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“Great for families” 5 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, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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“Great for families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Henry Vilas Zoo is great for families - the best part it is free! Easy to get around the zoo. The children's zoo is a great place for kids to play -nice slides, carousel and train rides.

Visited August 2013
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“Best free zoo around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Henry Vilas Zoo is a wonderful Madison resource. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wingra, it offers a rich zoo experience for young and old. Be sure to see the Siberian tiger; ride the carosel($1) and the zoo train($1). See the always interesting orangu and attached plenty of picnic tables to enjoy a meal on the shores of the lake. The water in Lake Wingra is exceptionally clean and the park if free.

Visited August 2013
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Pardeeville, WI
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“Best Free Zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We have always enjoyed visiting the Henry Vilas Zoo. While it isn't immense or as fancy as some zoos, it is FREE. My grandchildren enjoy the beautiful carousel and the train ride. (Only $1). Parking is usually somewhat of a challenge, but we manage to find a spot eventually. The closing time does seem a bit early, but if you know this you can plan ahead. There are food spots on site. The nearby park and beach add to the value of visiting the area.

Visited June 2013
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Henry Vilas Zoo is one of the last free zoo's in the US. It is small, but a wonderful hidden gem.

Visited June 2013
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“Great day with the kids!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful smaller zoo. Free admission and free parking. Terrific childrens play area. New children's zoo area. Surprisingly interesting and high quality exhibits for a small zoo. Easy to walk through the whole facility and pair it with a trip to the adjacent park play area or beach.

Visited June 2013
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