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Henson Robinson Zoo

1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL 62707
217-753-6217
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Ranked #20 of 30 Attractions in Springfield
Owner description: More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo home.

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Springfield
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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79 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Sun City, Arizona, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Not a lot of animals but we did have a fun time feeding the birds and fish. Train ride was OK - could have taken a different trail instead of going the same way twice. All in all a nice time.

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Decatur, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My family and I actually visit this zoo a lot. It's small but enjoyable. They have a nice habits for the most part. They have peacocks, ducks, and swans that they let roam around the zoo and a really nice pond were you can feed the birds. They have a little "train" that you can buy tokens to ride, which... More 

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Urbana, Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We stopped by the Henson Robinson Zoo looking for something to do on a Sunday in Springfield. The zoo is somewhat small but overall very fun. It was not crowded at all, so we were able to spend quite a bit of time watching the animal.

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