Henry Vilas Zoo is one of the few zoos in the country that is still free. It can be accessed by bus as well as by car and is open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5pm. It’s located at 702 South Randall Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin and it’s a hugely popular attraction.
It’s great for all ages so if you are new to the area, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the free admission and visit the animals. Take the kids for a day of fun or rent the venue for a special event. Here is everything you need to know from visiting to memberships at the Henry Vilas Zoo.
About Henry Vilas Zoo
The zoo is free to the public and open year-round. It runs under the support of the Henry Vilas Zoological Society and Dane County. It’s surrounded by a park and located near Lake Wingra and the UW Arboretum. It was designed to make visits fun and educational and features concessions. While admission is free, donations are appreciated.
Visiting the Zoo
The zoo is free but the carousel and train tokens cost $1.50 with 6-punch cards available at $8 and take cash only. The Zoo Train and Conservation Carousel are scheduled for the season as of March. The gift shop is open daily from March until Christmastime. Keep in mind the zoo is closed on major holidays and the building hours with the rides and gift shops are 10am to 4pm.
The zoo is divided by sections by animal. You can check out animals like the Rhinos, the Tigers, Camels, Flamingos, Seals, Goats, Primates and so much more. Swing by the penguins and tour the aviary by the river otter. Grab ice cream at Henry’s Sub and Ice Cream Shoppe and grab apparel at the Gift Shop.
If you want to learn a lot and enjoy seeing these beautiful creatures, check out the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison.