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“Incredible neighborhood park!”
Review of Vilas Park

Vilas Park
Ranked #26 of 69 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 7 October 2016

We live in the neighborhood and this is a gem! We skate on the pond in the winter, the kids swim in the summer, we've hosted and attended birthday parties on the picnic tables, and bring the kids to play in the open spaces and on the equipment. The Shoe is original and its annual painting allows us to feel we are part of it. On top of all this is the free Vilas zoo right next door. Even if you don't go in, you can hear the lions roar and realize you are in an amazing place!

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Kristen V
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

This park was a nice stop with walking trails, a small play area for kids, and a small wading/swimming area. Very relaxing time adjacent to the Henry Villas zoo.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Sheri S
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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.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Y136PBWendy
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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.

Date of experience: January 2016
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.

Date of experience: September 2015
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