After lunch our last day in Madison that year, we trekked over to the Henry Vilas Zoo. This would be totally free, except that everyone needs to buy a t-shirt or something to drink or something to feed the barnyard animals. It is a small zoo, on only about 28 acres, but it has the usual critters – orangutans, polar bears, giraffes, etc. It is a nice family-friendly place to visit, great if you have kids and not too bad if you are just an old married couple like my husband and me.
And last but not least, with our country’s Independence Day celebration looming on the horizon, I have to bring up the Capitol building in Madison. It is so cool. Three feet shorter than the United States Capitol building in Washington. I still can’t believe that, even after 9/11 when security tightened, they still let just about anyone wander around. It is, after all, a building of the people, for the people and by the people, just like our great country.