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MacKenzie Center

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The MacKenzie center does a great job of displaying native Wisconsin and non-native animals alike... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
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Nice place

Love the vast wildlife preserve. The forestry and plants, trails, educational sites, and the... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2018
Dubuque, Iowa
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“fire tower”(2 reviews)
“prairie”(2 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, WI 53955
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

The MacKenzie center does a great job of displaying native Wisconsin and non-native animals alike. Safe is always friendly and willing to share. Exhibits are never crowded

Thank ethank529
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Love the vast wildlife preserve. The forestry and plants, trails, educational sites, and the animals. Great place to have a picnic, go for a hike, visit the animals, and learn something new all while relaxing and having fun. I know the habitats for the animals...More

Thank MFrench369
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Wonderful place! Beautiful hiking trails, picnic areas, native Wisconsin wildlife exhibit, logging museum, camping and more available to visitors. Many outdoor classes are held there each year including compass reading, fire building, fishing, hunting, archery, In spring there is maple sap collecting and learning how...More

2  Thank soupy1ster
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

MacKenzie Center is a great day trip from Madison. Learn about some environmental conservation and see some preserved animals from around the country. Great place for a hike or picnic with family.

1  Thank ThaiDean
Reviewed 5 October 2017

A nice way to spend a couple of hours. Some animals. Some history. Nice surroundings. Fall is pretty and in the spring have a maple syrup festival.

Thank beach4it
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Area of variety. We climbed the fire tower. Walked around the animal enclosures. There are bison, which we did not see. Red wolves, badger, barred owl, great horned owl, red tailed hawk, bald eagle, linx, red fox, river otter and deer. All the animals cannot...More

Thank Laura W
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Always a place on our list to try and visit once a year. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, it doesn't matter it is beautiful!

Thank K G
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is a great park setting for the whole family. Great sites for family cook-outs too. The animals on display are Wisconsin native & you see them up close. Nice museum too. Take a book along and hike on the wooded trails, stop at a...More

Thank dmmurray54
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We have been going to this place for 40 years. It's been me, my kids and now my grandkids. We always called it the "game farm". It's a great place for the kids to view and understand the animals of Wisconsin. All animals are in...More

Thank Darlene H
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We recently attended the Maple Sugar Festival at the MacKenzie Center. It was very crowded, but the staff and the Friends of the Mackenzie Center were there to make it as easy to navigate as possible. There were lots of signs letting you know where...More

Thank Karen N
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alan b
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Response from Darlene H | Reviewed this property |
Admission is free. It's a wonderful place. I've been going here for fourty years. There is a wooden carving of a spread wing eagle. All my grandkids get their picture taken with their arms wide open every year to see how... More