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Vilas Park

702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1600
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Beauty all around!

There's lots to see and do! Close to a lake! Any season too. A definite destination to go to... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
Nice open spot

I stopped in on a sunny winter day. There were a lot of skaters in the ice rinks. They have a... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Located on the shores of Lake Wingra, this park includes the Henry Vilas Zoo, an arboretum and a popular scenic beach.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“frisbee” (2 reviews)
“picnic” (6 reviews)
“lake” (8 reviews)
702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1600
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

There's lots to see and do! Close to a lake! Any season too. A definite destination to go to. Great for pictures and parties! Graduation parties or birthday parties or reunions!!!

Thank 13family13
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped in on a sunny winter day. There were a lot of skaters in the ice rinks. They have a large skating rink, several hockey rinks and one for speed skating. There are also walking/running trails. And a beach that is open in summer.

Thank AndyB5542
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Lots of beautiful green space located directly next to the Henry Vilas Zoo. Great for kids & adults alike.

Thank KARS929
Reviewed 7 October 2016

We live in the neighborhood and this is a gem! We skate on the pond in the winter, the kids swim in the summer, we've hosted and attended birthday parties on the picnic tables, and bring the kids to play in the open spaces and...More

Thank Kristen V
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This park was a nice stop with walking trails, a small play area for kids, and a small wading/swimming area. Very relaxing time adjacent to the Henry Villas zoo.

Thank Sheri S
Reviewed 25 May 2016

A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. In addition to the animal attractions, there is a Carousel, an area for kids to play, an educational raptor building, and tons of green space for frisbee, a picnic or just to hang out and read.

Thank Y136PBWendy
Reviewed 30 April 2016

We took some good friends here to ice skate. The ice ws pretty soft due to the warm weather, but we still managed to have a lot of fun. We passed the puck around and took lots of pictures. Warming house is nice.

Thank Maggie L
Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

Whether you crave swimming, boating, fishing sunbathing or biking, Vilas Park has you covered. Winter is still worthy of a visit, with skating on tap. The adjacent Vilas Zoo is wonderful, and free too.

1  Thank Steve F
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Oh my, one of the nicest parks in the state, if not country! First it has a FREE zoo, a beach, running/walking paths, fishing on the lake, picnic areas, playgrounds for kids, tons of grassy fields and walking paths all over the place. Whether it's...More

1  Thank Ann K
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Pair this free park and arboretum with the zoo across the lake for a fine morning or afternoon. You can drive in but not through from either end. On rare occasions the gate between the 2 sides is open to automobile traffic, otherwise you have...More

1  Thank Patrick B
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