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Address: 1100 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712-5536
Phone Number: 2175851821
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America...

More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo home.

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Fun... Educational!

We visited this zoo for the first time last weekend and we all enjoyed it. It's small, but well kept. They had quite a nice variety of animals. (Cougars, penguins, tortoises... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this zoo for the first time last weekend and we all enjoyed it. It's small, but well kept. They had quite a nice variety of animals. (Cougars, penguins, tortoises, monkeys, Bald Eagles, etc.) We took all three of our boys, ranging in age from 14-2. We all enjoyed it. It's super small in comparison to the Saint Louis... More 

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Mansfield, Ohio
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On our travels throughout the country we try to find anything to do with animals wherever we go. We love finding little gems like this. Sure it's not huge, and sure it doesn't have all the frills, but this place has character! We came with less than hour left of closing, and we practically had the place to ourselves on... More 

Thank ohiogirlcm
Springfield, Illinois
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48 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An educational and fun place to take the kiddos to spend an afternoon. Has quite a variety of animals and even a playground! We enjoy this activity!

Thank Talbish
Hannibal, Missouri
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64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's hard to look at this as a zoo. If I look at it as something much smaller where children can interact and get excited about some animals--yes, that would work better. There's not going to be much flash, yet it is kind of nice to stroll around and see some animals that are fairly up-close. And not every animal... More 

Thank anderson213
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a couple of hours to kill, and a local waitress recommended this small wonder. I grew up in Chicago. My local zoos are the world class Brookfield Zoo, and the smaller Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago near Lake Michigan. Since I became too physically challenged for Lincoln Park Zoo, I've not been to a zoo, This zoo is... More 

Thank C6920ASstephaniel
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The zoo is located over by the Lake. I've been to many a zoo but this one was quaint with an extensive population of animals. We saw eagles, penguins, a sloth, snakes, monkeys and more. Even saw a deer that wasn't in captivity. Great education classes for the kids too. Pleasant way to spend an afternoon in Springfield.

1 Thank iKimmieD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Good weather and say many animals. Kids had fun. Most animals got up close. Nice little walk through the park. Took us about an hour to see all the animals. This is good if you have small children!

1 Thank Jodi K
Avon, Illinois, United States
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58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

I haven't been to any major zoos. But this little zoo is not well kept. They don't mow. There are several animals that do not have a partner and that made me sad for them. The penguins were really neat. That's about it.

Thank Terra F
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

This zoo is pretty small, which is perfect for families with little kids. They have a nice variety of animals , biggest being a bear.

1 Thank tiffanyhudd
Springfield, Illinois
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the visit with kids aged 3-13. They have enough interesting animals to make it worthwhile. I would not recommend it for out of towners as it pales in comparison to the larger city zoos. I am thankful it is here to take my kids to from time to time. Bear was interesting. The gibbons were entertaining. Loved the... More 

Thank Mark A

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