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Henry Vilas Zoo

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Address: 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715-1665
Phone Number: 608-266-4732
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Description: Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park...
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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How can you say anything bad about this place ! We have been going here for over 25 years, its always great. They keep adding exhibits, so you just want to go every year. We have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Portage, Wisconsin
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Portage, Wisconsin
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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

How can you say anything bad about this place ! We have been going here for over 25 years, its always great. They keep adding exhibits, so you just want to go every year. We have taken our kids and our Grandkids here. And its Free, yup not one cent do they charge, but we always donate something. This is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The nicest thing about the zoo was the surrounding neighborhood. Nice that it's free. For being so small I actually saw more animal activity with the baby orangutan and giraffe.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The zoo just opened it's Polar Passage, new housing for the polar bears, grizzly bears and habor seals. Very well done! Plus I love the red panda and the big cats (tigers and lions). A petting zoo for the little ones is nicely done. The free admission makes it family friendly and a nice time for a day out.

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin is a good place and Kids as well as adults. Nice place to go with Children.

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Rutland, Vermont
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Went to the zoo on a cold, snowy November day. There was still plenty to see and no crowds to deal with We will definitely go back in the warmer weather.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Vilas zoo is a treasure. It is not a large zoo but it is so convenient. And free! You can park steps away from the gate, spend a morning and then walk over to the park for a picnic. It is one of our go-to places for out of town friends with children. A loyal group of financial supporters... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This zoo will not be the best zoo you ever go to, but it is charming, with a good variety of wildlife. They also do a good job with teaching the visitors about conservation efforts, which is important for any zoo. The zoo is also completely free for all people. This is a perfect zoo to take the kids, as... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It will be so much better after the NEW artic passage opens, but it still is an excellent "small city" zoo

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New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Spent 4 hours at this wonderful zoo. As far as variety of animals and quality of their enclosures, it totally exceeded my expectations of a free zoo! Great places for kids to play, and good, reasonably priced food treats. I made sure to put a nice donation $ in the conveniently placed boxes around the zoo. If you are a... More 

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Silver City, NM
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

This zoo is Free! My kids ages 3 and 5 could walk most of it because it is fairly small. I wish the enclosures were bigger for the sake of the animals but the experience was very positive for us.The kids zoo area has great play structures. The only thing I would say is that some of the buildings were... More 

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