As we wind down the season, the Aquatic Zoo will be open these days, weather permitting, with sessions from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. each day:

August 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
September 5 & 6

Guests may only attend one session per day to allow more people to enjoy the facility. Wristbands will be put on by AZ Guest Services, so all entering will need to the window to purchase entry. Wristbands will ensure capacity does not surpass 250 people per session and to accommodate those who go out of the facility and wish to return in the same session. Admission sales will begin at 10:30 a.m. for the first session and 3 p.m. for the second session to help reduce lines. Social distancing is requested when in line to purchase admission. No reservations for admission will be made in advance of these times. Price of entry will be ages 2-17 and seniors 65 & older - $6.00, Adults $8.00. Due to limits on occupancy, there will not be a large group rate.

Staff members will sanitize restrooms, lounge chairs, tables, lockers, and other surfaces routinely, with additional sanitizing between sessions. All staff will have temperature checked upon reporting to work. With the addition of deck spacing around the facility, lounge chairs will be spaced out to provide distancing between guests. Guest Services working the gate entry and concessions will be required to wear a mask when dealing with our guests. We will encourage all guests that are not of the same family to follow social distancing guidelines. All regulations are subject to change pending guidelines from the State of Illinois.

Thank you to those who were able to come out and enjoy the Aquatic Zoo this summer. We are hopeful we will be open for a full season Memorial Day Weekend 2021. We will update closer to time with plans and pertinent information.

The Zookeepers

1700 S. 34th St, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone : 1.618.241.0691
Email :

“Spend a couple of hours, or maybe the whole day with family and friends! Dare the water slides, soar from the high-dive or lounge away in the Lazy River. Enjoy our zero-depth entry pool or do laps in our 25 meter pool. Can your kids make it across the log bridge without falling in? Swim, splash, soak or sun at Mt. Vernon’s Aquatic Zoo! Visit Mt. Vernon’s favorite summer destination—the Aquatic Zoo in Lincoln Park at 1700 South 34th Street just off of Veteran’s Memorial Drive.”

The Aquatic Zoo is quick & easy to find! Located just east of Exit 94 from I-57. Just take the exit, go east on Veteran’s Memorial Drive then make a right onto South 34th Street. You’ll see our waterslides and tubes in plenty of time. We’ve got ample & accessible parking for any vehicle.

Enjoy Mt. Vernon - Aquatic Zoo
Enjoy Mt. Vernon - Aquatic Zoo


Open Monday, May 25th through Sunday, September 6th.
Monday - Saturday : 11 am- 6 pm
Sunday : 12 pm- 6 pm

Back to School Hours

Beginning the second week of August
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Under 2 - FREE
Ages 2- 17 & Seniors 65 & older - $6.00
Adults - $8.00

Season Passes

Student Ages 2 – 17 $85
Adult 18 and older $109
Family Up to 4 $275
Additional Per Individual $50

Season passes can be purchased at the Mt.Vernon Parks and Recreation Department.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
800 South 27th Street
Office Hours – Monday through Friday: 8am until Noon, 1pm until 5pm

Facility Rental information

Leisure Pool, Slides & Lazy River Each Hour $175 plus $1 per person
Splash Pad Each Hour $90 plus $1 per person
Lap Pool Each Hour $90 plus $1 per person
Entire Facility Each Hour $300 plus $1 per person

Full rental fee is due to make and secure a reservation ~


Mt.Vernon Parks and Recreation Department
Veteran’s Memorial Park
800 South 27th Street

Enjoy Mt. Vernon - Aquatic Zoo
Enjoy Mt. Vernon - Aquatic Zoo


Party packages are available during regular swim hours


  • 10 Non-pass holder admissions
  • 10 Small soft drinks
  • 10 $1 concession items
  • 1 Aquatic Zoo T-shirt for birthday host


  • 10 Non-pass holder admissions
  • 10 Small soft drinks
  • 10 $1 concession items
  • 1 Aquatic Zoo T-shirt for birthday host

Aquatic Zoo Water Park Rules

  • Chaperones MUST be actively supervising all non-swimmers throughout the facility.
  • NO Running, Pushing, or other horseplay anywhere in the facility.
  • All waterslide riders must be 48” tall or taller to ride either the body or tube slide.
  • You must ride feet first on all waterslides.
  • All Lazy River riders must be with their tube. No running, walking, or free floating.
  • Any deep water swimmers or diving board users may be asked to perform a swim test by a life guard to ensure their safety.
  • Listen and follow any directions given by staff.

Diving Boards

  • Do not climb the steps until the person in front of you has jumped into the water.
  • Do not jump from the boards until the person in front of you has reached the ladder.
  • Do not double jump or repeatedly bounce on the ends of the diving boards.
  • No Inward dives allowed.


  • Wait until the life guard gives you permission to go down the slide.
  • Wait at the top step of the tower and the guard will motion you when to approach the slide.
  • Please return tubes to the corrals when you are done using.

Spray ground

  • Chaperones please actively supervise your children in this area.
  • Slides are used 1 person at a time and feet first.
  • Wait for the person to get off the slide before the next person in line goes down.
  • Be patient and courteous to the other guests.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if we go and the weather gets bad?
Every attempt will be made to wait out any poor weather. IF the manager decides to close the facility for the remainder of the day all those in attendance will receive “FREE ADMISSION” passes for a future visit. No refunds will be given in any circumstances. If a guest chooses to leave due to poor weather but the facility remains open passes will NOT be issued.
How old do my children have to be to come to the AZ alone?
Children under the age of 12 MUST have a person aged 15 or older with them as a chaperone. Those aged 15 – 17 cannot have more than 3 children to supervise. IN ADDITION WE DO REQUIRE THAT ALL NON-SWIMMERS HAVE AN ACTIVE CHAPERONE WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES, EVEN TRIPS TO THE RESTROOM. How are your life guards trained?
Our life guards are either American Red Cross or Starguard Certified Guards. Is there a concession stand?
Yes. Our concessions stand offers a wide selection of drinks and other snack foods. Guest are not allowed to bring in outside food, but may get their hand stamped to leave and return that same day to eat outside the facility. What do I do with my belongings while I am playing at the AZ?
There are limited lockers available for guest. The lockers do require a quarter each time you lock the door.

Swim lesson information

  • Registration begins May 1, 2018.
  • $40.00 per session/ 8 classes per session
  • Babies & Tots :Introductory to water. Ages 6 months to 36 months.
  • Swim School : Beginner & Intermediate Swimmers. Ages 3 and up.
  • Stroke School : Advanced Swimmers. Ages 3 and up.
  • Session 1 : June 4th-June 14th, 10-10:40 a.m., Swim School and Stroke School.
  • Session 2 : June 18th-June 28th, 9-9:40 a.m., Babies & tots and Swim School. 10-10:40 a.m., Swim School and Stroke School.
  • Session 3 : July 9th- July 23rd, 6:15-6:55 p.m., Babies & tots and Swim School. 7:15-7:55 p.m., Swim School and Stroke School.*
  • Session 4 : July 23rd- August 2nd, 10-10:40 a.m., Swim School and Stroke School.
  • Class Make-up Policy: Should inclement weather occur, and 1 or 2 classes must be cancelled, a make-up date will be announced, or additional time may be added to each remaining class. Should more than 2 classes be cancelled, partial refunds will be determined at that time.

*Session 3 Evening Classes: No Class on Tuesday, July 10th. Class will be made up on Monday, July 23rd.

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