Cosley Zoo Wheaton
Where is it at?
1356 North Gary Avenue
Tel: 630 665 5534
Where are we going today?
We LOVE a zoo, and Cosley Zoo is no different! Stretched out over five acres, this zoo gives kids an experience with a whole range of animals - from the native Illinois wildlife to domestic farm animals.
Sweet woolly llamas and bleating goats are waiting to make friends at the farm section, but then kids can explore the more unusual and fascinating animals that are actually local to the state! (You don't need a zoo that brings you Africa when you have so many amazing animals right on your doorstep!)
Kids will enjoy watching the curious red fox, the sweet White-tailed Deer, playful racoons, and of course those creepy crawlies such as insects, turtles, snakes and frogs!
There are over 20 exhibits which house more than 150 animals across more than 60 species - so plenty for the kids to learn about! Cosley Zoo have made sure that every exhibit offer kids the chance to really learn about the animals, and to interact with nature.
What's also lovely about Cosley Zoo is that they put on fun events across the year, so make sure you check what's on so you don't miss out! (Especially if there is something seasonal happening!)
Want to celebrate your birthday with the animals? Why not! Cosley Zoo are happy for kids to have their birthdays and they have a TON of themes to pick from! Want to stay OVERNIGHT in the zoo? Or become a zoo keeper for the day? Check out their fun family programs - it will give kids a whole new perspective on the zoo!
So much zoo fun!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 (Ages 18 - 54)
- ChildrenAll free!
- Free Under: 17, and for Wheaton Park residents
When can we go?
Open 9am. Closing ranged 4pm - 9pm seasonally
All year round
The zoo gives students an unforgettable experience! There are a number of education programs available that can cover topics perfect for kids 3 and up.
The Coyote Café is a seasonal concession stand (April to October) where you can grab lunch, including hot dogs, nuggets, ice cream and lovely snacks!.
Any Top Tips?
The surfaces are suitable for stroller. .
Doing our bit
They LOVE animals so they always have their wellbeing in mind. If they have regulations, make sure you follow them because they are for the animals own good. .
Need a little extra help?
There are accessible walkway surfaces for those who use wheelchairs. .
Can I get one of those?
The Wild Side Gift Shop is a fun place to find the perfect souvenir! Plush toys, shirts, toys, jewelry, all waiting to be taken home! .
The experiences like behind the scenes and zookeeper are an extra cost to admission. .
What people are saying?
by Sarah Spain
I love the Cosley Zoo all year! It is a great price to have the kids run around and experience great animals. The duck feeding in the am and afternoon is always a hit. We bring out own lunch and have a picnic before we continue exploring this small zoo. You can spend a good few hours there easily. And not surprisingly they love the train car too!
by Amy Rockett
This is such a cute little place to take the kids. They get to learn about farm animals, there is a cute little walking path, and I love that it is free. The wintertime light show is cute, too. Better for smaller kids, though.
by Geo Johnson
This is one step above a petting zoo. It is nice and cheep $3 for non residents free for Wheaton. Great for kids and little ones. I went on the off season where a lot of things were dormant or not available to the public. The entrance has the nice, petting zoo portion clean as it can be. Then toward the back are woodland creatures such as deer, foxes, a coyote, a giant raccoon, and birds including a few endangered species. Very nice place to be. Take the kids. If you are looking for lions, bears or anything big or dangerous it is not here.
by amanda grimston
I don't like that they charge now, but I understand why they have to. My son loves this zoo! I don't like that a lot of the animals aren't able to be seen st certain times/times of year.
by suri lee
Had a great time with my family at Cosley Zoo.The zoo is very well taken care of and has lots to offer and see.We had lots of fun:)