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Must-see places in Madison if you only have a few hours

by madmax on August 24 2009

Author Description: "Here are a few places to go in Madison if you want to pack the essence of Madison into a few hours. Please note: Most of these places are best visited in the summer months."

1. Capitol Building The tallest building in Madison (by local law) and the third capitol building since Wisconsin's statehood in 1848.
Author Comment: "Of course, the centerpiece of the downtown area is a must. Many people haven't seen capitol buildings quite as impressive as ours."
2. Observation Deck The Observation Deck refers to the balcony near the top of the dome of the capitol building. It goes all the way around ...
Author Comment: "While you're at the capitol you might as well make your way up to the Observation Deck to get a great view of the city."
3. Dane County Farmer's Market The Dane County Farmer's Market is a larger producer only farmer's market. That means the people at the market actually ...
Author Comment: "Of course, timing will be an issue with this one, but I recommend taking visitors to the capitol when something neat is going on if you get the chance."
4. Monona Terrace A terrace rooftop and a convention center inside. Great views of Lake Monona abound at this Frank Lloyd Wright creation....
Author Comment: "You don't quite know what Madison is about until you see the view from the Monona Terrace. Madison is an isthmus, and experiencing the lakes first-hand is the best way to realize that."
5. State Street The street running from University Mall to the State Capitol building. Considered the heart of downtown Madison and camp...
Author Comment: "Next on the tour, take your friends down State Street to see the neat little shops and restaurants...not to mention some of the interesting street characters that call State Street home."
6. MMoCA Pronounced "mə-'mō-kə", this is local-speak for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is part of the Overtu...
Author Comment: "While you're on State Street, you might as well take a quick look at the Overture Center and its Museum of Contemporary Art."
7. Memorial Union Terrace This is the main student union on the UW-Madison campus. It has a theater that shows movies to students at budget prices...
Author Comment: "No tour of the isthmus is complete until you take visitors to the "other" Terrace. At this point you might want to let your guests rest a bit and take in the view."
8. Wingra Boats The popular name for Wingra Canoe and Sailing Center. Wingra Boats has a fleet of over 100 boats and can host a variety ...
Author Comment: "If you have time left after your downtown tour, you can cap off the visit with a trip to Wingra Boats. It's really a beautiful, peaceful spot. Taking a spin in a canoe or kayak would be a great way to experience the natural beauty away from the big fuss going on downtown."
9. Old Fashioned, The Great place to go for haystack onions or an incredible burger with a fried egg on it!!! The best Old Fashioneds around! ...
Author Comment: "As an unhealthy alternative to canoeing, you can spend the rest of your time at The Old Fashioned, which offers some great Wisconsin cuisine. I always take visitors here to indulge in the cheese curds. They give Wisconsin a good name."
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