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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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Beautiful green space for kids & adults

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
KARS929
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New Milford, NJ
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New Milford, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2015

Zoos are rarely on my agenda, so I'm not mentioning the one here, though I know many do enjoy and appreciate it. Instead, I'm recalling fondly, this 40+ acre mid-city park along Lake Wingra's north shore often provided a close-by refuge from constant campus bustle, way back when--usually I'd continue my jaunts all the way through the adjoining UW-Arboretum. Nowadays... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2015

A great park for walks and quiet weekends. The arboretum and the zoo nearby offers alternatives if you get bored. The lake has some nice, scenic views. If you want a break form the city; make sure to make it to this beautiful park for a day getaway.

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