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Henry Vilas Zoo

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Address: 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715-1665
Phone Number: 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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CLEAN, FREE, FAMILY FUN!!

Great family fun!! This clean, free zoo offers family and friend fun! Many exhibits to look at. Stellar place to have a birthday party, reunion, or any gathering for free. Be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great family fun!! This clean, free zoo offers family and friend fun! Many exhibits to look at. Stellar place to have a birthday party, reunion, or any gathering for free. Be sure to take the little ones during Halloween season for the trick-o-treating at the zoo too. :D

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Wisconsin
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a gem hidden in a residential area of Madison & the admission is free. Enjoyed seeing the animals in both inside & outside enclosures. Would like to return in summer for a better view of the grounds.

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Thank Lynne545
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome zoo with some pretty special animals that make up the Henry Vilas Zoo. Another gem in Madison that is free for the whole family and has lots to see. The new polar bear exhibit is wonderful and my personal favorite is the tiger!

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Oregon, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is great zoo and is worth a visit year round. Donations accepted, but there is no admission fee. There is a children's area, carousel, indoor areas, and places to picnic or to purchase food. It is right next to a small lake with a beach and picnic area, and there is no fee for parking either.

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Thank Donna M
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very wonderful zoo. Excellent animals to view. We had the most wonderful time. Beautiful surroundings.

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Thank mrjuceman
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fun place to take the kids. Admission is free. Summer is the busiest time and extremely crowded--not to mention the difficulty in finding a parking spot. I recommend going in the fall or spring. Food in the zoo is expensive. There is a restaurant across the street. The zoo is a great place to have a picnic.

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Deerfield, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The zoo is free. No parking fees. No admission fees. It's got tigers, lions, bears, giraffes, primates, reptiles and more. Clean, spacious grounds. You can walk the whole zoo. There's a real nice kids area with a playground, carousel and train. The carousel and train are like $1.00 per ride. Surrounding the zoo is a nice big park and a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So I have been to many zoo's - for a free zoo this is pretty nice and just a great activity for kids. It's open year round though we have only been here in the fall and summer. The food options are limited so bring a lunch or plan on stopping somewhere around the zoo - there is a great... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Newly modernized habitats with kids play area, local park environment and right in the city of Madison! There is something for everyone at Henry Vilas Zoo, both indoors and out. Perfect for a family, a first date, and friends get-togethers--and there is no charge for the zoo.

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Thank weidete
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful buildings and grounds to view the animals. Great playground and reasonable priced carosal to ride on. Refreshments available and next to a public beach. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day donations welcomed

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