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Medium size park with city zoo in quiet neighborhood

This is a pleasant part that includes the city zoo, a small beach for Lake Wingra that is next to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Madison, Wisconsin
Parking and ducks are the only issues at this park

Villas is a nice park offering a beach, play structures, picnic areas, open areas, and nice vistas... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2018
Middleton, Wisconsin
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“free zoo”(6 reviews)
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Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.
702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1600
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a pleasant part that includes the city zoo, a small beach for Lake Wingra that is next to the university arboretum. There are picnic facilities, soccer fields, and trails. In winter, ice skating and hockey are offered. Parking is limited but rarely a...More

1  Thank _wlneuman
Reviewed June 14, 2018

Villas is a nice park offering a beach, play structures, picnic areas, open areas, and nice vistas. It is popular and the free parking fills early on weekends and in the summer. It can be over run with geese and ducks, please don't feed them.

Thank LoveTraveling29
Reviewed November 12, 2017

This park is great! Its large with a skating rink, next to the free zoo and has a little beach. Its very family friendly and beautiful!

Thank Sara M
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful park and my daughter loved the playground! It was even better since we visited when the food trucks were there!!

Thank jgruber86
Reviewed June 26, 2017

We had to kill some time before the zoo opened. The playground is great and perfect for all ages. They have bridges that you can watch the wildlife and the water.

Thank Yvonne D
Reviewed March 14, 2017

There's lots to see and do! Close to a lake! Any season too. A definite destination to go to. Great for pictures and parties! Graduation parties or birthday parties or reunions!!!

Thank 13family13
Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

I stopped in on a sunny winter day. There were a lot of skaters in the ice rinks. They have a large skating rink, several hockey rinks and one for speed skating. There are also walking/running trails. And a beach that is open in summer.

Thank AndyB5542
Reviewed November 15, 2016

Lots of beautiful green space located directly next to the Henry Vilas Zoo. Great for kids & adults alike.

Thank KARS929
Reviewed October 6, 2016

We live in the neighborhood and this is a gem! We skate on the pond in the winter, the kids swim in the summer, we've hosted and attended birthday parties on the picnic tables, and bring the kids to play in the open spaces and...More

1  Thank Kristen V
Reviewed July 28, 2016

This park was a nice stop with walking trails, a small play area for kids, and a small wading/swimming area. Very relaxing time adjacent to the Henry Villas zoo.

Thank Sheri S
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