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- Sun: 9am-3pm
The Niabi Zoo is one of the premier attractions in the Quad Cities Area. With many unique exhibits, the zoo offers plenty for families, couples and any animal lover. Though not nearly as large as some of the bigger zoos in the Midwest, it's sets itself apart with up-close animal experiences.
Best and worst time to go to the Niabi Zoo
The Niabi Zoo is only open in certain parts of the year (typically November-March). Regardless, the zoo is not crowded on most weekdays and some weekends. However, plan to deal with crowds on special event days like "Boo at the Zoo" (late October) and "Kids Wild Fest" (mid-summer).
Must see/do at the Niabi Zoo
- Giraffe Encounter - For a few extra dollars (usually $4-5 per person), visitors can feed the zoo's giraffes.
- Australian Walkabout - Along with the wallabies and emus, visitors can get up close with the lorikeets, which can be fed for a couple dollars.
- Wolf Ridge - One of the many new or renovated exhibits, Wolf Ridge features the critically-endangered red wolf.
Admission to the Niabi Zoo
Admission is charged to the Niabi Zoo. Admission ranges anywhere from $6-9, but the animal encounters cost a little extra. Parking is free.
Parking at the Niabi Zoo
It's a few miles away from I-74 and U.S. Highway 6, so plan on a little longer drive on the secondary roads. Parking is free and plentiful.
Public Transportation to the Niabi Zoo
The MetroLINK bus system does not run to the zoo, but traffic congestion is rarely an issue.
Food at the Niabi Zoo
Niabi Zoo has two concession stands with plenty of options of sandwiches, beverages and snacks. They also sell ice cream from a nationally-recognized local company.
Insider Tip for Visitors to the Niabi Zoo
Make sure to spend the extra few dollars on the giraffe feedings. They're only offered a few times each day and spaces are limited, so be sure to get in line early to ensure you get a spot.
Author's bio: Michael Benson is a life-long Illinois resident and an avid traveler throughout the Midwest.