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. Take a look at our Madison sightseeing planner to schedule your visit to Henry Vilas Zoo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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This little zoo was darling! There were a wide variety of animals and cute little places to eat. The enclosures were clean and well kept. While they were a bit small, it was obvious that the animals..... more
This little zoo was darling! There were a wide variety of animals and cute little places to eat. The enclosures were clean and well kept. While they were a bit small, it was obvious that the animals..... more »
Small, yet nice zoo. Lots of great animal exhibits. Easy to walk around. Family friendly. Free entry fee is very nice. A really nice way to spend a few hours.
Small, yet nice zoo. Lots of great animal exhibits. Easy to walk around. Family friendly. Free entry fee is very nice. A really nice way to spend a few hours. more »
Just had a birthday party for our son. They have all inclusive packages. They provide pizza, cupcakes, and drinks. And you can order additional foods from the Polar grille. You also get tokens for the carousel for all your guests. We had a great experience. I can't remember our assistants name, I think it was Trish. She was the best, she worked very hard the entire time. And made sure everyone had a great time. I would highly recommend this zoo for any kids birthday. My son had a blast.
What A Amazing Free Zoo, That’s Correct It’s 2022 And There Is Still Something That’s Fun To Do And Free🤘You Can Do The Right Thing And Donate Anything You Can Afford To Give - They Still Enjoy Giving Extra Care To Their Animals!! So Many Different Animals In Such A Beautiful Layout!! Keep Up The Great Carr And The Great Work Of Running Such A Beautiful Zoo!! I Went Multiple Times As A Kid And Now I’ve Taken My Kids To This Zoo!! Great Place To Spend The Day Or Days!! There Is A Lake Near By You Can Enjoy As Well!! Give Those Donations To Them Please And Thank You, This Is What Keeps Them Going!!
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