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Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • Not much for the price. There are better free zoos within driving distance. Unfortunate that this zoo has lost a number of animals, accreditation, and staff recently and those changes show. I will con...  read more »
  • We only had a couple of hours to roam the zoo and we were able to see all of the exhibits. The enclosures were well designed and had enrichment items for the animals. The lorikeet feeding is a must. 
  • Were took our littke feet there yesterday. It is FREE weekdays for the rest of fall. With several cheap little activities for the kids to do! There is a cue train ride $2/person, an adorable carousel ...  read more »
  • Excellent Zoo. Very clean and animals that looked well cared for. We went Memorial Day weekend and all the cages were full. Not a hassle and you can get in and out for under $50, unlike the big zoos. The train is cool. You can feed the 2 giraffes, fun for the kids. Reptile cages were my favorite.
  • A great place to take the kids. The exhibits are limited, and there aren't many animals, but the staff is dedicated and kind. I expect things to continue to improve. The old elephant enclosure is being upgraded for an Indian Rhino. The train ride is great. You can see everything in a half day.
  • Awesome place to take the kids and to get a good afternoon walk. It is a smaller zoo but a pass is well worth it if you plan to go more than a few times in a year. We go there for evening walks and just to let the kids play on the playground.
  • Neither a huge place not does it have a variety of specimens. But it is good place to take kids, where they can walk, watch animals and still not get tired. The whole zoo took like 3-4 hours to finish. The zoo has train ride and a carousel which is $2 per person. Giraffe feeding needs tickets and is at 11am and 2pm only, where kids are allowed to feed them. It will be a relaxed visit if you have young kids.
  • The zoo is really small and there were animals that weren't able to be found so it took 30 minutes to get through. Also, while in the zoo, the grounds people mowed and threw the grass all over my new car. The zoo closes at 5, is it not possible to wait until there are no cars in the parking lot to mow? If it weren't for having a fun bundle I would never go back.
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