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Swetsville Zoo

4801 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins, Colorado 80528 USA

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Opens Fri 10a
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“unique park featuring metal art!”

World-famous metal-sculpture park featuring more than 150 folk art creations by Bill Swets.  Free admission but donations are welcome!

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Reviewed by
randy.l.olson

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
October 18, 2013
Rated 5.0

Went to folk art and it was fantastic. We met Bill Mets in his shop. He was building another creation. I hope he survived the flooding, the place is right next to the river. Great place to go and identify the parts of cars or trucks that he used to make his creations. Loved the place and highly recommend it for a stop on your trip

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
thadm12

  • 10 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 22, 2019
Rated 5.0

This place was great. We took a 2000 mile trip that included stops in 7 states and this was my wife’s grandpa’s favorite stop of the trip. Very cool and right near the highway.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Absynthe Minded

  • 18 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 16, 2019
Rated 5.0

AMAZING place to stop! It’s called “Swetsville Zoo” and looks like a old farm community. It’s a self-guided tour through part of the property. It looks like some of it is still residential and occupied although we didn’t see anyone else. There’s no charge but donations are welcome. There’s a Dropbox at the front of the main part of the “park.”

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cbrill

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

I give it 5 stars for creativity! This is really interesting quirky place to visit. The driveway is easy to miss, and you feel like you are pulling into someone’s property, but if you just pull in and park, the “zoo” is to your left. There weren’t any guides left when we went but the slot for them is high on the wall to your right as you enter. And the donation box is on your left as you enter. It’s a self tour. This was VERY FUN to see what was used to create each display, the artist definitely has an eye for what he builds. The location by the river is awesome! I am so glad we stopped and experienced this! It was very much worth stopping for!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Triumph56

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 18, 2018
Rated 4.0

Fun and diverse collection of folk art. A range of artistic expression using rebar, tractor seats, car parts and various iron scrap. Small, medium and large - some musical, some kinetic, a few painted. The artist's sense of humor and creativity is evident. Worth the stop for all ages but kids 3-13 will enjoy, too.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
flygirl_adri

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 02, 2018
Rated 4.0

Good place to get off and stretch your legs. Art work is cool. Parking is a bit weird so keep your eyes open

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jbayly

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
May 12, 2017
Rated 5.0

Awesome place! I highly recommend it. Parking is a little funny. We parked at Costco.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tina.WTF

  • 8 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 19, 2015
Rated 5.0

100% worth the stop! I absolutely loved the sculptures and the whimsy Bill Swets employs to each item - whether it's the Schultz tribute or a grinning Dino - these sculptures are a must see!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
llchisum

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
February 05, 2015
Rated 4.0

This is a neat place to get out and stretch your legs. We went really early in the morning and the sun was barely up so we did not see anyone else but the girls were glad to get out and stretch their legs. There is a short path surrounded by interesting up-cycled metal sculptures along the river. Would be a good place to bring a blanket for an interesting picnic.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
blessedkess

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 30, 2020
Rated 5.0

I took my kids here during our road trip across America. We were not disappointed. This was once a thriving tourist attraction but has long been forgotten. The family still lives there on sight. It is completely free. The original owner made all these amazing sculptures himself with no formal training. He even made a mini castle for the love of life. I want a man like that! This is a self guided tour. We packed a picnic and ate at the picnic table there. If you like art and unusual attractions this is for you.

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Swetsville Zoo

4801 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, Colorado
80528 USA

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  • Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 am
  • Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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