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Summerfield Zoo
3088 Flora Rd.
Belvidere
IL
61008
Tel: 815 547 4852

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Ever seen an Alligator and a Zebra in the same place? Now is your chance! At Summerfield Zoo the whole family can encounter some pretty amazing animals! The main objective of the zoo is to give kids that incredible animal experience, and offer them the chance to really learn about these amazing creatures.

Want to hear about some of the exotic animals they have there? You might not believe it! From giant tortoises, arctic wolves, ring-tailed lemurs, mountain lions, zebras, monkeys, and even the very funnily named kinkajous - there is a whole variety of animals to show how diverse and wonderful this world really is.

Summerfield Zoo is a smaller zoo than most, which is why they can provide viewing areas which are closer to the animals than your regular zoo. They even have many animals which are available to take your picture with...AND pet! How cool is that! The petting zoo is always popular and there are even pony rides for those kids who want to get REALLY up close to those sweet animals!

Having a birthday party? Summerfield Zoo would be HAPPY to have you! What better way to spend your celebration that with some pretty cool animals! 

The zoo is very much a community zoo, and always looks for volunteers and support to ensure it can keep providing these amazing experiences for the community. This also means you know they love their animals, and do this because they want to. You won't find animals in small cages, unhappy just looking out at the bigger world.

At Summerfield Zoo the animals are well looked after, which also ensures your kids will have a beautiful experience really getting to know nature how it should be. 

Don’t forget your camera, because Summerfield Zoo is filled with those moments you won’t want to forget! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$5
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Saturday: 10am to 5pm; Sunday: 11am to 4pm; Wednesdays (June, July, August only): 9am to 3pm.

Weekends April 27th through November 3rd. Wednesdays June, July and August.

Teachers corner

Field trips are available March through November. It's a great way for kids to really learn about the animals up close and in person, so just send them an email for more information. At only $5 per person, it also includes a tour of the zoo, lunch and a lesson plan..

I'm Hungry!

There is a lunch stand where you can fill up those rumbling tummies, as well as ice cream and snacks available in the gift shop..

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy sandwich options available at lunch stand - we know that staying healthy is very important, and so do the zoo!.

Any Top Tips?

Bring sunblock and an umbrella. Summerfield Zoo is enjoyable rain or shine!.

Doing our bit

The zoo is always looking for volunteers as they would love to keep running their zoo to educate and inspire kids and families. They take the welfare of the animals very seriously! .

Need a little extra help?

Almost all of the species of animals can be seen from blacktop/cemented areas which are accessbile. A few species are accessible only from gravel pathways..

Can I get one of those?

Of course there are fun gifts to take away with you after your time at the zoo! From reindeer antler key chains, antler bookmarks, stuffed animals, t-shirts, magnets, books, pictures, antler candelabras....take your pick!.

More information

If you reserve the zoo for a private birthday party, you get the zoo for 3 hours. There are also show options. .

What people are saying?

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    Summerfield Zoo is a hidden gem! The zoo is small but there is a good variety of animals for the kids to see and learn about. They have an educational segment at 11a and 1p-we learned about hedgehogs, bearded dragons, alligators, bob cats, and linx. The grounds are very clean and they encourage and offer hand sanitizer after touching animals. The barns were clean as well-they smelled like fresh animal bedding not animal waste. We visited the gift shop and although they did have a wide variety of stuffed animals we were more interested a smaller...Read More

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    Very well kept zoo, animal homes aren't smelly like some of the big zoos, a very nice selection for the kids to see. Its in start up stages but good so far. Very nice workers there;friendly. Could use a picnic or plastic tent shelter, maybe a mister hose for kids to walk thru, it gets very hot...gift shop could use some bumper stickers or bandanas and painted key chains and mugs to help advertize, also gatoraide, hats, sunscreen and there should be recycling available. Hand painted magnets would do well too. A hand built play ground to relax by...Read More

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    Great zoo for the price. My kids love it. If you don't want to walk miles and miles to see a few animals this zoo is perfect. The wolves are great and the people there are very knowledgeable and super friendly. I enjoy it every time we go. Plus it is local and helps the animals.

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    I love zoo and animals

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by Ca Lyst

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Summerfield Zoo is a hidden gem! The zoo is small but there is a good variety of animals for the kids to see and learn about. They have an educational segment at 11a and 1p-we learned about hedgehogs, bearded dragons, alligators, bob cats, and linx. The grounds are very clean and they encourage and offer hand sanitizer after touching animals. The barns were clean as well-they smelled like fresh animal bedding not animal waste. We visited the gift shop and although they did have a wide variety of stuffed animals we were more interested a smaller and less inexpensive souvenir such as a key chain, magnet, etc. Overall the kids had a great time visiting the zoo! We'll definitely visit again.

by Kristine Benitez

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Very well kept zoo, animal homes aren't smelly like some of the big zoos, a very nice selection for the kids to see. Its in start up stages but good so far. Very nice workers there;friendly. Could use a picnic or plastic tent shelter, maybe a mister hose for kids to walk thru, it gets very hot...gift shop could use some bumper stickers or bandanas and painted key chains and mugs to help advertize, also gatoraide, hats, sunscreen and there should be recycling available. Hand painted magnets would do well too. A hand built play ground to relax by for the kids might be nice. Theres pony rides but theyre out in the heavy sun so not offered often enough. A basic shelter would be good for both the ponys and the people watching. The barns need bigger acrylic viewing windows on each animal habitat. It would be fun to have a four wheeler give little rides around in a wagon full of hay for children..maybe small fee $3 each. The presentation was very nice - kids got to pet exotic animals. Donations from local businesses would come easier if exchange for plaques that advertise who supported what parts of the zoo development. Strollers are welcome but only large wheels work. There also needs to be a big colorful woodcarved sign by hwy 20 that says Zoo this way, and a brighter more colorful sign at the entrance. Overall, its a fun, clean place to spend an afternoon and help support running it with your admission :)

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