Wildlife Prairie Park

Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City: Hours, Address, Wildlife Prairie Park Reviews: 4/5

Wildlife Prairie Park
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09:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:30
Sunday
09:00 - 16:30
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Michael V
Washington, IL2 contributions
Great Overnight Getaway
Aug 2015 • Couples
Headed out to WPP to do some tent camping in celebration of a friend's birthday. The campground was clean and peaceful, not too crowded, and there are beautiful hiking trails and lakes/ponds to explore. For the price, you can't really beat it!
Written 6 August 2015
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LAAEastPeoria_IL
East Peoria,IL128 contributions
Nice Place to spend a day
Aug 2014 • Family
This is a nice park and easy to walk. Animals are housed in natural habitats so you must be quiet and patient if you want to view some of them as many tend to hide within their enclosures. Also, for animal viewing a cooler day or time of day is better than hot humid midsummer days in Illinois. Take your time and really enjoy getting out into nature. There is also a farmstead to visit, picnic areas, exhibits, two gift shops. You can also purchase food. Picnic areas are available and it is a great place for a picnic. There is a train to ride (extra charge).
Written 29 July 2015
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dwkfoster
Medellin, Colombia582 contributions
Wonderful day out in the Sun
Jul 2015 • Family
Great Park. The Bison and Elk were cooling of in the lake, the Black Bears were very activie as were the wWolves and Foxes.
Took the little train on both the North and South lines.
All in all a great day out, and well worth the entry fee.
Written 20 July 2015
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Luis T
Hainesville, IL108 contributions
get close to illinois wildlife
Jul 2015 • Family
My family had a great experience at this park. We saw bison, elk, wolves, bears, cougars, bobcat and more. We took the Adventure Trek (additional fee) and were taken to see "Big Mike", a bison who is separated from the herd. We got up-close and personal with him, including feeding him by hand. This may not be part of all treks as they may change the route based on time limitations.
We also saw the elk and bison heard really up close.
We saw wolves in some of their natural behavior, including eating a bird that looked like the wolf may have killed himself. We were so close that could hear the bird's bones breaking.
Your experience may vary as the animals are free to roam a much larger area than in other "zoo" settings.
Written 5 July 2015
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Friends4964
Canton, IL45 contributions
Love the park!!
Jul 2014
A nice place to see the animals in a natural habitat. Sometimes with all of the foliage, it is hard to find them, but that is what nature does to protect the animals.
Written 30 June 2015
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PhotoGirl75
Riverside, IL70 contributions
Caboose Adventure for six 2-6 year olds
Jun 2015 • Family
Visited this weekend with two other couples - we rented three of the four cabooses for two nights - I've written a separate review under the lodging section. (But by staying at the park you get admission to the park too.) There are a few different types of accommodations - definitely worth checking out.
The park has a lot of stuff for the kids to do - probably better for younger kids. There's a small train that runs throughout the park - the kids loved that. In the main depot there's a small train museum with some wooden toy trains for the kids to play with while they're waiting. And it's air conditioned - which was nice this weekend because it was so hot and humid.
The park has a lot of animal exhibits, an old school house, butterfly garden, etc. We didn't do the adventure trek so I can't speak to that.
The staff and volunteers were all very friendly and helpful. At one point they brought out food for the animals and were happy to let the kids help feed them. (Goats, pigs, chickens, etc.) The butterfly garden was nice but didn't have a lot of butterflies.
There are places at the park to get food - we ate lunch at the Wildside Grill. It's your standard public establishment kind of fare - burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets. They had a limited selection of beer and wine. No salads or veggies to speak of - not sure what a vegetarian would do. Great views of the bison/elk range. A bit on the pricey side - but no more or less than any other zoo or museum. I just chalk it up to an added donation to support the park. If it's a concern you can certainly bring in a picnic lunch.
All in all, it was a good trip. Not very crowded though they're certainly set up for more crowds. I asked the man running the train how busy they get - considering we were there on a Saturday and it wasn't very busy. He said it definitely depends on the weather and since there was a good chance of rain and storms it probably kept a lot of people away. (Better for us, I guess.)
The park is nice, but could benefit from additional funding and maybe some creative marketing efforts. It's only a few (2.5) hours from the Chicago area (where we are from) yet no one has even heard of it. (In fact, a lot of people from around central Illinois/Peoria area haven't heard of it.)
There are some special events that they host which might be nice to check out. I did see some signs for the Olde English Faire in Peoria so they're trying.
Written 14 June 2015
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Carissa J
East Peoria, IL25 contributions
Was very disappointed
May 2015 • Family
Ive stayed overnight here on two separate occasion and wasn't pleased. You get access to the park the whole time you are here, but the lodging stables and caboose werent very clean. The caboose had a very bad oder, the toilet was leaking, lots of dead bugs in the window seals. The sleeping arrangement is two sets of bunk beds and one of them is a futon bunk bed and the mattress are very old and uncomfortable. When visiting the trails on both occasions we barley seen any animals. There was no food to feed the animals in the petting zoo area. The best part about our stay was fishing with the family. They could clean up around the lakes some tho.
Written 28 May 2015
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captnemo62
Orlando, FL719 contributions
Great way to spend a few hours
May 2015 • Family
I haven't been to Wildlife Prairie Park since they 1st opened. I had a lot of extra time to decided to run out and see it. It was so worth the trip.
It was $9.00 per adult to get in...I know there are other discounted rated but I don't recall what it was.
I got there just in time to watch them feed the wolves, foxes and cougars.....the fox didn't want to cooperated but the others came running. I then broke away from the others and just wandered around. The bears and buffalo were fun to watch.
They also had a homestead with all the animals that one would find on one.
They have different event throughout the year. I can't wait to go back.
Written 27 May 2015
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Janet C
Rockford, IL26 contributions
Bison Blessing and Pow Wow.
This park is Awesome! It is 2-3 miles of wildlife refuse. It has Bison,Elk,Wolves, Cougars and critters that make our country home.
My husband and I along with another couple went down for the Bison Blessing, which is a Native American ceremony to not only pray for the Bison,but all animals.
And even though it was cold,and rainy, we had a wonderful time.
Oh yeah, they even have a museum, but the park has fishing, camping biking trails, pioneer farmstead, too much stuff to put down here. So I definitely encourage you to go and experience it for yourself.
My husband and I are definitely going to go again next year.
Written 26 April 2015
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Susan M
Davenport, IA227 contributions
"I Always Look Foward To My Next Visit To The Wildlife Prairie Park"
Mar 2015 • Family
The Wildlife Prairie Park features animals native to this region of the country. So while you won't see any elephants or lions, you will see wolves, coyotes, black bear, cougars, fox & more from nature trails as they roam in large enclosures. Sometimes you may have difficulty seeing the animals. During the summer heat for example they may decide to stay in their homes or sleep in the shade.Even on cooler days it can be difficult to spot them once the leaves are fully out on the trees. Some attractions are seasonal,such as the train and the pioneer village that features farm animals visitors can pet and feed. There are a number of hiking trails,off road biking trails and while I haven't spent the night there,the Prairie Park offers several types of accomodations that are certainly unique looking. Even though we live about 90 minutes away from the park, we have a membership and enjoy taking grandchildren and friends there.
Written 27 March 2015
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