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Henson Robinson Zoo

1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL 62707
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Ranked #20 of 32 Attractions in Springfield
Type: Zoos
Description: More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo home.
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Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The zoo was really interesting to see with animals that has information about what their future holds.

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Kimberly, Idaho
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We arrived at the Springfield zoo a little worried that it was going to be a bust. It was very small and it was raining. It turned out that both of these things worked in our favor for a great experience. The small zoo still had an array of animals. The zoo was set up in such a way that... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Anytime I travel, I visit the local zoo and I really like this little zoo! For being so small they have an abundance of animals! They have a large variety of primates and you can get really up close to them! The layout of the zoo is really neat and very natural with some rolling hill areas which allow the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews 91 reviews
12 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This used to be a great little zoo but that was years ago. The TA description says "300 animals" and maybe in someone's dreams is that true because there's certainly not 300 animals here. Many cages are bare and many enclosures inhabited by animals are unkempt. Many areas where there should be water are dry. Animals that were in view... More

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Fairmount, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

the zoo is small but we loved it. went with my son and grandson . the monkees was best part , had so much fun watching them. a nice pretty zoo too. and very resonable prices too.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We saw lots of animals. Wolves at play, peacocks showing their feathers, cougars, turtles eating, mocking monkeys, and a lot more. Gift shop is decent. Price is cheap. Well worth what there is to see. Lots of play ground equipment and picnic tables. We brought a cooler with water and sandwiches and had a picnic. Only 1 animal was MIA:... More

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East Peoria, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The zoo is small with a limited number of animals. My 5 year old enjoyed it while we were there. Don't expect to spend the whole afternoon there, maybe 45 minutes or so. The price was reasonable. We bought the family pass for $60 that is used for other zoos around the country. That was a great deal. They have... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Definitely worth stopping if you're in the Springfield area. Smaller zoo (only took us about an hour to walk around), but they have some unique animals and you can tell they're taken care of well (always a fear of mine when you hear about the smaller places). There are some fun animal sculptures scattered throughout the zoo, you can get... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We were excited to see the animals. Little did we know many of the animals were MIA!!! Bears-none; penguins- after looking through a very dirty glass window there was one hiding between barrels; tortoise---nada; spider monkey--Aldo missing. Perhaps the animals were still housed for winter. However, you would think there would be a sign stating such. We felt a little... More

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Springfield, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Small, but a nice variety. Petting area, native species and a few unique exotics, South African penguins are a favorite. The peacocks roam free and are very entertaining.

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