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Address: 702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1600
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Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas...

Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.

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Beauty all around!

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... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2017
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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!!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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644 reviews
300 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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.

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Thank AndyB5542
New Milford, NJ
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2016

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

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Thank KARS929
Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 on the equipment. The Shoe is original and its annual painting allows us to feel... More 

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Thank Kristen V
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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.

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Thank Sheri S
Madison, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2016

A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. In addition to the animal attractions, there is a Carousel, an area for kids to play, an educational raptor building, and tons of green space for frisbee, a picnic or just to hang out and read.

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Thank Y136PBWendy
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85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2016

We took some good friends here to ice skate. The ice ws pretty soft due to the warm weather, but we still managed to have a lot of fun. We passed the puck around and took lots of pictures. Warming house is nice.

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Thank Maggie L
Bellevue, Washington
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654 reviews
239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Whether you crave swimming, boating, fishing sunbathing or biking, Vilas Park has you covered. Winter is still worthy of a visit, with skating on tap. The adjacent Vilas Zoo is wonderful, and free too.

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Florida
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Oh my, one of the nicest parks in the state, if not country! First it has a FREE zoo, a beach, running/walking paths, fishing on the lake, picnic areas, playgrounds for kids, tons of grassy fields and walking paths all over the place. Whether it's winter, spring, fall or summer, there is always someone in this park--fishing, running, walking, skating... More 

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Austin, Texas
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75 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2015

Pair this free park and arboretum with the zoo across the lake for a fine morning or afternoon. You can drive in but not through from either end. On rare occasions the gate between the 2 sides is open to automobile traffic, otherwise you have to backtrack, except bicycles and foot traffic.

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