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Address: 17732 N. Dairy Farm Road, Smithfield, IL
Phone Number: +1 309-783-2112
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Family day trip

We were looking for something fairly close that we hadn't done before when we stumbled upon the Brown's Oakridge Zoo. The zoo doesn't give off a good first impression but so glad... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 19, 2016
Melissa B
Pekin, Illinois
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Peoria, Illinois
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Saw some pictures on facebook of people holding a baby tiger last year and thought "What the hell, this sounds like fun!" Got there, and had to wait about 10 mins for the cranky, older tour guide to come out. Paid for a tour which told us nothing we didn't already know about the animals and gave some VERY inaccurate... More 

Thank William F
Lewistown, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited with our one year old son. Shortly after the tour began, the tour guide started in on her personal opinions about PETA. When she found out my husband disagreed with her statements, we were asked to leave. She then also proceeded to criticize our parenting, and kick us off the grounds. The animals have no... More 

Thank aewoll23
Pekin, Illinois
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for something fairly close that we hadn't done before when we stumbled upon the Brown's Oakridge Zoo. The zoo doesn't give off a good first impression but so glad we decided to give it a try. The owner gave us an up close & personal tour. She was very knowledgeable about all the animals & it was... More 

Thank Melissa B
Peoria, IL
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

I first visited in December 2015 and have been back twice since then. It's sad to read some of the negative comments about this place. First of all this is a family run zoo in the middle of the country on a farm. They don't have a huge budget, yet have a large tab to feed the animals. If you're... More 

Thank archer72
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2015

I am in Love with Tigers and that's why I chose to visit this place. I wouldn't consider it a zoo. The younger tour guide was nice. The older lady was grumpy. The living conditions of the animals were extremely poor and very very SMALL. And they all seemed to be under weight. I felt bad.

3 Thank Lonnie1908
Joliet, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was visiting a friend in the area when I found out about this small zoo. We didn't get to go that day because it was 15 minutes until closing time. So we headed here right away this year during our visit! We were pleased by the animals we saw, and did get to bottle feed the lion cub! The... More 

3 Thank cooley25
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

There were four of us that made the trip from Peoria to Smithfield, Illinois today and we had a wonderful time. These are rescued animals who have been removed from abusive and neglectful environments and given food, attention, lots of good care and love. It's not perfect but no place is that deals with animals. Even their natural habitats aren't... More 

2 Thank Terry M
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

i expected this zoo to be a place with lots of baby animals and get to choose which cub to hold and feed. the tour was terrible and the tour guide was not friendly at all. if this place is supposed to be a zoo, they should have more to offer!! it's just a small farm with wild animals that... More 

3 Thank kathlyn5
Dunlap, Illinois
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This isn't a zoo. While I feel they are probably doing the best they can with the limited resources they have, a place like this should not exist. The older lady that gives the "tours" is rude (as was the younger one), the animals seem depressed, and the conditions are horrible. It's honestly difficult to explain. The image of Calvin... More 

4 Thank Justin P
Hot Springs, Arkansas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

As stated in the other honest reviews I should have read before making the trip, down right disgusting excuse for a "petting zoo". The property these poor animals are on, wouldn't even cover the natural habitat for one. The cages are far too terribly small for these majestic animals. My family and I thoroughly love visiting zoos all across the... More 

5 Thank Abusive

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