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Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley

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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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  • Nice local zoo. I doesn't have elephants there anymore though which is disappointing. But there are a lot of cute things. Nice train ride. Nice merry go round. They are consoling working on it to make...  more »
  • Niabi Zoo is a wonderful place to visit!! Has a lot of indoor as well as outdoor exhibits. Decently priced! They offer a Giraffe feeding for an extra cost that was an AMAZING experience!! This Zoo is ...  more »
  • Last month, I took a date to this place. My parents would drag us kids to places like these when we were younger but didn't either understand or care then. But as I am now older, I can appreciate plac...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.