Lincoln Park Zoo is perfect for a family outing. Built in 1868, it is one of the oldest zoological gardens in the country. ... More
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is perfect for a family outing. Built in 1868, it is one of the oldest zoological gardens in the country. The zoo management team comprises experts in wildlife conservation, community education and recreation. The zoo, which attracts more than three million visitors a year, is open all year-round and is the only free zoo in the nation.
Parking lot fills up quickly. If able to get on lot, rate will be $14.00 for up to 3 hours.
Quite a bit of garbage on paths and grassy areas.
Food and beverages add up quickly. Our family of 6 had lunch for over $30.00
Parking meters on streets surrounding park is $1.00 for 2 hours.
Wonderful exhibits and animals.
Can bring in lunch, snacks, beverages.
I love Lincoln Park Zoo, I have been going since I wsa a kid. It is completely free and I has great animals. This summer My boyfriend came to Chicago and we went to the zoo and had a ball, we went paddle boating, went to the petting Zoo and had ice cream. It is in a great location, right off the lake.
Parking for the zoo is really steep, but when you consider that the zoo is free it works itself out, esp if you have a carload of people. There are a lot of animals, but the enclosures for a lot of the big cats seemed small. We went on a hot day and there is not a lot of shade or air conditioned places. There were nicely decorated water fountains around so bring your own water bottle to fill up. They rent out strollers for cheap, but keep in mind they are not the greatest, but they get your kids around.
I was disappointed as there were no elephants and there were no places where you could feed the animals. We ate at the Big Cats Cafe and the food was not great. Our wraps were all soggy and did not come with drinks which for the price they should have.
If I were in the area again, I would like to check out the zoo again. I suggest bringing your own stroller, snacks and drinks, and a bagged lunch.
Not exactly a must-see in this Windy City, but still a decent place to visit once you've seen all the main attractions. After all, it's free and it has most of the usual animals that you would find in other bigger zoos. The polar bear exhibit is my favorite. Definitely a great place to spend with your family and kids!
My Husband and I went to visit the zoo where are parents would take us as kids. When we went to see the exhibition of the pinguins that was a very sad moment because some of the pinguins look like there are ready to die and also the polar bears did not look heathly at all. The lions looked a little on the thin side and there was only three sea lions. The exhibition of the sea lion in the bottom is has a leak in which eventually its going to get worse. the giraffe have a very small indoor exhibition and the hippo was not the same hippo that they had before they renovated of the zoo back in the end 2002. I was looking forward to seen the elephants but guess what there is no more elephants in Lincoln Park Zoo since the renovation. The reptiles exhition is not the same there is not enough snakes like before. In our opinion this zoo is only good for little kids no older than 10 years old because the animals don't look heathly or good taken care off.
Everytime my grandchildren come to the city the zoo is first on their list!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/11/06
It's a beautiful & educational environment. The nice part is it's free. Clean & safe. There is nothing to dislike. The monkey house is our favorite. The staff always answer questions and genuinely enjoy their job. Thankyou! Carol Blazekovich
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