The world class 35 acre Lincoln Zoo is one of the only free zoos in the United States. The Zoo has a wide selection of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians which you are welcome to view. They also run special events year round along with education services to spread knowledge of the Animal Kingdom amongst children and adults alike.
Things to Do
- A number of Zoo Programs are designed to teach children about the zoo's inhabitants and how we can care for the wonders of nature.
- The on-going Zoo Explorers program introduces pupils from kindergarten to fifth grade to data collection methods used by Zoo Keepers.
- The LEAP ("Learn, Explore, Play") offers an interactive and immersive experience for kids of ages of 2 to 3 that involves meeting the animals, building, drawing and climbing.
- A Winter Break Camp is held every December and early January for kids from 4 years of age up to 5th grade. For a full list of programs take a look at the Lincoln Zoo's website.
- Amongst the permanent exhibits are Polar Bear and Penguin habitats, an exhibit on birds of prey, the primate house, the sea lion pool, a center for African apes, a specially dedicated children's zoo and the "farm-in-the-zoo".
Lincoln Park Zoo Insider Tips
- While entrance to the park is free they do accept donations. If you enjoy your time at the zoo and think the facilities are up to scratch then please try to donate something to keep this attraction free for future generations.
- The Zoo is located right at the center of Lincoln Park, a large green area that runs alongside the Chicago lakeshore. Normally there is sufficient parking and it is also a lovely place for a walk or a picnic. Be sure to spend some time at the Lakeshore too!
- For a map of the Zoo grounds and a listing of highlights in and around the Zoo download and print out the Visitor's Guide before making your trip.