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Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley

#9 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Illinois
Niabi Zoo spans 40 acres of the Quad Cities in Coal Valley, IL. Surrounding Niabi Zoo is an additional 200 acres of forest preserve, which has been set aside for the preservation of native plants and animals. Niabi Zoo is home to 330 animals representing more than 140 species.

Approximately 250,000 visitors a year make Niabi Zoo one of the largest and most popular attractions in the Quad Cities. The zoo grounds also offers a playground, a train ride, endangered species themed carousel, picnic areas, and concession stands.
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  • The zoo is a little difficult to find, as it is off the beaten path but it was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Plenty of parking, though it isn't free, it is close. The zoo is reasonably priced ...  more »
  • We took a day trip to this zoo and enjoyed it a lot. It’s very inexpensive, has enough animals to keep you busy and several small kids rides. This zoo seemed cleaner than most and the animals seemed a...  more »
  • My daughter was turning 23 and she lives in the area, and it's been 20 years since we visited this zoo. So this was one of the things planned for the day. It's a cute little zoo. It's nice to be able ...  more »
  • Love this place. We buy members passes every year and use them all summer. Great way to spend the day. If you are a member there are extra perks like night visits and early openings with less visitors. Lots of animals to see and zoo staff is very helpful. Just opened the oceans exhibit and we were very impressed .
  • Great little zoo! Lots of different animals to see. Great for kids and it is an easy walk. Has a train around the zoo and parakeets you can feed. New things are being added and exhibits are being updated. So check them out!
  • WOW a brilliant zoo! We saw all the animals, released butterflies, pet goats, fed the giraffes & birds. A fun filled day.
  • Went to this zoo on a whim with my dad (I'm 17). It is a great smaller city zoo. Diverse selection of animals and not too many of any one type. Very clean and affordable. The staff were awesome as well. The animals set to be well-cared for in good-sized clean enclosures.
  • It is nice for a small zoo. For bringing small children too it seems perfect since it takes only about an hour to an hour and a half to look through. By that time the kids are usually ready to sit and eat. There is a playground with plenty of picnic tables as well if they want to play some more. Also, not too expensive, they have a train ride, a carousel, option to feed goats, fish, giraffes, and birds. Those all cost extra, the cheapest being feeding the goats or fish.

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