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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
Madison, Wisconsin
Best free zoo I have ever visited.

The staff was phenomenal and the wildlife seemed happy and well treated. Be sure to stop here with... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“skating rink”(2 reviews)
“free zoo”(7 reviews)
Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.
702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1600
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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

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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 Sara M
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
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped in on a sunny winter day. There were a lot of skaters in the ice rinks. They have a large skating rink, several hockey rinks and one for speed skating. There are also walking/running trails. And a beach that is open in summer.

Thank AndyB5542
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