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!
The zoo are located at 1356 N Gary Ave. From Rt 38, turn north on County Farm Road and turn right at the first stoplight after the railroad tracks. (Jewell Rd). This road ends at Gary Ave, and in 500 ft you're at the zoo!Get directions
$9 (Ages 18 - 54)
All free under 17 years!
Seniors $8 (Over 55)
17, and for Wheaton Park residents
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.
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!
The surfaces are suitable for stroller.
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 zoo gives students an unforgettable experience! There are a number of education programs available that can cover topics perfect for kids 3 and up
There are accessible walkway surfaces for those who use wheelchairs.
The experiences like behind the scenes and zookeeper are an extra cost to admission.