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A Family Trip to Madison, Wisconsin

Buff Strickland Madison's giant farmers' market

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It's been ranked as one of the brainiest cities in America—and one of the greenest, most literate, and most athletic. It also serves the best bratwursts this side of Bavaria. Rising out of the cornfields and cow pastures, Madison—a.k.a. Madtown—leavens the highbrow with the down-home.

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Destinations: Madison · Wisconsin Dells

Hotels (4)

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    Canterbury Inn

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    Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort

    With indoor-outdoor waterparks, golf, dining, and a spa to unwind in, this resort has it all in one facility—including groceries.

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    Mansion Hill Inn

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    Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

    This hotel has a pool and views of Lake Nonona—not to be confused with Lake Mendota, just across the isthmus.

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Restaurants (4)

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    Ella's Deli & Ice Cream Parlor

    Stop at this old-fashioned shop, where families share overstuffed Reubens, fried pickles, and hot-fudge sundaes with grilled pound cake.

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    Babcock Hall Dairy Store

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    Chautara

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    State Street Brats

    Hit State Street Brats for a taste of the famed local bratwurst.

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Activities (8)

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    Avol's Books

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    Dane County Farmers' Market

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    Camp Randall Stadium

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    Kalahari Waterpark Resort

    Grab your suits and hit one of America’s largest indoor waterparks, the 125,000-square-foot park at Kalahari Resorts.

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    University of Wisconson Arboretum

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    Twee & Luliloo

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    Ragstock

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    Overture Center

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  • Green Travel in Madison, Wisconsin

    Madison

    Madison has embraced the green movement with sustainably tended botanical gardens, locavore restaurants, and eco-friendly hotels.

  • The Water-Park Wonderland of the Wisconsin Dells

    Wisconsin Dells

    The Wisconsin Dells, with 18 of our nation’s 71 indoor water-park resorts, is the Waterpark Capital of the World, a title the local Visitor & Convention Bureau felt compelled to trademark.

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