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Lincoln Children's Zoo

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Address: 1222 South 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone Number: +1 402-475-6741
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Lincoln Children's Zoo is rated among the best zoos for children by Parent...

Lincoln Children's Zoo is rated among the best zoos for children by Parent Magazine and is home to over 400 animals, including the world's smallest monkeys (pygmy marmosets), ring-tailed lemurs, dromedary camels, red pandas, meerkats, and more!. Over 40 of our animals are endangered, including the Humboldt Penguin, Amur leopard and Matschie's tree kangaroo. Featuring interactive Zoofari stations with Larry the Cable Guy, up-close animal encounters and the historic ZO&O Railroad, the Zoo is the perfect destination for the entire family. Lincoln Children's Zoo's mission is "to enrich lives through firsthand interaction with living things."

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Unique educational and hand-on experience

The Lincoln Children's Zoo prides itself on people/animal up close looks and encounters. Many opportunities to touch and interact with various animals, always with educational... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lincoln Children's Zoo prides itself on people/animal up close looks and encounters. Many opportunities to touch and interact with various animals, always with educational information available.

Thank GaryHill
Lincoln, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Have always love the experiences at the Lincoln Children's Zoo especially as my own kids were growing up. And now we get to experience it all over again with grandkids. Lincoln Children's Zoo is always working to improve and expand the fun and learning that they bring to the city. Truly one of the gems in this great city!

Thank Brady W
Lincoln, Nebraska
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

It's a nice little zoo. They have a wonderful large sandbox and good play areas. I also noted a nice birthday party area. They have a good variety of animals. The penguins are fun to watch. They have a petting zoo and you can ride horses, all for additional cost. Feeding the camels is fun (extra fee for this). On... More 

Thank specialteacherokc
Lincoln, Nebraska
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

This zoo is great to spend the day at with young kids. Lots of different animals and location is close to lots of great local restaurants and attractions. This zoo also offers great events for summer camps, halloween and Christmas. Also very impressed with all the animal encounters they offer.

Thank apeters1088
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This zoo is a lot of fun for smaller kids. The animals are not that exotic, but you can have plenty of close encounters. The grounds are landscaped beautifully, and the zoo is mostly shaded. The train is exciting for small tots as well. Fun place to stroll around.

Thank Beka R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

This zoo is very entertaining. Lots of exhibits and things to see. Nice snack bar or lunch options for the family. Will visit here on a regular basis.

Thank JaneMarne
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We took our grandson to the Lincoln Children's Zoo. There are so many areas for young children to climb and play, and the exhibits allow them to see many of the animals up close. The zoo is nicely laid out and has lots of shade. I was very impressed with the park!

Thank Terri H
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

we was there during halloween week, it was wonderfull, my grand son enjoyed very much with all the candies given by the organization, and he even reveived a badge of junior policeman . we had a lot of fun.

Thank Henryhougaz
Lincoln, Nebraska
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Just an amazing place for Lincoln, NE!! This zoo is a wonderful attraction for the Lincoln community. Omaha has the best zoo in the country, but I feel that Lincoln has the best children's zoo. It's great for children to get up close to some of the animals. There is always learning opportunities at the zoo. The staff is A+++... More 

Thank BbqCubsfan
Waverly, Nebraska
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Our family with young kids loves to visit this zoo. They do a fantastic job of education and engagement. We visit a few times each month and spend about an hour each time. My boys favorite part is catching butterflies in the butterfly pavilion.

Thank Kori J

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