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“Great smaller sized zoo.”
Review of Vilas Park

Vilas Park
Ranked #38 of 109 things to do in Madison
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Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.
Reviewed 25 May 2016

A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. In addition to the animal attractions, there is a Carousel, an area for kids to play, an educational raptor building, and tons of green space for frisbee, a picnic or just to hang out and read.

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Reviewed 30 April 2016

We took some good friends here to ice skate. The ice ws pretty soft due to the warm weather, but we still managed to have a lot of fun. We passed the puck around and took lots of pictures. Warming house is nice.

Thank Maggie L
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Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

Whether you crave swimming, boating, fishing sunbathing or biking, Vilas Park has you covered. Winter is still worthy of a visit, with skating on tap. The adjacent Vilas Zoo is wonderful, and free too.

2  Thank Steve F
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

Oh my, one of the nicest parks in the state, if not country! First it has a FREE zoo, a beach, running/walking paths, fishing on the lake, picnic areas, playgrounds for kids, tons of grassy fields and walking paths all over the place. Whether it's winter, spring, fall or summer, there is always someone in this park--fishing, running, walking, skating etc.

2  Thank Ann K
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

Pair this free park and arboretum with the zoo across the lake for a fine morning or afternoon. You can drive in but not through from either end. On rare occasions the gate between the 2 sides is open to automobile traffic, otherwise you have to backtrack, except bicycles and foot traffic.

1  Thank Patrick B
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