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Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley

3.6
#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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  • August 14, 2017
    We are from St. Louis with one of the largest zoos in the country and it's free. But, we still like to visit other zoos. This looked like a fun place to try since it was smaller and we could explore t...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Very nice place to visit. The staff is very friendly and the place is very clean. Most of the animals were out and easy to see. The only negative was 3.00 fee to park, when it cost 8.50 to get in.  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    This is a small scale zoo. They charge $3 to park and the admission cost depends on your activities. Before you get to the admission/ticket booth, plan what you want to do in advance. The ticket prici...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    Enjoyed our family visit. Lots if animals to see close up. One of the indoor exhibits needed more ventilation and/or cages cleaned. There was staff available to educate about environmental and sustainability issues. Enjoyed the visit.
  • May 27, 2017
    It's a nice small zoo. Enclosures are clean and decently sized. Food is overpriced like most zoos and a word of advice, skip the bird feeding. They give you a half inch amount of seed on peanut butter on a stick for two dollars. Overall nice zoo if you love close. Don't make a long trip.
  • June 28, 2017
    The cutest smallest zoo I had ever been to! With 3 kids it took us about an hour and a half to see everything. Very well maintained
  • May 29, 2017
    First and last time I will ever go. They sell tickets at the front gate to feed certain animals but do not disclose the times of the feedings. I bought a ticket at 2:20. Walked back to the giraffes, and apparently the feeding was at 2. I had arrived at the exhibit at 3:30. When I tried to get my money back I was told the feeding went from 2 until 2:20. So because it was sold before the end time it was valid. They did not refund my money. They either need to disclose the hours at the gate where they are selling tickets or tell them before they buy. Finding out after the fact is no way to go. So that was 4 dollars a person (3) so 12 dollars down the drain. So if you like spending money on services you do not receive, perfect. If not, I'd stay away.

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