M
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It's close by and the hiking trails are not too difficult.
Lovely hiking trails for a short hike.
Governors Island
Lovely hiking trails for a short hike.
Small nature center located in Monona - 15 minute drive from Happy Apple Retreat.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Dr
Small nature center located in Monona - 15 minute drive from Happy Apple Retreat.
Great place for hiking! We took our kids there often when they were growing up, and they still love going there as adults. Make sure you take the path that goes through Devils door. Also, a good place for swimming in the summer, the lake stays cool for most of the summer, so good place to cool off.
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Devil's Lake State Park
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Great place for hiking! We took our kids there often when they were growing up, and they still love going there as adults. Make sure you take the path that goes through Devils door. Also, a good place for swimming in the summer, the lake stays cool for most of the summer, so good place to cool off.
Another fun place to go for hiking and swimming. Good place to go for just a day or for camping.
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Blue Mound State Park
4350 Mounds Park Road
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Another fun place to go for hiking and swimming. Good place to go for just a day or for camping.
Arts & Culture
It shows quite a bit of the history of Wisconsin's involvement in various wars, including the changes in battle dress.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
30 West Mifflin Street
It shows quite a bit of the history of Wisconsin's involvement in various wars, including the changes in battle dress.
A great small museum with lots of information about Wisconsin history. The lower level has exhibits that change at regular intervals.
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Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 North Carroll Street
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A great small museum with lots of information about Wisconsin history. The lower level has exhibits that change at regular intervals.
The Art museum associated with the University of WI - Madison. Not a huge place, but a good way to spend a couple of hours.
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Avenue
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The Art museum associated with the University of WI - Madison. Not a huge place, but a good way to spend a couple of hours.
Fun way to spend a Wednesday evening in the summer. Located right on the Capitol Square. Take a picnic or order food from one of the vendors and bring an blanket or chairs to sit on.
Concerts on the Square
Fun way to spend a Wednesday evening in the summer. Located right on the Capitol Square. Take a picnic or order food from one of the vendors and bring an blanket or chairs to sit on.
Essentials
It's close by and carries the essentials, along with excellent produce, meat, a salad bar and pre-made meals.
Pick 'n Save
2502 Shopko Drive
It's close by and carries the essentials, along with excellent produce, meat, a salad bar and pre-made meals.
Excellent choice if organic is your preference. Also carries some conventional foods. They have a hot food bar and a salad bar so easy way to pick up a meal.
Willy Street Co-op—North
2817 N Sherman Ave
Excellent choice if organic is your preference. Also carries some conventional foods. They have a hot food bar and a salad bar so easy way to pick up a meal.
Has a good selection of groceries at economical prices. Also, now carries some organic choices.
ALDI
3925 Lien Rd
Has a good selection of groceries at economical prices. Also, now carries some organic choices.
Great place close by for a haircut or treatment.
Duwayne's Salon
2114 N Sherman Ave
Great place close by for a haircut or treatment.
If you need a massage, this is a great place to go for one. Price is comparable to most massage places, and close by.
Massage East
2114 N Sherman Ave
If you need a massage, this is a great place to go for one. Price is comparable to most massage places, and close by.
Shopping
Fun place to go and browse. If you like to read, you're sure to find a book or two to add to your collection.
Half Price Books
4250 E Towne Blvd
Fun place to go and browse. If you like to read, you're sure to find a book or two to add to your collection.
Great place if you like to thrift shop or look for collectibles,
St. Vincent De Paul Store
1309 Williamson Street
Great place if you like to thrift shop or look for collectibles,
A great place for thrift shopping (furniture, tchotchkes, clothes and more) and collectibles. STORE HOURS Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9 am - 4 pm, Sunday Closed
Boomerangs Resale Store
1133 N Sherman Ave
A great place for thrift shopping (furniture, tchotchkes, clothes and more) and collectibles. STORE HOURS Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9 am - 4 pm, Sunday Closed
Going to the Dane County Farmers Market on a Saturday morning is an experience not to be missed. It's also a good time to pick up breakfast and a few vegetables to get through the week.
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Dane County Farmers' Market
1 John Nolen Drive
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Going to the Dane County Farmers Market on a Saturday morning is an experience not to be missed. It's also a good time to pick up breakfast and a few vegetables to get through the week.
Great place for hiking and outdoor sports equipment, clothing, and don't forget the fudge! It's the best you can get. Kids love to look at the aquarium, and the deli offers interesting options for lunch if you are so inclined.
Cabela's
1350 Cabela Dr
Great place for hiking and outdoor sports equipment, clothing, and don't forget the fudge! It's the best you can get. Kids love to look at the aquarium, and the deli offers interesting options for lunch if you are so inclined.
Good place to pick up cold weather gear if needed.
Blain's Farm & Fleet
2202 S Stoughton Rd
Good place to pick up cold weather gear if needed.
Love this place! It's a "new" used book store in Madison. They have an amazing selection of used books, and for every book sold, they donate one to the schools. Nice way to get my reading choices and support a good cause!
The Book Deal
319 West Beltline Highway
Love this place! It's a "new" used book store in Madison. They have an amazing selection of used books, and for every book sold, they donate one to the schools. Nice way to get my reading choices and support a good cause!
Getting Around
If having your own transportation is important to you, Enterprise is usually a good deal.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1864 E Washington Ave
If having your own transportation is important to you, Enterprise is usually a good deal.
Madison Metro is the local public bus service, and services most areas of Madison. Single fares are $2.00. One day pass is $5.00, and a ten ride pass is $17.25.
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Madison Metro Transit System
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Madison Metro is the local public bus service, and services most areas of Madison. Single fares are $2.00. One day pass is $5.00, and a ten ride pass is $17.25.