Best Place for Family Fun

Wildlife Prairie Park

Located just outside of Peoria, Wildlife Prairie Park has been a family favorite for more than four decades, providing an inside look at the animal and plant life native to the Midwestern prairie. The 1,800-acre zoological park is home to 60 different species and more than 150 animals—with spectacular natural landscapes providing a distinctive backdrop for wildlife viewing. There’s also a sculpture walk, butterfly habitat, train rides, playgrounds and a wide range of recreation opportunities—including options for fishing and boating, disc golf, and over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails.

From summer camps and scouting programs to unique festivals and special events, the park is a center of activity for kids and adults alike. Unique lodging options and event spaces are available for once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebrations, holiday parties, corporate retreats, or just to get away and explore nature for a day! It’s a crown jewel of the Midwest and a beloved setting for an enduring mission of conservation, education and recreation.

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