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Vilas Park

Address: 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715
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Ranked #21 of 41 Attractions in Madison
Type: Playgrounds, Parks, Zoos, Outdoors
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a...
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Type: Playgrounds, Parks, Zoos, Outdoors
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.

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oxford
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93 reviews 93 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

There are places for kids to play about; the nearby zoo is lovely. There are swings and grassy areas to kick balls. A place for all seasons!

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Oregon, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Cute park with a nice little pond. You can see fish swimming around if you stand on the bridge and look down. It would be a nice park to have a picnic. They have some tables and it's a nice looking area.

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a cute park. We had scooters and our son had his bike so we checked out the trails. Nice scenery by the lake. Definitely worth a look. The park is connected to the zoo so you can walk right over and get into the zoo for free.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We took a walking food tour with Madison Food Explorers (the Monroe Street tour) and learned a lot about Vilas Park and the neighborhood. Learned about the UW Arboretum and why there are no houses on the other side of Lake Wingra. It was nice to see everyone out -- it is a well-used park with beautiful houses on Vilas... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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284 reviews 284 reviews
127 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Vilas Park is a great park to go to. It's right next to Vilas Zoo and by the lake and Arboretum. There's two children parks within it and open fields for sports as well as a ponds. It's a nice place to walk, run/jog, and bring your children and pets to. There's also a lot of parking around the park.... More 

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Edgerton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Just a beautiful walking area. The area was very clean and well maintained. Lots of places to stop and enjoy the surroundings.

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Linden, WI
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Vilas Park is always a fun place to go for children and adults. Picnics, playing an the playground equipment, or just sitting on a blanket watching the world go by. A very well kept park!

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Wisconsin
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205 reviews 205 reviews
44 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

It's a great place to spend the day. Lots of open areas, lake with swimming beach and the zoo is right at the park. It's a wonderful zoo and is always having some thing added to it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This is a great park to hang out in. I loved all the bridges and my dog had a good time running around. There were flocks of Canada geese hanging out, which were also beautiful. The funny things was we forgot that the zoo was located inside the park...and ya know, we were just hanging out when all of a... More 

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Lodi, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

free zoo great place to go when ther is nothing to do around town the only down side is the parking but its going to be busy its free... lot of animals and lots of indoor stuff as well.

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