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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Love this zoo it has basically everything that the larger pricey zoos have - great for kids.. Not too big . Fun place to go !

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Denville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

NO complaints, this is a lovely zoo with nice grounds, close to town. Great place for a walk and good for adults and children

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This zoo wasn't very large, but it had a nice layout and feel. A few of the animals we wanted to see weren't out, but the zoo is free so we could always revisit without any inconvenience.

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Nashotah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was surprised on the animal selection and the cleanliness of this free zoo. They are working on a new polar bear exhibit, but the rest of the zoo was open. They had a good amount of animal. There were nice place to seat and rest. The picnic areas were nice. It was nice to see that there was something... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

We took our two grandsons, ages 2yr and 5yr and had a beautiful day. Just the right size. We thought the zoo was well kept. It made for an easy stroll. We brought our picnic lunch with us and ate in a little field close to the giraffes, how cool!

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Outside of the National Zoo in Washington, DC, the Vilas Park Zoo is the best free zoo in the country. Nicely designed enclosures for the animals, wonderful grounds and very accessible to both young and old. A must-see visit when in Madison.

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This little zoo is so cute - it's FREE - and it's small but, yet, intimate and fun for all your family - especially when you have "little ones" so you don't have to walk 5 miles to see an exhibit - it's ALL right there

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Considering this zoo is free, it's a great place to visit while in Madison. Especially if you are there with children! They have monkeys, giraffes, penguins, lions, and more. All of the staple animals are there. The zoo is very well kept and the layout is great for a nice stroll.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Besides the fact that it's free it's just such a fun way to spend a few relaxing hours. The animals are amazing to see and to see family's laughing and enjoying themselves makes everyone so happy

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is a great place to go with your kids. Best part is it is free so everyone can afford to take their kids here. You can see animals, eat and have great time. Yet it is better to go during weekend if you can. Less crowd! More parking!

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