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Henry Vilas Zoo

#3 of 100 things to do in Madison Features Animals
702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
+1 608-266-4732
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Great zoo and you can't beat free

Great place for a day trip. Suggested donation of $2. Go early and see it all. Went early this past... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Streamwood, Illinois
via mobile
Always a good time

We love going to this zoo...not only is it free to attend however the grounds are awesome and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kim S
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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
+1 608-266-4732
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place for a day trip. Suggested donation of $2. Go early and see it all. Went early this past Sunday was able to see the animals being feed,the camels being groomed etc. Was a little concerned about the brown bear he seemed somewhat on...More

Thank sunshine36746
Reviewed 3 days ago

We love going to this zoo...not only is it free to attend however the grounds are awesome and the people are knowledgeable. It is a great place for families as well as adults.

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the zoo on a Thursday morning and were happy to see that the zoo wasn't too terribly crowded yet. Our son was able to get very close to the exhibits and the majority of the animals were easy to see/close to the edge...More

Thank annEmac18
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well worth the price (FREE!!). Many animals just laying around due to the 80 degree heat and humidity!

Thank Zhgma
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent a couple hours walking around the zoo. There is no admission price which is a huge plus. We enjoyed seeing the lions, polar bear, grizzly bear, snakes, turtles, and giraffes. The enclosures are very appropriate for the animals. The zoo is clean and...More

Thank Layne S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Love, love, love the Henry Vilas Zoo. For a "free" zoo, the variety of animals to see is fantastic! (I've paid to visit other zoos which don't offer as much!) Check out the polar bear exhibit for sure! The zoo is the perfect size to...More

Thank Carolynroadtrips
Reviewed 6 days ago

we were surprised to find out that this lovely gem is actually free. parking is a pain during the day with the zoo and adjoining park but worth the walk from some where in the neighborhood. a donation is suggested but by the time you...More

Thank hollytp1963
Reviewed 6 days ago

The new polar bear exhibit is absolutely incredible and this is a wonderful spot to take children. This is a must for whenever the grand children visit and it is totally FREE!!!

Thank rockydogz1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was an awesome experience. I met another family at the zoo and we had two 12-year-olds, a 10-year-old and a six-year-old. They all loved this zoo. Did I mention it's free? And to top it off it's not very pricey to have lunch there...More

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were impressed with this free zoo complete with free parking! Lots of great animals- some that you won't see in very many other zoos. Great play area in children's zoo area. There is a fee for train and carousel. There was a beach across...More

Thank candicef14
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Questions & Answers
22 May 2017|
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Response from Kevin F | Reviewed this property |
Between 2 to 3 hours should be enough time.
mitzi 1
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
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