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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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FREE fun for ALL! :D

Free zoo! (Don't forget to donate, it costs money to run a zoo) They have cool little places to... read more

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Cassie J
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If you have time to enjoy wild animal's in such a Great setting. All kids of all ages will enjoy a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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“polar bear” (68 reviews)
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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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"polar bear"
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"train ride"
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"prairie dogs"
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"merry go round"
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"reptile house"
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"red panda"
in 15 reviews
"wide variety of animals"
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"lake wingra"
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"perfect size"
in 22 reviews
"free admission"
in 57 reviews
"children's area"
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"bison"
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"few hours"
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"all ages"
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"street parking"
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"whole family"
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Reviewed yesterday

Free zoo! (Don't forget to donate, it costs money to run a zoo) They have cool little places to eat, a kids zone, and just a fun little place to spend a few hours. Parking is free but you can only park for up to...More

Thank Cassie J
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have time to enjoy wild animal's in such a Great setting. All kids of all ages will enjoy a short walk with the animals.

Thank Bruce E
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A lovely stroll in all weather and for all ages! Free is lovely but you can donate to help keep this Madison gem free! Highly Recommended!

Thank Sue K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I've visited this zoo since I came to Madison in 1975 for graduate work. Now I visit with my grandchildren. I am impressed by the changes made over the years to educate the public and improve the animal areas

Thank LoveTraveling29
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is very nice and doesn’t take all day to visit, but the best part is it’s FREE! Even though it’s not as large as Milwaukee zoo it’s still good size and carries a nice variety of animals to see. Highly recommend it if...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family really loved this zoo we are zoo people wasn't real big but we enjoyed ourselves and the best part was it was free !!!we were there early enough no need for paid parking enjoyed our time there before heading to th capital building...More

Thank Tammy- L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Henry Vilas Zoo has always been a free Zoo, "No Entrance Fee's" make it awesome for small and large family's. The Henry Vilas Zoo is updating exhibits all the time with many improvements over the years, my family goes there many times during the year....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun with my kids they had good time to roam around near Cool places morning walking around zoo good to go with kids

Thank KAUR C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decent zoo. It was free. Great way to spend a few hours. Wide variety of animals, for a small zoo that is. Fun polar bear exhibit.

Thank Susie D
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an amazing zoo, it is so easy and accessible with great views of the polar bears, giraffes, and flamingos and amazing that it's free entrace!!

Thank Paula W
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njgrochowski
19 October 2017|
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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.
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angela20082011
5 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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