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See Your Favorite Animals at Wildlife and Zoos in Illinois
Spend the day exploring some of the wildlife and zoos around Illinois to make the most of your visit. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is one of the most-visited attractions in the state and serves as the home of more than 1,200 animals. Plan on spending at least a day here exploring the lush, natural park grounds and take the kids to the Carousel and Children’s Train Ride.
The Shedd Aquarium is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and has more than 1,500 speeches of animals, including 25,000 fish. It’s an educational wonderland for animal lovers and features exhibits including the Abbot Oceanarium and the Waters of the World exhibit. It’s located on Lake Shore Drive just a short drive from Lincoln Park Zoo.
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo is located near the shores of Lake Michigan in a lush natural park, minutes from downtown Chicago. Founded in 1868, the zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America, and is an ideal destination for families visiting the Chicago area. Spend a wonderful day exploring over 1,200 animals including polar bears, gorillas, monkeys, penguins, reptiles, sea lions, tigers and lions.
The Carousel and Children's Train Ride are also fun rides for little ones. Stop by the Wild Things! Gift Shop to shop for toys, books, clothing, jewelry and hand-made items. Open daily and free-of-charge, a visit to the zoo is fun for all Chicago visitors.
A thrill for visitors young and old, the Shedd Aquarium is nestled against the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Plan your next visit to the Chicago area and be sure it includes time spent exploring the Shedd Aquarium. Built in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium is a premier destination for visiting families.
As you explore the Shedd, you'll be able to view nearly 1,500 different species of animals, including 25,000 fish – there's five million gallons of water in total at the Shedd. Originally known as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, this educational wonderland features exhibits like Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, Abbot Oceanarium, and the Polar Play Zone.