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Peoria Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Small but well done

Peoria Zoo not large like Chicago or St Louis where you can spend entire day and still not see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great for the family

Always a good amount of animals to see. Educational for the kids. Maintenance keeps the place up... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tim H
Peoria, Illinois
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“baby giraffe”(8 reviews)
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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...more
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2320 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603-2196
+1 309-686-3365
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It doesn't take as long to navigate the Peoria Zoo as it does to negotiate the larger Lincoln Park and Brookfield zoos in Chicago. But it's just as much fun because there are some different animals to see and, as far as families are concerned,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Peoria Zoo not large like Chicago or St Louis where you can spend entire day and still not see everything. It IS a wonderful place to spend a few hours in the newer updated environment. Enjoyed the theme and layout of zoo

1  Thank lay1201
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a good amount of animals to see. Educational for the kids. Maintenance keeps the place up well. Plenty of parking.

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have a really nice zoo in Peoria. Large variety of animals and they have a nice concession area and free parking.

Thank cam2611
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This was a very cute little zoo.Maybe 20 enclosures for the animals. Very clean and interesting displays for the animals. They have a parakeet encounter where you can feed to birds. You can also feed the giraffes. Each has an additional fee. It was perfect...More

Thank lslyChicago
Reviewed 14 August 2018

While not a big expansive zoo - one wouldn't expect such in a city Peoria's size - the Peoria Zoo provides and good range of exhibits with an emphasis on Australia and Africa, and an interesting reptile area. Being an Aussie nust admit I was...More

Thank sinclaired
Reviewed 9 August 2018

The zoo is clean, the animals are easy to see. Nice shaded areas and wonderful places for the kids to play.

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This is a really nice, child and family friendly zoo. All of the staff members are always pleasant and helpful. We have been here many times and will continue going. It is a nice walk. There are reasonable priced drinks and snack available in the...More

Thank Jeannie H
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

The zoo is perfect for kids due to the relatively small size. It is nicely landscaped and they added details like examples of dwellings and statues. The many trees are probably beautiful in the fall season. There are great viewing areas for all of the...More

Thank Beth C
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Excellent zoo, particularly for small children. Easily walkable. Africa exhibit with giraffes (great platform viewing area), lions, zebras, rhinos, and more is a highlight.

Thank Tom P
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5 June 2018|
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Response from Stephanie F | Reviewed this property |
Yes parking is free.
11 April 2017|
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Response from Joe S | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure there is. You can call them at 309-686-3365.
5 June 2016|
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Response from Toddsbc383 | Reviewed this property |
. If you are wanting to know when the Free Admission day is this year, I do not think they are having one.