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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

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Address: 1545 Mesker Park Dr, Evansville, IN 47720-8224
Phone Number: 812-435-6143
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Small Zoo in a Shaded Park Setting

This zoo is a mix of old and new. The tree lined winding paths past a few scattered ponds help set a leisurely slow pace which is perfect for a zoo this size. There are plenty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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154 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is a mix of old and new. The tree lined winding paths past a few scattered ponds help set a leisurely slow pace which is perfect for a zoo this size. There are plenty of different animals to see but we were able to take our time to enjoy each exhibit. We've been to larger and smaller zoos... More 

Thank JWhyJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The enclosures are pretty small and sad. I took my boyfriends little brothers there and the leopard? was just pacing back and forth in this very small enclosure. It looked bored out of it's mind. Far from an upscale zoo. Do not recommend.

Thank Corrine P
Evansville, Indiana
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am a member, and love this zoo as a great walking place. The staff is always so friendly, and the zoo is well maintained. Of coures, I love seeing all the animals too. The annual Orchid Show is definitely something to see.

Thank Cathy W
Evansville, Indiana
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Sorry, but the zoo needs more animals than what it has. Chimps, lions, elephant, hippo and gorillas would be nice. They depend too much on the botanical which is ok. Zoo is suppose to be getting a form of hot weather penguins but that is not enough in my opinion. Zoo is not worth the money you pay.

Thank RoseBudMamaw
Yuma, Arizona
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60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Animals seen well taken care if here. I've been in many zoos in the world and this place appears to be managed well.

Thank Kirk W
Dallas, Texas, United States
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

Considering how small Evansville is, this zoo is extraordinary. Amazon exhibit is great, the walking paths are beautiful. The old historical exhibit buildings are extremely cool.

Thank Jasson B
Clearwater, Florida
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99 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Went to the zoo with family and had a blast. Some of the animals like Bunny the elephant and Donna the hippo are long gone. Miss the monkey ship and the carousel. The carousel is supposedly in the works to be brought back, and I am hoping the monkey ship will be given a new life of some sort. There... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

I love visiting the zoo and going walking, that's why I became a member recently. I love being able to visit whenever I want to and the membership lets me do that. It could use a little updating, but it's nice to see that they are doing that through the budgie exhibit and other things right now.

Thank AnonymouslyAnony2016
Marion, Illinois
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

little zoo. lots of uphill walking. Amazonia was great. the red panda was so cute. a little splash pad for the kids

1 Thank Frank S
Owensville, Indiana
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Mesker is a pretty good zoo and is getting better. The giraffes are my favorite. Amazonia is pretty awesome. There are many things in the works and I am looking forward to the improvements. There is a lot of walking at this zoo.....uphill. it is a good idea to rent a stroller/wagon unless you want to end up carrying your... More 

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