Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield

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Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
The Henson Robinson Zoo is a private nonprofit zoo owned and operated by the Springfield Park District. The zoo was built in 1968–1970 on the eastern shore of Lake Springfield to serve the population of Central Illinois, and opened in 1970. As of 2018, the zoo housed more than 300 animal specimens representing more than 80 species. The zoo charges an admission fee.
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  • This was a nice little zoo that families can enjoy. It's not as big as Brooktfield zoo but it's very enjoyable as they have an assortment of small animals and exotic birds to look at and they have an....  more »
  • This is a fairly small zoo but well maintained. Unfortunately is was a very brisk fall day and a lot of the warmer weather animals were off of exhibit but some of the others like the bears and...  more »
  • Really a nice little zoo right off the lake in Springfield! First time I have been able to visit, because it has been closed the last few times I try (I’m usually here in winter). All of the animals....  more »
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  • This is a great zoo! It's never too over packed! Our family enjoys not being in the bigger crowds. Although I wish the zoo got more attention, I know when we go there its never to chaotic to let my kids run ahead of me a little bit and not worry about them getting lost. They also have a play ground inside the zoo!
  • We had a great trip to Henson Robinson Zoo! It was a relaxed enjoyable time, without the overwhelming crowds and longer drive. We are very fortunate to have such a clean, well run zoo so close to home. Please support these places. You won't regret it.
  • This was an amazing experience for my two year old granddaughter. After four hours, she still didn't want to leave. The exhibits were amazing, clean, plenty of water and food for the animals. The staff was so nice and told us the donkey is Jasper and one of the horses is named Liberty. My granddaughter made fast friends at the playground, which was fantastic. Thank you Henson Robinson Zoo for making the a very memorable event for my granddaughter!
  • I absolutely loved this zoo! You can walk right up to the enclosures and the animals all see very active and happy. They have a lovely little gift shop and their train rides are the best! It's only $2 a person and goes around the entire park. Their $5 stroller rentals are worth every penny! We had a 5 year old and a 3 year old and they loved it. I can't wait to take the kiddos back again.
  • We love taking the girls here. It's fairly cheap family entertainment and the little ones always learn something new.

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