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Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
Despite its relatively small size, Henry Vilas Zoo showcases animals from around the world in a mix of indoor and outdoor habitats. Resident land animals include primates, big cats, tropical birds, and North American prairie animals. In the water, you'll see reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Kids will love the children's zoo, complete with carousel, zoo train, and play area, as well as a year-round exhibit of goats and alpacas. The zoo’s discovery center is equipped with microscopes and magnifying glasses, so you can examine feathers, scales, and skin, or even see tarantulas, cockroaches, millipedes, and other small creatures up close. Plan to see Henry Vilas Zoo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Madison trip itinerary maker.
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  • Read the reviews and thought it would be a nice Autumn walk. Trees were near peak and the weather was great. The animals were quite active for a 3 PM visit...maybe because the weather here is so nice ...  read more »
  • Count on your GPS to find this fabulous free outpost for family fun, or just a nice morning walk. A little sparse on animal presence the day we visited, but enough for fun exploration. Allow a few hou...  read more »
  • I have been to the Henry Vilas Zoo many times and I have always really enjoyed the experience. The animal cages are well maintained and there are plenty of staff to answer any questions. In keeping wi...  read more »
  • Amazing zoo. I've been coming here for years. They are constantly updating animal habitats and the animals are treated so much better than at other zoos I've been to. There's a kids area with a playground and carousel, an open aviary, and lots of exhibits. Admission is free, but if you like the place, I would suggest giving a small donation. Every bit helps their outreach, education, and conservation efforts.
  • It's a free zoo. Parking is a nightmare! ! Nice park and zoo has a swim beach in the park. Nice way to spend a day.
  • It's a small free zoo with free parking facility.Kids will enjoy seeing all the animals and can enjoy in kids zoo where they can play and have fun in carousel and choo-choo train. Make sure too visit all exhibit before 4pm it will close on 4pm , we thought closing time is 5pm so that we missed some of them .We can see lovely flamingo that is treat to eyes really,:
  • Amazing zoo. I can't believe a zoo this nice is free to get in. The best part of all you are allowed to bring in your own food. The good offered at the zoo is fairly reasonable compare to what you usually see at attractions.
  • This is a great zoo to go to. Have a good selection of animals - would like to see a little more than what they do have, but still a great place to visit. It's free to get in and they have a new indoor food court. Have an awesome playground, carousel and train for kids.
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