Memorial Union Terrace
Built in 1926 to provide a "living room for the campus," the Memorial Union was predominantly funded by private donations. The year following its October 5, 1928 opening, it was the busiest college union in the country. It still thrives today as the social and leisure center of campus.
Memorial union, located directly on Lake Mendota. Live music, great sunsets, famous terrace chairs and outdoor seating. Beer, burgers, corn and brats served outside, many more food choices and ice cream inside.
Enjoy the view with a beer or some Babcock ice cream from the student union! Overlooks Lake Mendota.
Grab a pitcher, enjoy live music, swim, enjoy a sunset at this beautiful lakeside student union.
Beautiful views, live music, food & local ice cream. We enjoy going here as a date or taking our family to get out for fresh air. Sunsets are breath-taking. Parking ramp near so you don't have to park randomly & forget where you are.
Home to the Rathskellar, it's the only union at a public university in the U.S. to serve alcohol. In summer on the massive patio overlooking the lake, find free films, concerts and other events.
Great place to sit by the lake, they offer food, alcoholic drinks, and home-made ice cream! Lots of free concerts here in the summer.
Excellent hang out spot. Enjoy the view of the lake or a concert or cheap local beer. This is the heart of Madison on a warm summer day. Get a table. The stay will be long and enjoyable.
The student union is not just for students. They have a variety of food options. They have live music on the weekends, free movies on Monday night on the lake. It offers a great view of Lake Mendota. It's a go to must to get a badger vibe.
A great place to unwind and enjoy a sunset or views of the lake in the iconic union chairs. Several choices of food, great lake views, and locally made ice cream make this one of our favorite spots in Madison.
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