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Memorial Union Terrace and Lakeshore Path

Memorial Union Terrace and Lakeshore Path

Courtesy UW-Madison Communications

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Memorial Union Terrace and Lakeshore Path

800 Langdon St.



Hours:  Memorial Union Brat Stand Hours: Summer & Fall: M-Th. 3-11 p.m., F 3 p.m.-midnight, Sa. 11 a.m.-midnight, Su. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Price:  Free admission

Type:  Concerts, Monuments & Historic Sites, Nature Centers & Zoos

The Terrace, as it is known by locals and college students who treasure it as their outdoor recreation room, is situated on the shores of Lake Mendota. It’s a picture-perfect postcard location to relax on one of the brightly colored starburst chairs and watch sailboats and canoes go by, or rent and try one out firsthand. Grab a cold beer and a grilled bratwurst from the outdoor refreshment stand or take the time to wait in line for a scoop of ice cream made at the on-campus Babcock Dairy Plant. In the summer, there is live music five nights a week. Walk west along the shore to pick up the start of the Lakeshore Path, which winds along the campus and a nature preserve. It’s about a five-mile round trip from the Terrace to Picnic Point, a mile-long peninsula that has long been a hot spot for marriage proposals. The San Francisco Examiner once named it one of the 10 best places to kiss in the world.

Memorial Union Terrace and Lakeshore Path
800 Langdon St.

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