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1100 E Lake Shore Dr
Springfield, IL 62712
Hours: 10:00- 5:00 CT
The Henson Robinson Zoo began as a dream of a prominent Springfield citizen by the name of Henson C. Robinson. In 1967, a tract of land was donated to the Springfield Park District by the City of Springfield to fulfill his dream. Construction of the zoo began in 1968 and on August 29, 1970, the Henson Robinson Zoo was officially opened. Over the years, the zoo has grown and expanded with the addition of several new animals as well as exhibits.
The zoo is now home to animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Over 80 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. The zoo participates in scientific research studies and conservation efforts in addition to providing a fun and educational environment for people of all ages. Some notable residents of Henson Robinson Zoo are African Penguins, Eurasian Vulture, African Painted Dogs, American Black Bears, Cougars, Spider Monkeys, Langurs, Boa Constrictor, Naked Mole Rats, Lemurs, and so much more!
Business: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Zoo Hours Open to the Public:April 2nd - Oct 31, open dailyNov 6 - Nov 28 | Sat & Sun only10:00 am - 5:00 pm*Last admission sold at 4:30 pm
$7.50 Adults (13-61 years old)
$5.50 Children (3-12 years old)
$5.50 Seniors (62+)
FREE - Children 2 years and under
Group Rates: for parties of 10 or more$4.50 Adults
HENSON ROBINSON ZOO1100 E Lake Shore Dr, Spfld IL 62712
Only qualifying service animals are allowed into the zoo. You must carry the proper identification in order to gain admittance with your service animal. All other private pets are not allowed inside the zoo.
We do have a small selection of strollers for rent, on a first come, first serve basis. We have two wheelchairs for loan with identification, but no ECVs. If you know you might need a wheelchair, it's best to call ahead to reserve for a specific time to make sure one is available when you plan to attend.
It typically takes about 1.5 hours to walk the entire zoo, but you can definitely spend as much leisure time on the grounds and stay to play on our ever popular playground!
No, concessions are sold at the gift shop.
Yes, there are designated areas to refill water bottles.
Sheltered areas are located throughout the zoo. We do recommend that you dress appropriately for the day's weather when at the zoo.
Parking is free, but it does require a fee to enter the zoo. You do not have to pre-purchase or reserve your tickets at this time.
Parties of 10 or more constitutes a "group," and are eligible for the discounted rates.
All groups must make a reservation before visiting the Zoo; admission is free.
If you are looking for group reservations within the next 30 days, please contact us for more information.
Please note: Group reservations are processed Monday through Friday. Requests for group reservations must be made a minimum of 72-hours prior to the date of your visit.
There is a drop off and loading area, but busses will need to park over at Center Park, just west of the Zoo parking lot.
These are just a few of the rules for the use of grounds and facilities with the Springfield Park District at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens. We expect that all vendors and patrons abide by our District Code of Conduct and will be held accountable for their behaviors when visiting the property. Please see a full copy of this document, just click the link to view. PARK DIST CODE CONDUCT