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Zoo in Forest Park

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Address: 302 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA 01138
Phone Number: 413-733-2251
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This zoo, featuring over 200 exotic and domestic animals, was the...

This zoo, featuring over 200 exotic and domestic animals, was the inspiration for Dr. Seuss and his stories. Dedicated to wildlife education, the zoo provides educational programs for children and adults.

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Great park

Great little park especially for small children. Great little zoo, nice pond and areas to picnic. In the summer the have a fun sprinkler area for kids and a swimming pool. Nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015
amariHartfordCt
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hartford ct
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New York City, New York
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75 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Animals just shouldn't be in captivity. We went last year and this zoo is very small and nothing special for the price. Then we found out last winter that some of the monkeys died over the winter as their winter enclosures were not warm enough. That says a lot about how well the animals are all cared for. The zoo... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Very nice is part of Forest Park although there is a fee it goes to helping these animals that would other wise not making out in the wild.

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

They have over 100 species of animals. Very clean and safe. Camels, monkeys, wolfs, bears, etc. he zoo itself is very easy to navigate. It is basically one big circle and is filled with plenty of signage to help keep you moving in the right direction. Though the zoo is nice, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of animals... More 

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hartford ct
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Great little park especially for small children. Great little zoo, nice pond and areas to picnic. In the summer the have a fun sprinkler area for kids and a swimming pool. Nice way to spend the day.

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Thank amariHartfordCt
Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Took my 2 year old Granddaughter on a Sunday afternoon. She couldn't stop talking about it. Lots of animals. She loved how the animals walked around freely. Took a train ride and played in the playground.

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Thompson, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

. We spent 2 hours here feeding and looking at the animals. We talked to some of the workers about the animals. They were very nice and answered my husbands questions. We had a great time here. Will definitely be back.

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Thank ShelleyZad
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I come here a couple of times a year with my family. My girls are younger and its small enough where they don't get tired of walking endlessly, but big enough where you can stay for a couple of hours and see tons of stuff. There is a few indoor exhibits and a gift shop that's fairly priced. It doesn't... More 

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Thank Itsmeflb82
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

We purchased a family year pass into the zoo along with an "park entry pass". In 2 visits the pass would pay for itself. When you buy the pass they mail your card along with 2 free train ride vouchers ( not sure what this is worth) and 2 free bags of crackers/food ($2 x2=$4 value). Nice size zoo with... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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199 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

$5.00 out-of-state fee to get into Forest Park. We initially saw a sprinkler park and pool that looked like fun had we come prepared. I suspect there is enough to do at this lovely city park to warrant the fee. We used a groupon to help save $ but admission to the zoo isn't outrageous for a pleasant hour or... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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90 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Sneeze and you might drive past the entrance on your left and have to drive the one-way circuit again. Park for the zoo where you see the playground -- the playground is in front of the main gate. This zoo doesn't have lions and bears, but it does have many smaller creatures that will delight smaller children such as bonobos,... More 

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