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Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo

Ticheli Road, P.O. Box 123, Monroe, LA 71210
318-329-2400
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Monroe
Activities: Leisure education, Viewing wildlife
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Activities: Leisure education, Viewing wildlife
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We visited this zoo in mid-December, hardly the peak of the season but the weather was nice. I first came to this zoo in the 1970s, when I was in elementary school. Apparently since then the zoo has declined and rebounded at least once. Zoos are precarious. If they lose funding, they start to decline, and if they start to... More 

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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took my niece here in 2011 and she fell in love with the monkeys and they fell I love with her, she walked away and they went crazy she came back and they all became quite. I just wished they had more animal space for all the animals.

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Raymond, Mississippi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I recently visited with my children and did not expect much based on the reviews. My lowest expectation was better than what I saw. The best word to describe the experience is sad. I did not see many of the animals that were listed on the zoo map. There are more empty exhibits than exhibits with animals in them. The... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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95 reviews 95 reviews
13 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We visited here with low expectations after reading so so-so reviews. We have been to many well known zoos, but still enjoy visiting smaller ones too. This zoo was easy to walk around and we saw many animals (buffalo, lion, tiger, monkeys, black bear, zebra, rhinos...just to name a few). There is a boat ride to see animals and I... More 

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DeSoto, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My daughters and I often visit the local zoo when we travel and they enjoyed this one. My step mother does not like nature at all and there was an abundance here so she was very unhappy.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I took 2 of my grandchildren to this zoo when we were in Monroe. There weren't many animals around and some of the gardens looked to need some care. The tiger was beautiful and he swimming around in his very small habitat. The lion gave us a "roar" but again, her habitat was pretty small. There was supposed to be... More 

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Winnsboro, Louisiana, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was not impressed with my last visit to this zoo. We did make a mistake of going in the hot summer months. They were not many animals exhibits. It is run down. The staff is unfriendly. I did spend several minutes watching a tiger play and swim, the definite highlight of this trip.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Bernstien park became Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo when I was still in grade school. It was a showplace! Never big, but always clean and pretty, with lots of colorful plants and flowers and a wide array of animals to make a day at the zoo a treat. A dedicated bunch of volunteers have tried hard to keep the place... More 

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Monroe, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The animals themselves were ok. The shape of the grounds and the habitats were deplorable. Things just seemed to not be being taken care of. They have a building that is dilapidated and should be torn down. Just all in all not a good showing of a zoo.

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

it is not expensive , so you get what you pay for they have all kinds of animals and flower gardens a boat ride and gift shop the whole park doesn,t look appealing it is in need of some touch up here and there but if you have some time to spend in the Monroe area it,s worth a visit... More 

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