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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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Fun and free!

I'm new to Wisconsin, but I'm falling in love with all the FREE and beautiful places to visit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
WanderlustDust
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nice zoo, but needs some work

Some areas were overgrown. It would have been nice if there were signage indicating empty exhibits... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
rifam
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rhode island
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
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702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1665
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+1 608-266-4732
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm new to Wisconsin, but I'm falling in love with all the FREE and beautiful places to visit. This place is amazing. Cheap snack bar food too!

Thank WanderlustDust
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Some areas were overgrown. It would have been nice if there were signage indicating empty exhibits. But it was fun seeing the animals.

Thank rifam
Reviewed 6 days ago

For a free zoo this is a wonderful place to take the kids. There are good exhibits and a wonderful play area for the youngsters to play. I would prefer larger spaces for the animals. Many exhibits have a learning area which are done well...More

Thank cmd72265
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small zoo is right in the center of the city. There is no cost and one wonders how they can keep it as nice as it is. There are quite a few animals in their natural habitats, including porcupines and badgers (of course). They...More

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Thank MLE0904
Reviewed 1 week ago

The area mothers and grandmothers are well aware of this free zoo. They must come here often with their children/grandchildren since the zoo was filled with children in strollers. The zoo had animals and habitats that you don't even find in larger zoo's, such as,...More

Thank twa63
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Baby lions! This alone makes the zoo wonderful. Two baby lions in the enclosure with mom and dad. My kids and I could spend all day watching them play with each other. The polar bear exhibit was also a hit with my kids. So fun...More

Thank AllieMommy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great and perfect for kids for any age! Me as a fulltime nanny I will definitely bring the kids here again to keep them busy and having lots of fun!

Thank Victoria S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from New York where you pay for everything, it was a revelation that the zoo here is indeed free and supported through donations. No charge for parking either. The grounds were clean, and could see this being good for young kids as the exhibits...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best free zoo around, plenty of things for the kids to interact with. Parking can be an issue, street parking with limited times, in a very nice neighborhood.

Thank Todd H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from England , where these places are very expensive , we are still trying to get to grips that entrance is free ( we have also just done the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago ) .. The circular layout makes the best use of...More

Thank michaelcS2269LH
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angela20082011
6 August 2017|
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Response from Sarah O | Reviewed this property |
No elephants. The zoo is small but wonderful.
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teara1592
22 May 2017|
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Response from Kevin F | Reviewed this property |
Between 2 to 3 hours should be enough time.
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mitzi 1
29 June 2016|
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Response from JesseWhite | Reviewed this property |
No electric chairs, but there are wheelchairs available at the gift shop on the Drake St main gate.
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