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Henry Vilas Zoo

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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
+1 608-266-4732
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Wonderful free Zoo

A lovely stroll in all weather and for all ages! Free is lovely but you can donate to help keep... read more

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Sue K
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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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A free zoo open year round

I've visited this zoo since I came to Madison in 1975 for graduate work. Now I visit with my... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LoveTraveling29
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Middleton, Wisconsin
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Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park, features animals from around the world including African lions, South American alpacas and tortoises from the Galapagos Islands.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
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+1 608-266-4732
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Reviewed today via mobile

A lovely stroll in all weather and for all ages! Free is lovely but you can donate to help keep this Madison gem free! Highly Recommended!

Thank Sue K
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've visited this zoo since I came to Madison in 1975 for graduate work. Now I visit with my grandchildren. I am impressed by the changes made over the years to educate the public and improve the animal areas

Thank LoveTraveling29
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is very nice and doesn’t take all day to visit, but the best part is it’s FREE! Even though it’s not as large as Milwaukee zoo it’s still good size and carries a nice variety of animals to see. Highly recommend it if...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family really loved this zoo we are zoo people wasn't real big but we enjoyed ourselves and the best part was it was free !!!we were there early enough no need for paid parking enjoyed our time there before heading to th capital building...More

Thank Tammy- L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Henry Vilas Zoo has always been a free Zoo, "No Entrance Fee's" make it awesome for small and large family's. The Henry Vilas Zoo is updating exhibits all the time with many improvements over the years, my family goes there many times during the year....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun with my kids they had good time to roam around near Cool places morning walking around zoo good to go with kids

Thank KAUR C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decent zoo. It was free. Great way to spend a few hours. Wide variety of animals, for a small zoo that is. Fun polar bear exhibit.

Thank Susie D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing zoo, it is so easy and accessible with great views of the polar bears, giraffes, and flamingos and amazing that it's free entrace!!

Thank Paula W
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

This is the best free zoo in the state! I was a little disappointed when they took out the sea lions but I always enjoy my time here. Prime time to come is during a weekday. If you come on the weekend it will be...More

Thank Jacirae
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

I've paid more for lesser zoos. This place absolutely exceeded my expectations of what a "free" zoo experience should be. Henry Vilas is clean, modern, and the animals seemed to be well cared for. We were there on a weekend during spring break, and still...More

Thank Melanie S
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njgrochowski
20 October 2017|
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Response from Sara D | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 3 miles? Could be less. Much smaller than the Milwaukee zoo. My 5 year old was able to walk easily around the entire thing.
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angela20082011
5 August 2017|
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Response from Sarah O | Reviewed this property |
No elephants. The zoo is small but wonderful.
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teara1592
22 May 2017|
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Response from Kevin F | Reviewed this property |
Between 2 to 3 hours should be enough time.
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