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Vilas Park is located on the southern edge of the University of Wisconsin campus and is also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
0221Serendipity
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Madison, Wisconsin
Nice place to spend a little time

On the boardwalk you can collect jewel weed (touch-me-not) which cures bug bites and poison ivy... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
billfeeny
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.
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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1600
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Thanks the the Vilas family trust, the zoo and Park cannot charge admission. Lunch isn't free, but the animals are. Vilas Park has had some great managers who made the Park a great place for families. A free zoo, a play area, the beach and...More

2  Thank MarkHazelbaker
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 26 January 2015

A great park for walks and quiet weekends. The arboretum and the zoo nearby offers alternatives if you get bored. The lake has some nice, scenic views. If you want a break form the city; make sure to make it to this beautiful park for...More

1  Thank Seda E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Vilas Park is located on the southern edge of the University of Wisconsin campus and is also adjacent to the Henry Vilas Zoo. It's popular with joggers, walkers and mom's with strollers because of it's beauty. The perfect park to go for a peaceful and...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2018

On the boardwalk you can collect jewel weed (touch-me-not) which cures bug bites and poison ivy almost instantly.

Thank billfeeny
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

The staff was phenomenal and the wildlife seemed happy and well treated. Be sure to stop here with your kids for a great afternoon.

Thank mcmwhaley
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Not too big that the walkis long, and the animals are up close. free zoo and decent food. come a little early to find parking.

Thank donoel
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is a pleasant part that includes the city zoo, a small beach for Lake Wingra that is next to the university arboretum. There are picnic facilities, soccer fields, and trails. In winter, ice skating and hockey are offered. Parking is limited but rarely a...More

1  Thank _wlneuman
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Villas is a nice park offering a beach, play structures, picnic areas, open areas, and nice vistas. It is popular and the free parking fills early on weekends and in the summer. It can be over run with geese and ducks, please don't feed them.

Thank LoveTraveling29
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This park is great! Its large with a skating rink, next to the free zoo and has a little beach. Its very family friendly and beautiful!

Thank L1717HYsaram
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful park and my daughter loved the playground! It was even better since we visited when the food trucks were there!!

Thank jgruber86
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We had to kill some time before the zoo opened. The playground is great and perfect for all ages. They have bridges that you can watch the wildlife and the water.

Thank Yvonne D
Reviewed 14 March 2017

There's lots to see and do! Close to a lake! Any season too. A definite destination to go to. Great for pictures and parties! Graduation parties or birthday parties or reunions!!!

Thank 13family13
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