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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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Description: Drive-through adventure zoo's road leads visitors through several...
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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Drive Through Zoo

Nice area to drive through and visit the animals. They have a nice area for people to get out and walk on a nature trail to see wolves and other animals. Beautiful sites along... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Ashland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Nice area to drive through and visit the animals. They have a nice area for people to get out and walk on a nature trail to see wolves and other animals. Beautiful sites along the walk. The drive is relaxing and there are a multitude of animals/birds to see along the way. There is a lovely gift shop and zoo... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very slow drive up ticket window, someone else was using the cash register. I don't know how they handle a crowd, it was a slow spring weekday. Drive 7 mph maximum on rough gravel roads past fenced in elk, deer, pelicans, eagles, sandhill cranes, geese, and bison. I thought the eagle aviary was depressingly low. Leave the car for a... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Maybe stop only one in your life. At this safari they don't have much to see if they animals are don't outside.

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Kearney, Nebraska
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17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The animals can be a little hit or miss, but you are pretty much guaranteed to see something if you go through. There are some areas to pull over to see habitats such as wolves or eagles. I was partial to the small animal center near the entrance/exit. It is really nice to see the animals in a more natural... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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61 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

First a word of warning; don't go in the dead of summer in the middle of the afternoon. All the animals will be in shaded areas or near water trying to stay cool and you will see nothing. Spring and fall are the best time. We hadn't been here for several years (even though we only live 8 miles away!)... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

On googling, this safari came up. The directions are easy: take I-80 west, then exit 426. Surprised to see they charge per head and not per car: adult $6.50 each, kids (3-11 yrs) $4.50 each. Elk, white-tailed deer, pelican, turkey, crane, bald eagle, bison roam about; bear and wolve in enclosures. Right at the entrance there are cages for eagle,... More 

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North Platte, Nebraska
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65 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is great if you are from city. If you are from Nebraska and have been to SD or CO, then probably nothing new to see. It was definitely worth the price. I was actually hoping to see some of the elephants who were missing in the zoo this past weekend. The Henry Doorly Zoo is remodeling to make a... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Very nice and lots of fun for kids. Got to see the black bears and wolves get feed. Animals were all very close and active. Bald eagle

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stopped here on our way through Nebraska and it was worth it. We spend an hour and 20 minutes here. I consider this short just because it was on and off raining. You drive through a majority of the park but there is an area to walk and around and an area to pet goats that the kids loved.... More 

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Burlington, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We decided to do this, after seeing a sign in the Space Museum down the road. They do charge per person, in the car, which is odd, but whatever... It was alot of fun and the animals do get pretty close to you...we would recommend this to anyone. The buffalo are really cool to see....we did skip the wolf part,... More 

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