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Henson Robinson Zoo

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1100 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712-5536
+1 217-585-1821
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This is a very small zoo that doesn't have very many animals. Many of the signs are missing. You... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
Springfield, Illinois
Nice little zoo

This is a nice little zoo with a playground and a petting zoo. Nice variety of animals, enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Amy S
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More than 300 animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America call this popular zoo home.
  • Excellent19%
  • Very good40%
  • Average27%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“petting area” (2 reviews)
“small train” (2 reviews)
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1100 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712-5536
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

This is a very small zoo that doesn't have very many animals. Many of the signs are missing. You used to be able to feed the goats and they removed the food machine. Many zoos have animal feeding times or animal encounter times posted, but...More

Thank jennifernicole396
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This is a nice little zoo with a playground and a petting zoo. Nice variety of animals, enjoyed watching the tortuis and otter.

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have been to this zoo many times, it is a smaller zoo. You will not find lions and tigers here. They have very friendly penguins that will come right up to you with a small chain link fence between you, they like attention. They...More

5  Thank Tracy1215
Reviewed 26 September 2016 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...More

2  Thank Trips4Me83
Reviewed 16 September 2016

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...More

2  Thank FromSea2ShiningC
Reviewed 6 September 2016

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
Reviewed 29 August 2016

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...More

Thank anderson213
Reviewed 29 August 2016

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...More

1  Thank C6920ASstephaniel
Reviewed 25 August 2016

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...More

2  Thank KdVoyage
Reviewed 21 August 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!

2  Thank Jodi K
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1 June 2017|
Response from Tracy1215 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know you can bring things in. There is also a playground and picnic area across the street.
17 April 2016|
Response from Spartan480 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's around $5 or $10/person and kids are free. You can buy a year-long membership for $35/person or $60/family and that allows you unlimited visits at no additional cost for the duration of your membership.