The Niabi Zoo in nearby Coal Valley, Illinois is a great zoo that many people in the midwest have visited. It's not nearly as large as say Des Moines or Omaha, but it's a relatively short drive and they have multiple days of FREE admission you can enjoy this fall!

Starting Monday, September 12th, zoo hours will be shorter and the facility will be open one less day per week. Niabi will be closed every Monday for the rest of the season.

Here is the 2016 FREE admission schedule! The dates are all Tuesday through Friday.

  • September 13th - 16th
  • September 20th - 23rd
  • September 27th - 30th
  • October 4th - 7th
  • October 11th - 14th
  • October 18th - 21st
  • October 25th - 28th

On Tuesday through Saturday, zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with last admission being sold at 3 p.m. We took our kids to Niabi a few years ago and they absolutely loved it! A visit during a cool fall day will be awesome...and FREE!

Ryan Brainard
Ryan Brainard


[via KWQC]


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