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Henry Vilas Zoo

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Address: 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715-1665
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+1 608-266-4732
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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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Fabulous Zoo

What a great smaller scale FREE zoo (donations recommended) right in Madison. Plenty of animals to see in a clean and natural environment. Pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kevin F
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great smaller scale FREE zoo (donations recommended) right in Madison. Plenty of animals to see in a clean and natural environment. Pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

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GB, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wasn't planning on going but had a surprisingly nice March day so went to zoo when we were in town. Free parking and admission was the clincher for us as we're always trying to find affordable family fun. Was pretty much what we expected, a great midsized zoo. I'd expect there will be more exhibits/animals during peak season but was... More 

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Thank Monte98
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice place to visit. The zoo has all kind of animals. There are two polar bears like to act with visitors, very cute and sweet.

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Thank Jing Run T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sometimes you pay too much to go to a zoo on a hot summer day, and the only thing your kid wants to do is visit the gift shop and snack bar. Vilas Zoo is a true neighborhood gem, and you can take the kids there on a whim without emptying your wallet. The attractions are wonderful and the facilities... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was visiting Madison and brought our two boys (5&7) to the zoo. Free admission (donation recommended) this place was absolutely awesome. I'm from Milwaukee and we have a great zoo but often it's crowded and you don't always get to see the animals you walk the entire grounds to see (not to mention cost). At this zoo you are not... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very surprised at what animals were at the zoo, quite an array. Spent $40+ in the snack bar/restaurant for my family of 5 to help support the zoo. (Didn't have cash to donate.)

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Thank Daisy G
West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice zoo and there is no admission charged, which is almost unheard of. Contributions are greatly appreciated

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a very wide variety of animals here at this zoo better than most I have visited. Polar bear was especially putting on a show for all the visitors was very entertaining.

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Thank Blondeziggy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i LOVE that this is a free zoo, so we can go any time we want. They also have the Zoo Boo, which was a blast

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Thank Renee T
Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not a huge zoo, so perfect for children to be able to "see everything" without it taking hours and hours. It's not very crowded, though. The trees keep things pretty cool and there are plenty of places to stop and rest.

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