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Henry Vilas Zoo

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Address: 702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
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+1 608-266-4732
Today
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park,...

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.

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Great zoo for youngsters!

The Madison Zoo is ideal for families with young children. It is small enough that kids can walk on their own without needing a stroller all the time but still has a variety of... read more

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Madison Zoo is ideal for families with young children. It is small enough that kids can walk on their own without needing a stroller all the time but still has a variety of animals. Other things that make this zoo great for children are that it has a playground, goats to feed and inexpensive rides for when you need... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really nice zoo for a town the size of Madison. Have been going to this zoo for years and it only gets better. Constant improvements every year--bigger enclosures, more room for the animals. It's a free zoo, but I encourage you to make a donation so they can keep getting better.

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Thank TeresaM1968
Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

All zoos are terrible and animals should not be locked up like this. It may seem like a fun activity for kids but I highly suggest finding something else to do with your time. There are plenty of other fun and kid friendly activities in the area. I suggest the children's museum or just walking around downtown Madison. Zoos are... More 

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Thank Blythe1026
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great zoo, animals token care of well. Good environment. It is free to get into the zoo, but lots for sale. I recommend spending the small change to ride the carousel! So eat first and try and go on a non peak time, as parking gets filled fast. Also more enjoyable if your not into crowded place on off times.... More 

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Thank samuelkali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great free zoo, you will probably only spend 1/2 a day here so plan accordingly. Take snacks if you want to avoid the typical snack bar food (chips, ice cream, etc.)

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Thank Heather H
Stoughton, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the few zoos in the country that doesn't charge for parking or admission. It's supported by a trust fund and the generosity of benefactors. It's well maintained and cutting edge on how it cares for it's animals. Habitats are creative and fun, animals are healthy and seemingly very happy. Awesome park cohabits the space.

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Thank Cindy N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful small, easily walkable zoo. My parents from TX always wanted to bring the grandkids when they were here for a visit. And they keep getting better and better with more modern exhibits and animal sanctuaries. Worth the 45 minute drive each and every time!

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Thank LASS2000
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great family activity, which was free! We needed to get the kids out of the house and moving. Even in the winter, there are a lot of things to see!

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Pekin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a cold day but still enjoyed the indoor areas. This is a great free zoo. I think this is a real gem and worth a stop.

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Thank sam61554
Nekoosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best zoos I have been at. This is a free zoo and it is comparable to the Milwaukee zoo. It is not as huge but it is just as amazing! There is a wonderful selection of of animals.

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