Wildlife, mountain biking, fishing, hiking...what an incredible outdoor adventure in nature for your family day out! Wildlife Prairie 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!
Take the I-74 and exit 82. Follow the signs to the park. They are just 10 miles west of downtown Peoria, and the park is 2.5 miles south of the I-74.Get directions
$9 ($8 in winter)
$6 (Ages 3 - 12) $5 in winter.
Seniors $7. Winter admission is discounted for everyone.
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.
You don't go hungry! There is a Wildside Grill, Sunday Brunch and Snack Shop available to fill your tummy's needs!
The park are always grateful for gifts they receive - from donations to support them to volunteers. The animals will thank you too!
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!
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.
If you do have mobility difficulties, give the park a call before you get there and check what access there is for you.
You can find free WiFi spots throughout the main park areas!