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“Good free zoo, great for kids” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo
702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715-1665
608-266-4732
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Ranked #8 of 122 things to do 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.
Madison, WI
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“Good free zoo, great for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I take my kids to the Vilas zoo all the time, and they love it. It is small enough to be easy to get around, but here are many animals, including lions, a tiger, rhinos, giraffes, bison, bears, penguins, a reptile house, a petting fam and more. There is also a nice play area, a carousel and a train. They are building an animal hospital and a new exhibit for the polar animals. Really a lot for a free zoo. They have several events throughout the year too. What a nice resource!

Visited October 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Perfect for any age”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a great place to take kids, family and even by yourself. They are constantly upgrading and building on the grounds. The animals are well kept and they have hands on displays throughout the zoo.. Fantastic

Visited September 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“It's all happening at the zoo.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Henry Vilas Zoo is a small zoo but it's fun. Animals outside, inside and a petting zoo for the children. Lake Wingra is right outside the zoo so after you're done at the zoo you can go have a nice picnic.

Visited June 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“BEST ZOO FOR FREE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I can not believe this zoo is free! There are so many different animals to see and the layout is easy to get around. The zoo is great and the playground area with the carousel is completey awesome. Please donate what you can when you visit to help keep this free zoo going for many years to come!

Visited August 2012
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Necedah, Wisconsin, United States
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“Great for the kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My kids love going to the zoo. We make a day of it and spend lots of time revisiting the animals that are our favorites.

Visited May 2012
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