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Old 01-31-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: the dairyland
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Hey friends!
I am going to visit a few friends in Madison in a couple of weeks. Needless to say that it is going to be awfully cold out. My friends goes to school there so I will have to kill some time by myself so I was wondering if you guys have any recommendations on what to do in mid-February? I am pretty much clueless about Madison's attractions.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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What do you like to do?
Visiting Milwaukee might be a better option for finding things to do.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: the dairyland
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I like nice coffee shops, watching people, enjoying a city's atmosphere, book stores, museums.. just the usual touristy stuff. Surely my friend has some things in mind but when he is at school I need to kill time by myself.
Going to Milwaukee before coming to Madison so that is not an option.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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State Street.
Also the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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There is nothing really to do here in winter time accept go out to movies or to eat. Right now we have about 18" snow so if you want to be out and about in the street you need to bundle up and usually that is no fun like I say, I'd just rather stay home. Indoor water parks are fun but you need to go with your friends and stay there for a few days. There are planty of them in wisconsin dells area and even some hotels in madison.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Downtown Middleton
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State Street is great for people watching. There are museums at both ends of the street. Also you can try our art museum on campus Chazen Museum of Art (http://www.chazen.wisc.edu/home.htm - broken link) and the contemporary art museum MMoCA. If it's a little warmer and you want to take a walk and do some people watching take a walk around Lake Monona there is a trail that goes around the lake.
Make sure you go inside the Capitol (you can take a tour) it's a pretty amazing building.
There are many live music venues around the square and some really good restaurants.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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When are you coming? We might be able to check out the Isthmus listings for you and recommend some things to do. I'm assuming you will only have a couple of hours on your own each day so field trips to the surrounding area are probably out, correct?
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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If you're here on a Tuesday--go to Gomeroke at the High Noon Saloon--that's usually a fair bet at a good time. There's also live music there every night, depending on what you like, or places like The Frequency, etc., also hold bands pretty much every night.

Rent some cross country skis and hit up a local trail/park. Devil's Lake is great this time of year.
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