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“Great Zoo” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo
Ranked #4 of 94 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Milton
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170 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

This zoo is fantastic! They have made so many improvements over the years, it was a childhood staple for me and my kids grew up to love this zoo as well.

Visited June 2012
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Oregon, WI
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“A delightful zoo tucked away in the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

The Vilas Zoo is a treat for Madison residents and visitors alike. A very good-sized zoo. I am amazed that they don't charge an entrance fee. It's very clean, the animals look to be in good shape, and it provides hours of entertainment. Parking can be a bit of a challenge though.

Visited September 2012
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Bellevue, Washington
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592 reviews
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“Best free zoo outside of Washington DC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

The Vilas Park Zoo deserves your support as a wonderful resource in Madison for children, seniors and everyone in between. Free zoos are very rare these days and Vilas is one of the best. You owe it to yourself to visit often and contribute when able to keep this great attraction going.

Visited August 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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“Awesome free zoo near the park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

The zoo is in a beautiful neighborhood and if we're there we stop in even just for an hour since you don't have to pay (and thus don't need to make a whole day of it to get your money's worth like Milwaukee County Zoo). It's smaller but still has a great selection of animals (sea otters, prairie dogs, tigers, monkeys, chimps, and more). There are always families there with kids and the kids seem to love it.

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California
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4 reviews
“Great little zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

It's a small zoo so it's easy to see all of the animals in a couple of hours. Nice primates and even a polar bear.

Visited September 2012
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