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Address: 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL 62707
Phone Number: 217-753-6217
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South...
More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo home.
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Pleasant afternoon

This provides a pleasant afternoon for families with young children. If you are familiar with "big" city zoos, this will seem quite small.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This provides a pleasant afternoon for families with young children. If you are familiar with "big" city zoos, this will seem quite small.

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Chatham, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This small zoo is very kid friendly especially for ages 8 and younger. We visit several times a year and its never crowded - except for the wonderful events they offer. If you want an intimate zoo experience without the business of the larger zoo venues, this is the place. Bathrooms are clean and parking is easy. Snack shop, souvenir... More 

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Springfield
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

It's safe to say the Henson Robinson Zoo is not going to offer the same experience as say the St. Louis Zoo or Brookfield Zoo. With that out of the way...Henson Robinson Zoo is a nice little zoo to take the kids. Plenty of active animals to keep everyone busy. My family enjoys the red wolves, owls, monkeys and lemurs.... More 

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Springfield
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a small zoo that does a tremendous job! Very inexpensive and great employees! If you need to kill a few hours you won't regret it regardless of your age.

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Springfield, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Where are all the giant cats? The Giraffe? The ZEBRA? If I wanted to look at horses, ponies, and a donkey I could drive through the country. Small enclosures for the animals and they look sad. Also, the geese tried very had to eat my French fries. Maybe I'm just too old for this zoo and I expect too much.... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Aging zoo. Just depressing with mostly empty habitats. Yes, Springfield is a small town but the disrepair of this zoo is inexcusable.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We take the grandkids every year when they are in town. They are little - 7 and younger so they enjoy the train and the peacocks. The zoo is small and just about right for them to see everything without it being too long of a day. It's a nice outing.

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Springfield, IL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a cute little zoo. Very good for such a small city. It is limited in what it offers, but it makes the best of it. Good for kids as there are a lot of "hands on" activities for the little ones.

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Wooster, Ohio
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100 reviews 100 reviews
79 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

We were lucky enough to go on a day that was free to all which started our visit out right! This zoo is very small, but the animals they have put on a good show. All the habitats area good size for each animal and most animals are at least in pairs. You are able to feed the goats and... More 

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Roselle, Illinois
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122 reviews 122 reviews
45 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

My daughter is studying to become Veterinarian - so this was a must stop for her. I wasn't too sure what to expect from some of the other reviews, but I like to keep my mind open, knowing that this cannot possibly compare to big city zoos. The local children were there in costume, trick and treating at various stations... More 

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