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Swetsville Zoo
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4801 E Harmony Rd Fort Collins, CO 80528
4801 E Harmony RdUSCOFort Collins80528
(970) 484-9509
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4 reviews
Funky roadside area highlights whimsical animal sculptures made from scrap metal, car parts & more.- Google
People talk about scrap metal, farm equipment, metal sculptures, old car parts and interesting places
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Brooke Osbon
reviewed 2 years ago
Definitely worth the stop!
Liked: Really cool metal work, Very talented, with great imagination.
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Fred Frey
reviewed a year ago
A Google User
reviewed 4 years ago
(although, they do take donations) :) We have lived in Fort Collins for a few years, but just never made time to head out to Swetsville Zoo till last summer (2009). I don't know a whole lot about its history other than what you can find by Googling it. It's a private area (the owners still live on the land) filled with sculptures that the owner/creator crafted from scrap metal (dinosaurs, animals, flowers, fantasy vehicles, large bugs, etc.). For some reason (I guess having driven past it on the way to Timnath/Windsor) I expected it to be larger than it is. At least during the time we were there, you could walk to the right, and you could walk to the left, but really, the rest of it (if there is anything in between) was closed off, which was a bit disappointing. It was a nice day out, and we expected to get a bit of a walk in while looking at all of the sculptures. In addition, there are two buildings up front that look like they might normally be open, but they weren't the day we were there. Also, there was no one around - no volunteers, no owners... it was a little strange and empty. (In looking up more information on the "zoo" it looks like it may have been more grand years ago; it seems that the family has faced some health troubles and whatnot that may have changed the "zoo's" operation.) Anyways, really neat and inspiring stuff to stop and look at, and if you want to just get out and stretch your legs for a bit, this would be a good place to do it! If you're traveling along I25 and plan to stop for a bite to eat, don't plan on picnic-ing there though, I don't remember seeing anywhere designated for such things (you kind of have to remember this is still where the owner's home is located). They have recently opened a Super Walmart almost right across the street (not going to get into the politics of that here though) that I believe has a Subway inside of it, and I'm sure you could find a place to hang outside there to eat your snack/meal (whether you pick something up in the store or have brought something with you).
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kymbre hester
reviewed 3 months ago