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Peoria Zoo

2320 North Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61603-2193 (Formerly Glen Oak Zoo)
+1 309-686-3365
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Peoria
Owner description: The Peoria Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals from around the world. From giraffes and...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

this zoo is really nice. u can get right up close to everything. the male lion comes up and paws at the glass 4 inches from you. the giraffes are at eye level. great zoo.

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East Peoria, Illinois, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I enjoy going to the zoo. Always buy a yearly grandparents pass. It is close and I like taking my grandkids there. About an hour and you've seen everything, but love the new Africa section. Have been going to this zoo for over 50 years . When you buy a pass it will get you in some zoos for 1/2... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We've taken our grandchildren to the Peoria zoo a number of times. Not too long ago it was refurbished and expanded. Everything is clean and well organized. There is a wooden walkway that allows visitors to see the giraffes at their eye level. There is also a nice place for lunch, snack, or just rest. It is handicapped accessible.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Compared to St Louis and Chicago considering ticket price, Peoria zoo would be too expensive. You can see basic animals, and can finish the zoo in 4 hours max.

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I don't like that there aren't animal encounters here. It's a pretty small zoo and animal encounters would bring in a larger crowd

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Kids and adults enjoy a lovely experience at this gem of a zoo. The animals are well cared for, healthy and happy in spacious exhibits.Take your family or experience a good visit on your own with multiple animals.

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Princeville, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

In the Peoria area, there are few attractions that I would give five stars to, but this is one of them. A couple of months ago we took my sons Cub Scout Pact to the Peoria Zoo and what a great time. from the moment we arrived all I could hear was "wow, look at that", "oh how cool", the... More 

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went with my wife and 2 year old daughter. Zoo is quite small in area, but makes up for it in other ways. Many of the paths allow the spectator to get quite close to many of the animals there, which super excited my daughter and other younger children there. Doesn't have the animals shows like the bigger zoos, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

I definitely recommend this to local people. It is small, but has many updates including safari. Kids will love the monkeys and snakes. Peacocks, rhinos, and many other interesting attractions

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Rochester, IL
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Zoo is very nice and very well-kept. Very much enjoyed the staff throughout zoo that were at the exhibits with special items (for example, tiger jaws) to give a little more information about the animals. The kids enjoyed seeing how wide a tiger could open it's mouth (and that their heads could actually fit!). The little touches made the experience... More 

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