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Henry Vilas Zoo

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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
+1 608-266-4732
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Zoo lights!

This zoo is fantastic! It’s free and easy to get park. It has a wide variety of animals but isn’t... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sara M
via mobile
Good Zoo

This zoo is very nice and clean and the staff is friendly, It is also really nice that entrance... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kelli T
Sauk City, Wisconsin
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
+1 608-266-4732
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is fantastic! It’s free and easy to get park. It has a wide variety of animals but isn’t overwhelming for small children. It only takes an hour or two to go through the zoo and since it’s free, you don’t feel guilty for...More

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is very nice and clean and the staff is friendly, It is also really nice that entrance into the zoo is free. Although there are a few things that you will need to pay for to do, for instance the carousel and train...More

Thank Kelli T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really good zoo! It is small, and doesn’t have a ton of rare species, but the animals are clearly well cared for, the exhibits are really nice and modern, and the layout is beautiful. I had an amazing time!

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's free and still very cool. Well-maintained exhibits and an additional play area for little kids to blow off steam. Merry-go-around and ride-able train for grandkids have always been a hit. We bring our own picnic to eat on the grounds. Nice to buy zoo...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's amazing that this wonderful community zoo is still free to the public since its establishment. Definitely check out the new interactive watershed model - the kids love it and can learn about how water flows downhill to lakes and streams, and how to protect...More

Thank MadTownAdventurer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the animals are inside, but it is still an inviting enviroment. I can't wait until the zoo lights are available for viewing.

Thank Rosarue99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

last minute plans to go to the zoo. What a beautiful day we had. The zoo is worth it and it was a memorable experience.

Thank Karma R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the zoo recently for the first time. I can't believe I've never been here. Such a nice zoo. Stopped by on a Wednesday late morning and had the zoo to ourselves essentially. Even though it is November, the animal were out! We really...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who doesn't love to go to the zoo? The Henry Vilas Zoo is free and set in a beautiful location in Madison. When I lived in Madison, I used to go for walks/runs through the zoo and I'd stop and hang out with the gorilla...More

Thank Badger_State_of_Mind
Reviewed 2 November 2017

I am always amazed that a town the size of Madison can have such a fun zoo. Every time we visit there seem to be major improvements. The viewing areas are great.

Thank Dave p
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20 October 2017|
Response from Sara D | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 3 miles? Could be less. Much smaller than the Milwaukee zoo. My 5 year old was able to walk easily around the entire thing.
6 August 2017|
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Response from Sarah O | Reviewed this property |
No elephants. The zoo is small but wonderful.
22 May 2017|
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Response from Kevin F | Reviewed this property |
Between 2 to 3 hours should be enough time.