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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jachooz
Chicago Area10 contributions
Fun for the family
Jun 2014 • Family
As usual we loved being at the park. I don't know if it was just timing but there weren't that many animals that we could see. In the bird aviary there was some pretty big bird dead in its cage. It was sad no one had noticed. We did get super close to the fence with the black bears and saw a black bear that was close enough to touch if anyone have the nerve! (LOL) The train is fun but the scenery is boring. I wish the train ride showed more of the park. Kids LOVED the 50 ft slide. We had some fleece blankets with us and they went flying! it was the highlight of the day. I went to get them t-shirts and was super disappointed in the prices and selection. The newer, cooler ones were upwards of $20-$30 each. The cheaper ones I could afford were decorated with nothing to do with the park like kittens or puppies. needless to say my kids left without a souvenier.
Written 26 June 2014
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magiccode12
Saint Paul, MN194 contributions
Great Place to See Animals
May 2014 • Friends
This is a great place to see a wide variety of animals in one place. I enjoyed walking along the trails and seeing the animals. I enjoyed seeing the badger and the eagles the most. The park is very nice and the trails are easy to follow.
Written 25 May 2014
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Chief85
4 contributions
Would not recommend there Easter Buffet
Apr 2014
We had reservations for 1:30 pm for the Easter Buffet . We had heard they had good food . Arrived at 1:00 pm and they were backed up . Went to report in that we were there . Hostice said she would call us when they were ready to seat us . After 45 " went by we checked again . She said they were runing 1 hr behind . No clean dishes and no bus boys to clean tables . It would be at least 1 hour + . We told her to cancel our reservation we didn't want to wait a hour or more . I figured they would run out of food by then . This was very poor planing on there part . I don't think I will ever come back . Glad we hadn't got a membership . Sorry we had supported them by buying wild life Prarie park Licience plates . We went to Galesburg il went Sirloin Stockade and had a good meal . We were seated quickly had excellent service and good meal . They had prepared called in extra help in kitchen and waitress . Don't waste your time going to wildlife Prarie Park .
Written 20 April 2014
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z28colt
Goshen, KY83 contributions
Can't recommend
Apr 2014 • Family
We visited during the last weekend of March, outside of the normal travel season, so that may be part of the reason we didn't enjoy our trip as much as others. While we did save a dollar a person, it seemed as if half of the park was closed down. Several exhibits were empty, and the buildings were closed. The buffalo were 600 yards away. Several of the enclosures were in need of repair. We felt as if they should have warned us that half the park was closed, and we probably should have asked for a refund on the way out, as it was not cheap.
Written 8 April 2014
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Vicki R
Urbana, IL27 contributions
Great Place to visit and spend the night
May 2013 • Family
What a beautiful place to visit!! It's all in it's natural settings. The kids LOVED it and so did I! Great dining area as well. You get to look out the "all glass" (on one side) while dining. We saw adult and baby elk as well as adult and baby buffalo while enjoying our lunch. It was awesome!!
Written 20 March 2014
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Jason L
Bonne Terre, MO4 contributions
Stayed the weekend for business
Mar 2014 • Business
Everything was great and the management very flexible. I stayed in a fishing hut of sorts or Cottage #11. The weather was bad but the Cottage was warm. The main attractions were not available to me because I was gone during open hours and of course the lakes are still frozen but I will definitely be back. Have a lot of options for overnight and day trips and of course the wildlife.
Written 4 March 2014
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Lori Hatfield
Sulphur Bluff, Texas, United States11 contributions
AWESOME!!!! Great for Kids!!! and Adults!!
Apr 2013 • Family
This place is great, the animals have plenty of room to roam--unlike zoo's. They have learning experiences for kids and adults alike. They have a train ride through the park. We have actually stayed in their cottage on the lake...and had a blast...they are converted silo's and a very unique experience!! If you are traveling to Central Illinois this is a great place to stay, Wake up every morning and walk through and see the animals. We enjoyed our time there immensely!!
Written 14 November 2013
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1897756
Canton, IL15 contributions
Good time for Halloween
Oct 2013 • Family
Was a good time at wildlife scary park. It was fun to watch all the kids and the spooks. Had a nice train ride with lots of things to scare you . Will make it a stop again next year for Halloween. Also recommend you visit the park year round they have several things going on all year.
Written 10 November 2013
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IllinoisBombom
Peoria, IL90 contributions
Too nice for Peoria
Sep 2013 • Friends
It was like we were in a different city, Peoria usually has sub-standard sites to visit, but this was very professionally done. Wonderful place to take the family for a visit or to spend the day.
Written 20 September 2013
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TheTravelgirl2
47 contributions
Great place to bring the family!
Sep 2013 • Family
There is so much to do at this park, go to www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org for hours and details. I will just point out a few highlights we’ve experienced. This is a 2,000 acre zoological park, which is home to animals indigenous to Illinois such as bison, elk, black bear, cougars, foxes, wolves, waterfowl, and more. Great for strolling, hiking, or biking.

Parking can be confusing. Main parking for Visitor’s Center, Café, and trails to animals is about ½ mile from front entrance. After paying at entrance ($8 per person 13+up, $6 age 3-12) the first parking lot on the right is for the train depot. Next is for a play area. Next road to right leads to fishing, lakes, caboose lodging, etc. Continue straight for parking (but then keep right if you are a bus, or need Forest Hall Educational center parking or handicapped parking.)

Volunteers: I brought my 80 yr old mother from Florida to Wildlife PP last week. Due to health issue, she gets short of breath, so we tried to use the free electric scooter in the Visitor’s Center. It was plugged in, but we weren’t able to get it going, so we walked & rested all the way to the Pioneer Farmstead. An older gentleman volunteer appeared (making the rounds?) on a golf cart and offered to drive my mother back to Visitor’s center. I was sorry she couldn’t see more of the park, and he cheerfully said he would give her the “Grand Tour” and meet me near Merrill Woods. What a great ambassador for the park! He stopped at various sites and answered my mother’s questions with no sense of urgency. I caught up with them and we all chatted with a couple from England. Oh, we learned the electric scooter had been donated. Maybe it needed a new battery…

The Train: My Mom really wanted to take the train, so we drove to the other parking lot, purchased our $4 tickets (walk into pavilion area and towards train tracks- right side) and within 5 min the train appeared. FYI, it is a reduced size (2 adults can sit side-by-side,) open-air train, which goes South, comes back to the Station, picks up/drops off passengers and punches your ticket again, then goes North, then returns to the Station. Not an exciting ride, mostly trees and brush on either side. Go through a tunnel on the South loop, and see a little prairie on the North. Kids will love it. We enjoyed it.

Viewing Deck: Walk up the Wagon Trail Loop (first right after departing from Visitor’s Center) to the Viewing Deck. This part of trail is crushed rock- wish it was natural material… some trails would be difficult for strollers and wheelchairs. See “Molly” the black bear in a newly donated enclosure, adjacent to the Viewing Deck. May also see bison and elk from here.

Schoolhouse and Pioneer Farmstead: These are manned by costumed interpreter volunteers, who work when they can, so you never know if they’ll be there. We met a volunteer at Farmstead who was busy beating a rug with old-fashioned rug beater in the “back yard.”

Feedings: For details, check “Things to do” > “Public Programs” on website.
Daily 11:00 am feeding: Check schedule on website to see which animals and where.
Daily 1:00 pm feeding: Bison and Elk feeding in the pasture. View from the overlook (walk due west toward pasture from parking lot, keeping to the right of Visitor’s Center)

Educational Center: We used to come here when our boys were younger, and they earned some merit badges through the Educational Center. These included Environmental Science, Reptiles & Amphibians, Forestry, Mammal Study and Weather. Also have programs for Girl Scouts, schools, homeschoolers, birthdays, etc

“Wildlife Scary Park” This is a fun, family event in October, based at the Train Depot. Local organizations assist with event, including Trick-or-Treating, music, train rides, and food. Our son’s high school marching band provided “scary” music for the event several years ago.

Sunday Brunch: served in Prairie Hall on 2nd Sunday of the month. Reservations required.

Lodging: They have cottages and cabooses for $70-$150/night, though we’ve never stayed there so cannot comment.
Camping: They offer Tent camping for $20/night. For RV campers, stay at Jubilee College State Park- about 10 miles away, off Route 150.

Gift shop: There is a lame gift shop in the Visitor’s Center, but I like the Adventure Store better- located within the circle parking area.

Tip: Bring a picnic lunch- food is mediocre. Great place to stroll, go on a hike, or bring your bike. Don’t bring Fido though- they don’t allow pets!
Written 10 September 2013
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