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Henry Vilas Zoo

702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715-1665
608-266-4732
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Ranked #6 of 52 Attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Owner description: Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park, features animals from around the world including African lions, South... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a good place for the young to see animals that they would not normally see. The area for the children's zoo was quite good and the small animals and reptiles around the zoo looked quite happy. That cannot be said for the larger exhibits who looked sad bored unhappy and out of place ie the bison which are... More

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our family visited the Henry Vilas Zoo and had a very nice experience. The zoo is small and intimate but has some very nice exhibits and activities for families. The polar bear exhibit was under remodeling and looks to be a very nice future attraction. This was an economical visit for our family of 6 as zoo admission is free.... More

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Wisconsin Dells
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Nice for the family not to big so can walk pretty much of it in a few hours and sit and relax along the way and bonus only free Zoo I know of

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Madison, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A gem of a zoo. If you have children, you can't beat going to the Vilas Zoo for a fun and inexpensive day out. Exhibits and animals are fun to see and educational. You probably shouldn't eat here if you don't have to, but the zoo is very pleasant attraction for the whole family.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Nice outing for a family or even by yourself. Plenty to do and see here. They even have a kids section and there is no fee to get in.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is an wonderful zoo & the best part is it's FREE! There is a nice kids area with a playground, a carousel & a train ride. Construction work is in progress, so it looks as if they are expanding & adding new attractions... can't wait to visit again soon!

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St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I work at the STL Zoo so have high expectations. This was small but the animals seemed to have nice habitats. Construction going on to expand. I really enjoyed the Native Species exhibit of Bison and prairie dogs. I thought there were also to be badgers on view, but given construction or other circumstance we didn't see them. A fun... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have enjoyed taking our children, grand children and now our great grand children to Henry Vilas Zoo. A wonderful educational experience for everyone. Thank you to all that help make this the best free zoo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

5 reasons why Henry villas is the best: 1) Zoo is big Enough to spend 3hrs. 2) Easy free parking. 3) Reasonable prices at food court, ice cream, gift shops. 4) Amusement - parks, giraffes, lion, tiger, apes, ostriches, snakes, parrots, what else you need? 5) The best part is Flamingos - I spent 30min watching them (serene) Bonus) ITS... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Free parking, free admission, and a nice selection of exhibits. The zoo is a great, family-friendly place to visits and it's not far from downtown Madison.

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