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Address: 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715
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Description: Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas...
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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Old favorite quick getaway...still a welcome respite!

Zoos are rarely on my agenda, so I'm not mentioning the one here, though I know many do enjoy and appreciate it. Instead, I'm recalling fondly, this 40+ acre mid-city park along... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Zoos are rarely on my agenda, so I'm not mentioning the one here, though I know many do enjoy and appreciate it. Instead, I'm recalling fondly, this 40+ acre mid-city park along Lake Wingra's north shore often provided a close-by refuge from constant campus bustle, way back when--usually I'd continue my jaunts all the way through the adjoining UW-Arboretum. Nowadays... More 

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199 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

A great park for walks and quiet weekends. The arboretum and the zoo nearby offers alternatives if you get bored. The lake has some nice, scenic views. If you want a break form the city; make sure to make it to this beautiful park for a day getaway.

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oxford
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18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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132 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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227 reviews 227 reviews
47 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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