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Peoria Zoo

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Address: 2320 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603-2196 (Formerly Glen Oak Zoo)
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+1 309-686-3365
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The Peoria Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals from around the...

The Peoria Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals from around the world. From giraffes and rhinoceros to spider monkeys and sea lions, the Zoo is the wildest family place in town.

The Peoria Zoo is open year round. Our Education Department offers programs for ages 2 and up. These include Home School classes, Zoo Tots, Jungle Jamboree, summer Zoo Camp and Zoo Teens volunteer program. During summer months we offer Giraffe Feeding in Africa and Budgie Feeding in the Aussie Walk About. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, scheduled Keeper Chats take place every day. Our two biggest events are the Easter Egg Hunt and Howl-Zoo-Ween.

We offer a variety of birthday parties and Zoo Snoozes. Our Zambezi River Lodge is available for corporate events, wedding receptions, and special celebrations.

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Sunny spring outing

For a Midwest city this Zoo is top notch. The Lions are a treat and the Giraffes are amazing to watch. All of the animals appear well treated and confinements very suitable. A... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edward S
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Springfield, Illinois
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Zoo surprised us with the quality of animals and design of the African life.They have the largest giraffes, zebras and rhinos we have ever seen at a zoo having visited 6 others in the past 10 years. We went into the large indoor eating area to relax and found restrooms cleaner than in most restaurants. There's plenty of excitement... More 

Thank David611950
Davenport, Iowa
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this zoo often. My four year old and infant love this zoo! My 10 year old on the other hand, needs more animals and more excitement. The zoo is clean and nicely laid out. There is some walking but not much. The monkey house is great! You can get up close and personal with them! The Giraffe/Rhino area... More 

Thank Lindsey A
Peoria, Illinois
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great variety of animals and birds. Well kept animal areas and ongoing revamping of animal areas to make them more like natural habitats. Very family friendly.

Thank Paula1964_13
Oceanside, California, United States
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice people and kid family zoo. Big enough to spend the day, small enough to not wipe you out. Make sure you have the kds feed the giraffes.

Thank Ezio M
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10 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of animals. Very fun to have young lions & tigers & baby giraffe- kids really love that! Lunch for kids is great - little toy, food, drink & cookie.

Thank Mandy S
Peoria, Illinois
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peoria Zoo has been around as long as I remember and has always been a great place to spend a few hours. The addition of the Africa exhibit was especially well-done!

Thank Lynn D
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a Midwest city this Zoo is top notch. The Lions are a treat and the Giraffes are amazing to watch. All of the animals appear well treated and confinements very suitable. A must for all children with plenty to keep us entertained

Thank Edward S
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88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great spot to take the family. We love the zoo this new It's always different every time we go the exhibits are clean tand the outdoor exhibits have been updated and it's just a wonderful experience then when you're done you can always have a picnic enjoy the outside weather and the park.

Thank Andy H
Springfield, Illinois
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174 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We were looking for things to do in Peoria on a winter afternoon. We decided to check this place out. It turned out that it was donation day, and we got in for only the cost of a donation. All the animals weren't out but the ones that were seemed happy and looked amazing. I want to come here during... More 

1 Thank eroom5721
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I would not make this a special stop if you are not from the area. It's very small and they don't have many animals. My young kids, 6 years and under like the zoo. I was board to be honest but as long as my kids are happy so am I.

1 Thank Jamie T

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