Seasonal : (618) 241-0691
Off-Season: (618) 242-6890

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

Aquatic Zoo Informational Flyer
Swim Lessons Flyer
2023 Season Pass Application
Registration Form


Whether your looking for an exhilarating water experience or a cool relaxing day from the summer heat, your aquatic zoo visit will be quite the adventure.

Jungle Chute | Body slide that generates up to 3G forces
Tropical Cyclone | 266 ft. dual rider tube slide
Blue Lagoon | Competition lap pool featuring 1 and 3 meter diving boards
Rain Forrest | Children’s splash pad featuring the King Kong tipping bucket and interactive spray features
Amazon Lazy River | Smooth current lazy river
Coconut Beach | Zero depth entry leisure pool with a Gator Walk obstacle course.
Watering Hole | Don’t forget to cool off with a drink or grab some grub at the concession area featuring a full concession menu.

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


May 27, 2023 - September 3, 2023
Monday - Saturday : 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday : 12.00 pm - 6.00 pm


Child (Ages 2-17) - $6
Adults (Ages 18-64) - $8.00
Seniors (Ages 65+) - $6.00

Season Passes

Child Ages 2 – 17 $95
Adult 18+ $125
Family Up to 4 People $350
Each additional member Per Individual $75

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

Group Rates ( 20 & Over Attendance )

In order to receive the herd rates the following requirements must be met.

  • All fees must be paid in one (1) transaction
  • Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance
  • Must have a staff to child ratio of no less than 5:1
  • Group rates available during general swim hours only

Child (Ages 2-17) - $6
Adults (Ages 18-64) - $8.00
Seniors (Ages 65+) - $6.00

Private Rentals

Leisure Pool, Slides & Lazy River Each Hour $225
Splash Pad Each Hour $100
Lap Pool Each Hour $150
Entire Facility Each Hour $475

Rental fees are due at the time of reserving the facility; full payment is required to secure reservation. Stop by the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department to reserve your party today!


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

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

Birthday Party Packages

Party packages will be offered during General Swim hours


  • 10 Daily Admissions
  • 10 Soft Drink Vouchers
  • 10 $2.00 Concession Vouchers
  • 1 Birthday T-Shirt


  • 15 Daily Admissions
  • 15 Soft Drink Vouchers
  • 15 $2.00 Concession Vouchers
  • 1 Birthday T-Shirt

Things you Need To Know

  • We have a policy that all swimmers must have on a swimsuit. There will be no cut offshorts, gym shorts, sports bras, etc. Allowed in the pool.
  • No breath holding contest or stomach floats are allowed. These activities are dangerous and misleading to lifeguards.
  • No outside food or drinks allowed in the facility
  • Our lifeguards must never lose Their focus while on duty - they may ask you to talk to another guard or manager rather than interupt

Our lifeguards are here to help monitor and enforce a safe environment for all visitors. In order to do that to their best we ask that all non swimmers ages 11 and under be actively supervised.

What Does Actively Supervising Mean?

  • Being close enough to your child to help bring them to the surface
  • Keeping non-swimmers in the appropriate areas - never let them go into water over their chest or shoulders
  • Taking them to restroom/concession stand - never allow them out of sight
  • Not in a chair near the pool, but on your feet or in the water with your non-swimmer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if the weather gets bad?
Every attempt will be made to wait out any poor weather. No refunds will be given in any circumstances. Postings will be made on Facebook if the pool will not be opening or closing early due to weather conditions. How old do my children have to be to come to the AZ alone?
Children under the age of 16 MUST have a person aged 18 or older with them as a chaperone. ID will be asked for to verify ages. Adults are required to always chaperone minors, 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, 2023.
  • $50.00 per 2 week 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 5th-June 15th, classes : Mon-Thurs, 10.00-10:45 a.m., Swim School and Stroke School.
  • Session 2 : June 19th-June 29th, classes : Mon-Thurs, 9.00-9:45 a.m., Babies & tots and Swim School. 10.00-10:45 a.m., Swim School and Stroke School.
  • Session 3 : July 5th- July 12th, Classes Week 1: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Week 2 : Mon, Tues, Wed, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Babies & tots and Swim School. 7:15-8:15 p.m., Swim School and Stroke School.
  • Session 4 : July 10th- July 20th, classes : Mon-Thurs, 10.00-10:45 a.m., Babies & tots and Swim 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.