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Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari

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Address: 16406 292nd St, Ashland, NE 68003
Phone Number: +1 402 944 9453
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Drive-through adventure zoo's road leads visitors through several different...

Drive-through adventure zoo's road leads visitors through several different 'lands' featuring Sandhill Cranes, antelope, deer and a large buffalo herd. Most of the animals freely roam this corner of the county. All can be seen from visitors' cars, but Wolf Woods section requires a short walk. The interactive nature exhibits can be explored hile out of the car.

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Each time to go the park we come home with a great story. Last time we were watching the sandhill cranes, & one come up to the car window and pecked it. You will see animals VERY... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
FieldTrippin411
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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58 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Each time to go the park we come home with a great story. Last time we were watching the sandhill cranes, & one come up to the car window and pecked it. You will see animals VERY close!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Our visit was a weekday, early morning in October which I consider an optimum time. The park is officially listed as closing the end of October, however the entry clerk said weather permitting it may be open later on certain days. One of my favorites is the large elk herd doing their fall seasonal bugling. While much of the park... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to visit there are several animals that you see and the are facinating to watch while you are driving in your vehicle and also there is an area where you can pull off and park and get out to see some animals that are caged in and it is amazing how they don't know that... More 

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Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Just had our second visit. Last visit was several years ago in the spring. At this time of year (October) we were able to see pretty much all the animals (and even up close!) except for the turtles. Absolutely gorgeous with all the fall colors! We also really enjoyed the walking trail in the middle of the park. There is... More 

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Thank Tanja C
Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

We tried to go to the zoo over Labor Day but the parking lot was full 15 minutes after opening. So we decided to try the drive-through zoo instead. We saw lots of animals and had a good time walking around in the bear and Wolf area. Other than concession stand prices being very high we had a great time.

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Thank Guitarjess
Denver, Colorado
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great drive through zoo. If you want to see the bears and wolves you'll have to get out and hike, though. It's not really the easiest hike if you have stiller, but I think it could be done. The buffalo heard is really neat. It's nice to just pull off to the side of the road and watch them for... More 

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Thank Shaundra J
Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Enjoyed seeing the animals. I would suggest early morning as the animals are feeding. Be sure to drive a vehicle that can take rough terrain. If there is any rain the roads get very broken and bumpy.

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Thank mpcc1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This is a drive through place with a hiking portion. The hiking is cool because you can see bears and wolves. You have a choice as to how much you want to hike. We hiked around the wolf part and we were not disappointed because we saw 6 wolves in the woods. It was great.

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

All animals live there in heaven. Huge habitats and all they need. The visitor will see a lot of elk, deer, goose and ducks. Some cranes, two bears and I have spottet one wolve. Nice little farm as petting zoo for kids. But the drive through road is very damaged and hardly suitable for normal cars.

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Harrison
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

I'm not quite sure what everyone's hype is about this place. The only things to see here are Elk, Deer, Bison, a few Cranes, and some turtles. To say we were disappointed would be a serious understatement. I'm sure for most Nebraskan's this is an amazing sight, but we are transplants from Arkansas and see these things on a REGULAR... More 

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