Wildlife Prairie Park Hanna City
Where is it at?
Wildlife Prairie Park
3826 N Taylor Road
Tel: 309 676 0998
Where are we going today?
Wildlife, mountain biking, fishing, hiking...what an incredible outdoor adventure in nature for your family day out! Wildlife Prairie State Park is a beautiful experience, spread over 2,000 acres. The wildlife park has more than 150 creatures, made up of over 50 species for the kids to learn about - and all indigenous to Illinois which means that it really is a fascinating education for them!
Did you know Illinois was home to bison, black bears, fox, and elk? At the Wildlife Prairie State Park kids can experience all of these animals up close. There are even the super sweet domesticated farm animals for them to check out too!
Whilst the animals are a huge drawing card, the Widlife Prairie State Park is so much more than animals! The Prairie Zephyr Train lets the family experience the beauty of the state as they ride aboard the scenic train.
Want some more adventure? Then check out the Adventure Trek where you an climb aboard their modified bus with fun open air windows, and really go on a journey of exploration!
For those little ones, Gertie's Discovery Workshop is the place to be! Located in the Visitor Center, those smaller members of the family can experience hands-on learning activities -great to start their education at the park!
There are even FREE daily programs between Memorial Day and Labor Day - which include animal feeding!
But that's not all! Yep - those active families have five lakes to fish from, or take to the designated Mountain Bike trails. There are over 14 miles of hiking trails too! We LOVE the outdoors, and at Wildlife Prairie State Park you will too!
So if you LOVE animals, or nature, or adventure, or fun, OR all of the above, then make sure Wildlife Prairie State Park is on your family day out list of things to do!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$9 ($8 in winter)
- Children$6 (Ages 3 - 12) $5 in winter.
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
9am - 6:30pm 7 days a week (until Labor Day)
All year round. Train is seasonal.
With field trips, homeschooling trips and educational programs for only $3 per student, there are some great ways to introduce the education of animals to your students. .
You don't go hungry! There is a Wildside Grill, Sunday Brunch and Snack Shop available to fill your tummy's needs!.
Any Top Tips?
The park are always grateful for gifts they receive - from donations to support them to volunteers. The animals will thank you too! .
Doing our bit
The park ensure all of the animals welfare is their priority, and they will continue to look after the animals in a safe and stress free environment. .
Need a little extra help?
If you do have mobility difficulties, give the park a call before you get there and check what access there is for you. .
Can I get one of those?
The Adventure Store is brimming with nature-related items, from plush toy animals, to ornaments, clothing, jewelry, books, snacks and more - great for both adults AND kids! .
You can find free WiFi spots throughout the main park areas!.
What people are saying?
by Susan Stout
The Wildlife Prairie Park is a really nice place to go for people of all ages. I will visit it again. The workers were very nice and seemed like they enjoyed being there. The Scary Park was very good for our 6 and 5 yr old grandchildren. The lodging at Prairie Stables and the activity room left a lot to be desired. Cleanliness was four on a scale of ten. Lodging prices were very high, we pulled up stakes and went to the Marriott for less. Park prices were very fair.
by Andrea Salgado
I give it one star for plenty of reasons. The star is basically for Mike the Bison. Half the animals were dead. and they have sad Orphaned Animals. All they had were starving animals. They should've put a sign at the exhibit if the animals were not going to be there because it was a waste to even go see them. It was really sad to see this to be honest. I expected more from a STATE PARK. Wouldn't recommend it unless you don't want to see the animals.
by Vergel Estoye
AMESOME place to spend time with family so many different things to do for all ages. Recommend to get the family pass for the year get savings.
by Sandy Pomeroy
Family goes there every year. Have a family pass. Very worth the drive.
by Josh Childs
A fun little place for seeing native animals.