Zoos in CHAMPAIGN with kids

It’s animal time in Champaign, Illinois and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Champaign because this The Prairie State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Scovill Zoo

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    (41 miles) Decatur

    Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!

  • Miller Park Zoo

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    (47 miles) Bloomington

    Offers an extensive collection of well cared for animals, reptiles and birds from around the word, with a daily animal feeding schedule, plus keeper talks and interaction opportunities.

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    (76 miles) Springfield

    Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!

  • Peoria Zoo

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    (81 miles) Peoria

    Explore the animals of Africa, Asia, Australia, yet next leave Illinois! Peoria Zoo features amazing learning opportunities for kids, and great animal fun!

  • Wildlife Prairie Park

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    (90 miles) Hanna City

    2,000 acre of beautiful parkland with a wildlife park home to 150 creatures over 50 species. With a fishing lake, mountain bike tracks and hiking tracks, this really is an outdoor adventure for the ...

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  • The Bouncin Barn

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    (64 miles) Terre Haute

    Great exercise for the kids on rainy days and in the winter. Also, basketball gym too!

  • Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

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    (9 miles) Mahomet

    900 acres of wooded parkland featuring opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and sledding, plus the Hi-Tower Observation Deck.

  • Kickapoo State Park

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    (27 miles) Oakwood

    A paradise for nature enthusiasts, water sports or boating fans and all kinds of wildlife lovers, plus a great adventure playground, and in winter one may try cross-country skiing, sledding, ice ...

  • Kennekuk County Park

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    (29 miles) Danville

    Grass prairie areas, oak and hickory forests, lakes, 3 nature preserves and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. The visitor center offers a 1000 gallon aquarium, natural history museum and American Indian ...

  • Forest Glen Nature Preserve

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    (29 miles) Danville

    Canoe the Vermilion River, climb the observation tower, camp, picnic and explore using the River Ridge Back Pack Trail.

  • Douglas Hart Nature Center

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    (43 miles) East Mattoon

    The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.

  • Ballard Nature Center

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    (77 miles) Altamont

    Nature Trails and a kids' fishing pond in Illinois, with fun interactive displays, and bird and squirrel watching indoors! Nature fun with handicapped accessible features too.

  • Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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    (92 miles) Utica

    Great indoor water fun at this resort, with day passes available. 24,000 square feet of play zones, slides and lazy rivers! Great Illinois water fun all year round!

  • Joliet Splash Station

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    (95 miles) Joliet

    Splashing family fun with this Illinois water park, with tunnels, slides, rapids, ravines, and tubes!

  • Gradys Family Fun Park

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    (45 miles) Bloomington

    Grady's Family Fun Park consists of 12 Batting Cages, 18 Go Karts, 16 Bumper Boats, 16 Bumper Cars, an 18 hole Deluxe Miniature Golf Course, a Video Arcade, and various carnival rides including, Red ...

  • Bogeys Family Fun Center

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    (65 miles) Terre Haute

    Great indoor and outdoor family fun in Indiana with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, a kids playland, and an arcade too!

  • Fair Oaks Farms

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    (80 miles) Fair Oaks

    Dairy adventures, farm fun, and animal encounters at this Indiana farm, where kids can learn about sustainable farming and enjoy great events!

  • Wizard Of Oz Garden

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    (84 miles) Mapleton

    Follow the yellow brick road into this fun themed garden in Illinois, where kids can travel through forests, Munchinkland, and castles!

  • Family Fun Zone

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    (99 miles) Crest Hill

    So much family fun with roller skating, laser tag, a full arcade, and prize redemption in Crest Hill. Perfect for kids under 14 years. Are you ready to have FUN!?

  • Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park

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    (99 miles) Joliet

    14 acres of family amusement park fun in Jollet, with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, and of course - RIDES - for a year round "Halloween" experience!

  • Springfield Walks

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    (77 miles) Springfield

    Fun and fascinating walking tours around the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. Includes a full haunted history tour! Great for kids aged 5 and up.

  • Orpheum Children's Science Museum

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    Champaign

    A fun, creative and hands-on science museum in Champaign, Illinois where kids can learn and play through interactive exhibits. A great family day out!

  • Chanute Aerospace Museum

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    (13 miles) Rantoul

    For those aerospace and aviation loving families, this Illinois museum is a great family day out option for you! With real aircraft that kids can get up close to, it's a fascinating look at the ...

  • Monticello Railway Museum

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    (17 miles) Monticello

    A great museum for train lovers, with rail cars on display, exhibits on the history of trains and railroading, as well as weekend trains rides May to October! Choo Choo what a fun family day out in ...

  • Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum

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    (30 miles) Arcola

    The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola, Illinois. We are the only officially licensed Raggedy Ann & Andy museum in the world!

  • Childrens Museum of Illinois

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    (41 miles) Decatur

    Hands-on fun for kids aged 3 years to 12, with interactive exhibits in this children's museum to teach them about science, the arts, and more!

  • Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (48 miles) Normal

    3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences designed to reinforce love of thought and exploration in all ages. Serious fun.

  • Terra Haute Children's Museum

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    (63 miles) Terre Haute

    A fun science and tech learning experience for kids in Indiana, with hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play!

  • Exploration Station

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    (74 miles) Bourbonnais

    A fun interactive museum in Illinois where kids can climb inside a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, and sail on a ship - all part of the hands on discovery experience.

  • Illinois State Museum

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    (78 miles) Springfield

    The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois' natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum's extensive collections and research activities provide ...

  • Caterpillar Visitors Center

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    (81 miles) Peoria

    Self guided experience exploring the history of the brand's development which includes a motion simulator ride, heritage gallery, vintage vehicles and future concepts.

  • Peoria Riverfront Museum

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    (81 miles) Peoria

    An interdisciplinary extravaganza blanding art, history, science and achievement to an educative thrill that will get everyone seriously thinking. Plus 3D Giant Screen Cinema and Dome Planetarium.

  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences

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    (83 miles) Peoria

    The museum features exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Illinois Folk Art Gallery, Discovery Center, valuable collections of fine arts, folk arts and natural history, and educational programming for ...

  • Thunder Wolf Trail Rides

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    (27 miles) Oakwood

    Ooffers guided trail and pony rides against some spectacular scenery, plus lessons and classes, with all temperament of mounts available to suit all abilities.

  • Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climb

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    (48 miles) Bloomington

    We have many different rooms and areas for a total of more than 20,000 square feet of variable climbing surface making us one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Plus massive multi-level ...