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Henry Vilas Zoo

#3 of 97 things to do in Madison Features Animals
702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
+1 608-266-4732
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For free what do you expect?!!

Just went...signage is terrible...some are in Spanish only and some are missing entirely. Many... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Casey Y
Des Moines
via mobile
Awesome free zoo

Madison offers an amazing free zoo that is constantly updating and adding new displays all the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Christi D
Madison, Wisconsin
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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
+1 608-266-4732
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just went...signage is terrible...some are in Spanish only and some are missing entirely. Many animals were not around but there was a good selection. Managed to see both the tiger and lion. Saw some animals I'd never seen before. The polar bear was cool. The...More

Thank Casey Y
Reviewed 2 days ago

Madison offers an amazing free zoo that is constantly updating and adding new displays all the time. They have a great play area for children and they now offer a snack bar/ restaurant that is surprisingly very reasonable. They even have sitting inside so that...More

Thank Christi D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Want to celebrate feeling good, or feel better if you are blue? Perhaps you'd like a day out with your children or an afternoon out with a friend, or significant other. The Henry Vilas Zoo is perfect, and as an extra treat it is free!...More

Thank dianaspalette
Reviewed 6 days ago

First you can not beat the price, but is a great place for a family outing. There is a nice variety of animals, it is well laid out, and it is clear the animals are well cared for and loved.

Thank AJLIllinois
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Henry Vilas Zoo does not charge for entry. Each year they upgrade several animal venues and when possible add animals. It is a great medium sized zoo and treasured by the citizen of greater Madison.

Thank dgseyfarth
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not a very big zoo, but it is free and a nice place to have the kids run around for the afternoon. Like all zoos, the souvenirs and food are expensive. Also nice that it is right next to a lake that offers paddle boats...More

Thank Krista B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The zoo was very clear and the animals were well kept. It was easy to get around. We enjoyed seeing the "King of the Jungle" in all his glory, which included some loud roars. The polar bear was also very active, but the Prairie Dogs...More

Thank Ed B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a free zoo it has a lot of great animals to view. This zoo is extremely clean and have great food too in the cafe.

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing! My kids loved it, even my 15 year old was impressed. It is set up so nice. Love the polar bear exhibit!

Thank Melanie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a small public zoo with free admission. You can tell the staff really cares for the animals. They have a wonderful kids area with carousel, train rides and playground area and some awesome exhibits - lions, tigers, monkeys, polar bears, giraffes, alpacas, flamingos and...More

Thank ricvagirl
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
About how long does it take to go through the zoo and see everything?
22 May 2017|
Response from Monte98 | Reviewed this property |
When we went a couple exhibits were closed but I'd say 3 hours should do it.
mitzi 1
Do you have electric chairs to rent for handicap?
29 June 2016|
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Response from JesseWhite | Reviewed this property |
No electric chairs, but there are wheelchairs available at the gift shop on the Drake St main gate.
Chris S
Hi. Can we picnic outside of the zoo for a graduation celebration and about 20 people present? Do we need a permit? Is there a grill available? Thank you. Chris S
6 May 2016|
Response from Russel R | Reviewed this property |
Hope this not too late. Information from their website: Party at the Zoo! The Henry Vilas Zoo serves as a unique venue for people of all ages to enjoy the beautiful and WILD atmosphere. For more information and to reserve... More