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“Loved it!”

Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Educational Park
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50 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“Loved it!”
Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We used to go here as a kid and for the first time I brought my kids. It was even better than I remember! Loved the picnic tables and tons of shade!

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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“Loved It!”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We are so happy we made the trip to Fawn-Doe-Rosa. We drove 90-minutes each way and it was worth the trip. Our 6-year-old son loves animals, and was excited for this visit. He was able to feed deer (I'm pretty sure they were does and young bucks), goats, sheep, ponies, llamas, geese. He was able to pet does and fawns, a de-scented skunk (the handler happened to bring it out while we were visiting), and hold bunnies to his heart's content. We also saw the following animals (including several babies), most of which were enclosed (in decent, clean homes): a porcupine, ferrets, woodchuck, wolves, fox, mountain lion, elk, chickens, piglets, ducks, otter, chinchilla, donkeys, bucks with antlers (and as a bonus, hundreds of tiny frogs that happened to be between ponds, and beautiful blue dragonflies flittering about- lucky timing I suppose). The curious otter took a break from swimming to stare us, and he was so cute with his whiskers. We were discouraged from feeding fawns, as their main diet is mothers' milk, but we could pet some of them (they were wary yet). Some of the deer were a little bossy, looking for food, but they weren't aggressive. The animals seem to know what the little brown paper feed bags are all about, and will suddenly be your best friend! This trip was a great value. The size of the park was larger than we expected, but still very manageable. We spent 3.5 hours there but we could have covered it in under two. We enjoyed just taking our time together, and not rushing around. We went on a Friday afternoon. There were many people there but it did not feel crowded at all. The animals appear very well taken care of. Of course wherever there are animals, there's going to be some poop (don't wear your favorite shoes), but the park is as clean as can possibly be expected, and is well-maintained. There is a pond with a footbridge over it. We warned our son not to approach any ornery-looking geese (especially with babies), not to pet deer from behind, and to be sure and feed animals with a flat palm, for safety, but did not feel an immediate threat at any point. We are glad we took the walk around the knoll to the big pond, as we saw several tiny fawns which were hidden in the grass. There is a small additional charge to ride the ponies in a circle. There's a height maximum limit; the exact number of inches wasn't posted, but it looked about 48" to me (you could probably call and find out). An adult has to walk around with kids riding the ponies for extra safety. You can buy lunch-sack-sized bags of feed in the gift shop for $1.50 each. The restrooms are adequate. There are picnic tables outside of the gates, where you can take a break. You can easily find a place to wash your hands, in the bathrooms or at the outdoor washing station. There are also several places with hand sanitizer. There are informational signs posted in a few places in the park, with workers available for questions. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and seemed to enjoy their work. I read this park has been open since the 1960's, and can see why it's survived. There's no concession stand. There are a few things to eat available in the gift shop, such as bags of chips and candy. Don't bring food into the park, you'll have plenty of four-legged friends who want to help eat those goodies. The gift shop had other neat trinkets, toys, candles, shirts, jewelry, gifts. Prices in the gift shop weren't bad, as far as a gift shop goes. Parking is close and convenient. If you're visiting on a day with light, scattered rain sprinkles, that probably won't be a problem. But I don't think a visit in pouring rain would be the best idea. You may want to call ahead if in doubt. There are fast-food places nearby, but not within walking distance. The area around St. Croix Falls has lots of neat antique and specialty shops. Turtle Lake Casino isn't too far. Taylors Falls (MN) is nearby, with an Interstate Park. We saw a couple of mini-golf courses in the area as well. We will return to Fawn-Doe-Rosa.

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Visited June 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

This place is awesome, deers are all over the place and you can feed them. If you are planning to feed them, I'm strongly suggesting you to enter the park as early as possible, all the visitors are feeding the animals, so they get full pretty quick. When I entered the park all the deers came to you want you to feed them, but after an hour or two, they start getting full and walk away from the visitor.

Visited May 2014
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East Midlands
Level 6 Contributor
358 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Great fun for children of all ages”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The friends we visited with were relatively local, so their teenagers had come previously. This was their choice to come again, but it was fun for us all. The animals all appeared to be well looked after, although the wolves were pacing a lot. You can feed the animals if you buy the bags of food in the shop. In addition to the animals there are quirky sculptures made from farm machinery. There are handwash points around the park. Everyone had a smile, so they must have been enjoying themselves. there is a shop by the entrance/exit with a wide range of souvenirs.

Visited August 2013
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Arlington, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“animals!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This place is a hit with any person I bring with me to visit. It's cool that you get to walk around by animals, feed them, see them roughhouse with each other. You get to see a bunch of random animals, raccoons, rabbits, goats, etc. I went a few weeks after a couple of the little babies were born and they are so cute. It costs I believe 8 dollars to get in, and you must buy a few bags of the food. My friend and I usually go through it twice each time we go visit. We always buy at least 5 bags of the food.

Visited July 2013
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