Lagoon Deer Park
Lagoon Deer Park
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Come and walk amidst a land of enchantment- as you stroll through the park you will be greeted by animals of all nations. You'll feed them by hand, and they'll follow you through the park. Pet these animals from Europe, Asia, South and North America, and Africa. You won't want to miss our NEWEST additions- over 75 new babies born each year! Take a break from the lake. Fish with us in our calm, cool, shaded lagoons. Fish brought in regularly, including catfish, bullheads, and carp. Also, largemouth bass, crappies, rock bass, and bluegill propagated on property.
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CDP
5 contributions
Sep 2020
WOW! What an amazing experience for any age, family, outdoor gathering or casual Sunday walk. This is truly a hidden gem along the North Shores of Lake Erie. There is something special about being engulfed within nature, the animals and this place.

The Ownership of this park are incredibly generous and deserve much affection from the community.

Pricing is incredibly generous, the entry exit is smooth with plenty of parking. Truly a special place for our family and friends.
Written September 9, 2020
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,313 contributions
Oct 2021
I had a great time mingling with and feeding the animals at Lagoon Deer Park. The animals can be a little aggressive (not in a mean way...they just want to be fed), so if you have small kids you will need to be vigilant. The food they sell is pretty cheap, so buy plenty. I found if you spread some of the food on the ground it keeps many of the animals occupied and they aren't all coming to you at once for food. This allows you to hand feed some of the animals individually. It also helps to keep moving.

If I had more time, I would have fed the fish in the lagoon. That looks like it would be a good time too.
Written October 28, 2021
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Bella F
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
Greatest thing ever. It was so fun to be followed by the animals and feeding them. The employee was probably the sweetest person I have ever met. I have read a lot of reviews about how the animals don’t follow you once the food is gone. They are animals. They aren’t meant to be at your beck and call the entire time you are there. I would 100% go back as I had the best time of my life.
Written September 5, 2021
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RLS240
Tucson, AZ13 contributions
May 2021
Went to this place based on reviews, the animals are mostly in make shift fenced in areas on big stone gravel. The grass around the area was overgrown & full of weeds. The animal cages were messy and they just look sad. The deer are in a herd at the gate & bite at the little bag of food you buy. The employee said just charge through them they are pregnant & hungry. We spent 10 minutes which included going to the bathroom. The bathroom which had no hot water, a broken lock, and no paper towels, Don’t waste your money. I’m giving two stars because at least the employee was nice.
Written May 29, 2021
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helffrde
Cleveland, OH127 contributions
Just got back from a week at Kelley's Island and on our way home we decided to stop in at Deer Park. As others have mentioned you could tell right away that the place was run down. As soon as we paid my 75 year old mother and 3 year old son had to use the restroom. The conditions were dplorable- no running water- filth EVEYWHERE!! Completely unsanitary. Anyways we went in to the park which was just a big fenced in area covered in dirt, gravel, and poop. It was fun to feed the deer that were walking around, however I have to question the quality of their living conditions. At one point we walked by a cage that had a few deer and a very large dead peacock which was very disturbing to my children- needless to say we left shortly after (35 dollars for a 25 minute trip). I would never return and have been concerend about the animals living there ever since I left. We will never return.
On a side note we went to Deer Park in Pymatuning PA last su,,er and thought it was wonbderful. Well kept, happy, helathy animals, clean restrooms, a train ride, and snack bar. Would definitely go back there again.
Written August 8, 2010
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beverlu
fremont, indiana3 contributions
We thought this would be a fun place to take several kids to. Couldn't find any reviews for it so we thought the brochures looked nice so we would try it.
We should have known it was not good just driving into the parking lot. Very run down looking entrance and the bathrooms looked like outhouses outside the building. Told the kids they have to wait to use the bathroom until we got back home.
Paid for the admission inside the gift shop and bought our bag of 2.00 peanuts to feed the animals. Went outside into this big fenced in area and greeted by deer right away. The park consisted of a giant fenced in area with the animals in fenced in cages surrounding a muddy stone filled area. The animals just did not look happy and in some cases not healthy. I have been to many zoos and this was just so sad to see these animals being cooped up in the cages. They may have been treated fine, but it left you with a really bad feeling leaving this place. I have to admit my kids enjoyed feeding the animals and no one had any problems, but i would never go back there again. I can't believe this is how these animals should live the rest of their lives like that. Maybe someone from peta should check this place out.
For something that has been in business for 50 years, i believe it looks like exactly like it did that long ago for it was very crude and unattractive. Save your money and go to a real zoo.
Written June 28, 2006
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Stacie H
Waldo, Ohio, United States77 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Getting to feed the deer was so incredible and fun. They followed us the entire time and even allowed us to pet them and seemed to enjoy being petted.Most of the animals appeared to be healthy.
My concern came in when we were walking around and looking at the animals in the fenced area. One there was little to no grass in those areas- I have goats and an area with some type of goats, along the right side, towards the back, near the llamas, raised concern to the point my kids were even a bit upset. In this area one or more of the animals had the poos... really bad, it was covering the ground and these goats looked very thin! One was a baby and I am not even sure how it was still alive, we could see its bones and it had missing hair my kids kept trying to get me to pry open the fence and bring the baby home to our barn. I think maybe they need wormed, some electrolytes for goats and hopefully that would solve the problem.
The mountain goats were in a small area and also looked kind of thin.
In the far left corner was a bull who we watched literally ram his head and get his horns caught in the fencing. He bent the gate.
I know this park expressed on signs that the cost of the animals and food has taken a toll on them financially and they had a jar for donations. I saw a sign about new babies born, which is great but vetting the deer to keep the mating and breeding down would in turn save on costs and hopefully allow them to continue.

I hope they are able to find away to continue but PLEASE be sure to keep an eye on all the animals, the upkeep of their pens and their health so as to not distress visitors and kids.
Written July 17, 2014
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purrfect30
Louisville, OH1 contribution
I disagree with the last post. I did not go to the restroom but would not expect it to be the Ritz way out in the country! The building was older but what matters is how the animals look. Their coats were shiny, they were friendly, and all were well fed and they werent having to walk around in poop. All the holding pens were nice size and clean. Honestly, I had a great time. We even went back in for more peanuts because it was such a good time feeding the MANY varieties of animals. With all the animals there one would expect a lot of bugs and a bad smell but that was not the case here. I truly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to everyone.
Written September 18, 2006
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MojaveMax
Fort Worth, TX174 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
We had marked this place for a stop during our vacation in Sandusky, OH. We made it today and it was everything we thought it would be and more. A family run affair: a petting zoo + fishing in a massive stocked pond (separate transactions). This facility has been in the family for 58 years... and still family run. The feed is inexpensive to buy, and a variety of it is available. The park is well kept and the animals appeared to be clean and healthy. There are about 200 head of goats, deer, sheep, mountain sheep, llamas, etc. All very well behaved. The animals are kept in large pens on the perimeter of the property and the operator lets out just enough to recognize the number of visitors. Had a great time feeding the animals. Expect to spend an hour. Nice souvenirs in the gift shop.

Go. You won't be disappointed.
Written August 5, 2014
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dianeoh1950
Sylvania, OH252 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
Hundreds of deer, some penned, some running about, very blantant about getting to that bag of feed you are carrying around. Well, contained park. Peacocks. A fishing pond outside the enclosure. An hour or so does it.
Written March 16, 2015
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