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Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield

(3.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • Great atmosphere very enjoyable day. For a Small zoo there was a lot to see. We would go back Can not compare it to the St. Louis zoo, there were plenty of animals.  more »
  • This is a nice place to go. Many things to do here during the summer. I was here in the fall and that limits some of the activities.  more »
  • What we got to see was nice. Unfortunately they had a couple of exhibits closed off as well as the feeding area (my favorite part). $12 is a bit much for such a small zoo, especially when you don't ge...  more »
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  • Why 5 stars? Is the best zoo I have ever been too? No, but it is the best zoo for what it is, a SMALL regional zoo. It is nice because to see everything, it does not have to be an all day event. You can go, see all or most of the animals, eat a lunch at its small cafe, and feed the giraffes within 2 or 2.5 hours. The animals are not sickly, I doubt those who say otherwise are experts in the field. The animals might not be out when you come to see them because they can go into their shelters whenever they like. Alligators look "dead" in the zoo because they survive by being invisible in the wild. Seriously, I have never seen an "active" alligator until they are catching their prey. The elephants look like elephants, deer look like deer, peacocks wander because they are not enclosed, and the bear sleep because they are bears. All animals have access to water, you just might not see it because it is in their "private quarters". There are so many young kids working there because this zoo partners with local universities for people to get their PhD's and B.A's in a variety of programs like zoology. They are all very talented and care deeply about their animals. Yes, zoo's always need more money but they are not going to get more money by reviewers telling them, "Stay Away!", silly thought. This is a small zoo in a town with exceptionally high numbers of families at or below the poverty line. They are good at what they can do for what they are. You cant go to these huge zoo's and feed the animals but because of the low number of visitors you can do that here. For that, they get 5 stars from me.
  • My family loves the Dickerson Park Zoo! So much fun even for me, I felt like a kid again. Very pretty and lots of peacocks very beautiful.
  • There were more animals here than I expected. How the most impress thing was the play areas. There are 2 sets of playground equipment outside of the zoo with a pavilion and bathrooms. Then there is another set of playground equipment inside. The biggest downside of visiting was navigating the narrow parking area. Also it is very hilly and I think it would not be a good place to bring someone with limited mobility.
  • Great place to take the kids. I get an annual pass every year! Love it.
  • It's not a spectacular zoo but it's still alot of fun and has some good exhibits.