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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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Description: 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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A friendly little zoo

I went to the Lincoln zoo with my brother and his daughter and my son. It was a interactive zoo however everything cost extra ,i guess that's normal. It was a good way to kill... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Natishia H
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Columbus, Nebraska, United States
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Columbus, Nebraska, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I went to the Lincoln zoo with my brother and his daughter and my son. It was a interactive zoo however everything cost extra ,i guess that's normal. It was a good way to kill some time. You can get through it within 2 hours easy. It's a very cute little zoo.

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Conway, Arkansas
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26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a great zoo for Children. Not so big that you have to worry about parking or getting lost. You can spend an hour or even more if you want. True it is not the Spectacular Henry Dorley Zoo, but kids love it!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love the zoo. We can spend an hour or two, which is great with small children. My three year old granddaughter loves it. Fun play areas. Lots of opportunity to interact with animals. You can pet snakes, lizards, goats, llamas, etc. rWe are zoo members and visit three or four times a year. Nice mix, with an annual visit... More 

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Fairmont, Nebraska
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Don't expect this to compare with Henry Doorly, but, this is definitely a good time-killer for the kids. Our girls love it. There is also a train that takes you on the outside of the zoo to see everything. Worth a try.

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Dallas, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I took my grandchildren here and what a huge disappointment. This place is way to small to have any animals. It's ridiculous how small the enclosures are for these animals. The train ride was fun. I don't recommend anyone go here. I do recommend PETA coming here and see the horrible living conditions. The poor horses looked so sad, they... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The Lincoln Zoo in enjoyable for a smaller city like Lincoln. If I let my kids roam, I don't feel like I am going to lose them like I might at a larger zoo. They have some nice snacks and food options if you want to eat there and not leave.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lots of hands on experiences. Staff is terrific. Zoo treats animals like they are thier children and interaction between visitors and animals is encouraged. Education is part of the experience and the zoo has a Zoo School (part of the Lincoln Public School system). Several special classes and demonstratins for visitors. Zoo is hanidicapped accessable and very well laid out.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This zoo is great for families. It's big enough for little kids for an afternoon outting. Lots of great animals there, and treated great. Also have train and pony rides. My kids love to go there often.

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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great size for young children and old Grandma's! Very safe feeling...can let the kids roam. Lots of places to sit in the shade and enjoy watching the children interact with the staff showing the animals. Staff is young and knows the animals and explains about them very well. Enjoyed learning about them. Some rare animals that other, big zoos, don't... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The title of this review is not meant to be disparaging of the Lincoln Zoo at all...just simply the truth. Omaha's Zoo is a mega plex of fun...huge and ranked #1 in the world. Lincoln's zoo is a family oriented nice sized zoo that compliments the capital city of Lincoln. Ages that appreciate it the most are young children and... More 

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