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.
Henry Vilas Zoo Reviews
My family and I visited Henry Vilas Zoo on a 80 degree day. It’s free, it’s small, has a train ride, carousel, and it’s perfect for a family visit! It does not have the biggest variety of animals but ... more »
Had a blast at this wonderful Zoo in downtown Madison with our friends and all the children. We love coming here a few times every year! So happy that our community has this available for children to ... more »
We took my two year old. He hasn't really had much exposure to real public things. He loved it without a doubt. Spacious place that can be easily mapped out for a smoke break half way through. The other guest were very polite and courteous We look forward to coming back
Great place to take your kids to see some cool animals. And for being a free zoo, it has a lot to offer. The carousel and the train ride are always fun for the kids and the park inside the zoo is rather large as well. There is also a picnic area inside as well as a restaurant to eat at if you choose that looks out at some of the exhibits. Definitely a great and affordable option for fun with the family.
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