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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 54 Attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The zoo is small but meticulously kept and well done, especially since it is FREE admission. The exhibits are nice and there is a good variety of animals. I am looking forward for the completion of the bears exhibit. Parking can be tough, so get there early to get a close spot. A enjoyable place for kids and adults alike.

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Cottage Grove
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

They are alway improving the grounds for the animals as well as for the visitors. They have playground equipment, picnic tables, concessions, rides etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Henry Vilas Zoo is one of the few FREE zoos and it's right here in Madison WI. This zoo just gets better and better year after year. Recent updates are an animal hospital and a fun children;s play area and fairly new carousel ride. A recent addition of a bird aviary This zoo doesn't disappoint.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

A great place for kids and adults. Dane county has managed to keep this zoo free for decades. (With a lot of fundraisers and volunteer help).Great exhibits with educational signage and things to touch for kids of all ages. Trick or treating at the zoo is well organized, yet manages to show the animals the other "zoo" outside their enclosures.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Henry Vilas Zoo is smaller in scale, but has a large appeal. It is small enough kids can get through the whole thing without feeling overwhelmed. There is a huge selection of animals to see. The zoo feel very clean and inviting. To top it off, it's FREE!! Of course a donation to keep this AMAZING place going and... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great place for all ages!! My husband and I enjoy going alone or bringing our precious grandchildren!!

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Madison WI
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great zoo for the kids. It is not a huge zoo like Milwaukee or San Diego but great place younger kids. The zoo is free which is really a surprise in todays world. They have all the basics. Large park attached for picnic's and games. It is a nice simple afternoon in a really nice City.

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Vermont
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great for little kids. Near a park. Easy to get around. Parking available but may be difficult on busy weekends.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I just had people comment to me how nice the Milwaukee Zoo was. I do concur that is better than Henry Vilas, BUT the price is right at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Sure you can donate-and I hope you do, but it doesn't cost anything to get in. Okay I've been to two zoos before going to Henry Vilas that... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What a great way to spend a few hours, nice small zoo!! Animals were active and kept in great exhibits. Small but nice!!!

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