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Henry Vilas Zoo

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Address: 702 South Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715-1665
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+1 608-266-4732
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Truly a wild place to hang out, this free zoo, located inside Vilas Park,...

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.

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Great place to go with kids!My kid really enjoys looking at the animals.There is also a souvenir shop.Try it out!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jennifer S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to go with kids!My kid really enjoys looking at the animals.There is also a souvenir shop.Try it out!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This zoo is free to the public so it is a great affordable place for the family to go. The only problem is that they don't have enough parking! We had to park a long ways away on a residential street.

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Thank Teri H
Verona, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's fun, free (but donations are much appreciated) and has lots of animals and hiking paths and a great play area for kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a free zoo in a beautiful environment that updates it's habitats every year as funds allow. There is a great children's zoo, and playgrounds so the kids can burn off some energy when not learning about the different animals. Don't forget to donate some money if you can so it can keep improving!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best little zoo you could imagine. Perfect for little ones...not too big but still plenty of animals to see and learn about,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

THis free zoon is located right in a westside neighborhood, with a swimming lake within a short walking distance, a children's petting zoo within the grounds and abundant picnic areas and good parking, free.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great thing to do with kids, no admission cost! Good snacks and you don't feel guilty buying kids snacks knowing you didn't pay to get in.

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Madison
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever changing, animals come and go but definitely a good zoo! Free admission, has a great aviary, and childrens area and a carousal for the kids to ride

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Thank Tenny W
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will get far more than you expect with a visit to the Henry Vilas Zoo. The zoo is free with donations welcomed (consider donating - it's an amazing experience). There are a variety of exhibits, indoors and out. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Restrooms are clean and lots of options for refreshing treats to cool down with... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cornerstone of Madison. If you come make sure you don't miss the orangutans, they are my favorite.

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