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Address: 1545 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, IN 47720
Phone Number: 812-435-6143
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Overall a very nice zoo for the area

My wife and I have been here several times now and enjoy our visits. This is a great place to for for a half day visit, not enough here for a full day really but for the price a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have been here several times now and enjoy our visits. This is a great place to for for a half day visit, not enough here for a full day really but for the price a half day is well spent here. As others mentioned it is very hilly, walk the zoo and take a paddle boat... More 

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Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

I understand the zoo can't fix everything at once due to money but there are some major eye sores in this zoo. Some spots just look abandoned. It is a shame the community can not raise more money for this zoo. It brings in a good amount of people still but that is because there is not much else around!... More 

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Richmond, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A wonderful zoo! Great family attraction! Fun for all ages. If you are ever in town during February the Orchid Exhibit is beautiful!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We really liked this zoo. We visited on the day they introduced their new sun bear, so they had some events going on. Loved the giraffe feeding as well. Staff was not the best - attendant didn't even know what time zone they are in - but that didn't detract from visit.

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Southern Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The Mesker Park Zoo is an ideal place to enjoy an outing with grandchildren! It is easily accessible and the perfect size for all ages of children---and adults included! Amazonia is a wonderful addition. If you are unable to maneuver the hills, you can catch a ride on the tram for a small fee or if you are a zoo... More 

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e'ville
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Amazonia isn't just filled with exotic animals, but exotic plants and flowers as well. During the warmer month, colorful flowers abound. In addition to typical zoo animals to view, there's a pond with paddle boats. That allows visitors to see things from a totally different angle and viewpoint.

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Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We were visiting the Evansville area for 4-days and decided to go there on an early March day. The weather was garbage (cold and raining), but we love the Amazonian Exhibit, which is indoors, so we stayed indoors. The rest of the Zoo is kind of hard to get around when it's raining and cold, so we're gonna make a... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

It was cold on our visit so planned on seeing the orchid exhibit. We expected a simple straight forward display. Instead we walked through the Amazon exhibit and saw the orchids displayed around the path. We were able to see tapir, ibis and other animals as well. Costs of zoo admission included the orchid display. Admission was low because winter... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This zoo is not big enough for the animals it houses. Many animals have small cages/exhibits that are clearly not big enough for any animals. This is the first zoo I've been to where I've felt this way and it is very sad to see. No real unique animals to or interesting exhibits. I will not return

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Evansville, Indiana
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This past weekend we went to visit our local zoo. It had been years since we had visited and it was a nice sunny February afternoon. The admission was cheaper than normal since it is out of season. The Amazon part is beautiful and in February they have a display of Orchids. So many different types to look at and... More 

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