Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield

2.8
#10 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Illinois
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  • 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 time...  more »
  • This is a nice little zoo with a playground and a petting zoo. Nice variety of animals, enjoyed watching the tortuis and otter.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • For the size of Springfield as a city, this is a very nice zoo. Great cost. Small and intimate. Good variety of animals. Our kids loved it.
  • A pleasant parklike setting,. Shaded paths, family friendly. Mostly U.S. farm animals, but we saw a wolverine hunting for it's a dinner! There are two hyenas, two wolves, two large American cougars, vultures, Hawks, bears, large tortoises, bobcats, penguins, boa constrictors. Many Canada geese, goats, sheep, Shetland ponies and more. Easily spend several hours strolling the imaculate paths at an economical price. Love it!
  • It's always been a bit run down, but this time was particularly bad. Several exhibits look like they've been demolished, likely for improvement but still. Unsightly. Most of the animals stay in a corner or in their sleep box, and while it's not unexpected (it's hot out) it's still disappointing that the most active animals are the obnoxious geese chasing children around. I attend the zoo only on free days, and for good reason.
  • We had a wonderful time. It's not huge but our 4 year old and 1 year old could walk it and they realy got to take their time and enjoy it all!
  • Nice zoo for families with young children. Not big by any means, but that's what makes it good for kids.

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