On a gray and rainy day at the end of January, Austin and I visited the Lincoln Park Zoo in Downtown Chicago.
We both love zoos and this one had free admission so we figured there was nothing to lose and it was time to go. The Lincoln Park Zoo covers 35-acres and is located on Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of he oldest zoos in the country.
Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation. Lincoln Park Zoo | About
The Brookfield Zoo is another zoo in Chicago and, unlike the Lincoln Park Zoo, they charge admission. Austin and I have spent a day there as well, but we both agreed that we liked the Lincoln Park Zoo better.
Even one this rare, warm day in January in Chicago, the zoo wasn’t crowded, and Austin and I had such a marvelous time meandering about. It was a bit damp, but there were plenty of indoor areas for staying dry. They have a vast myriad of animals and a carousel. Not only were the animals a joy to watch, but there architecture and botanicals were lovely to walk around looking at as well. The only less-than-ideal part of the adventure was finding parking, but, after about fifteen minutes, we found a perfect spot that wasn’t too far from the entrance.
If you’re in Chicago and looking for a wonderful (and free!) way to spend an afternoon, I highly recommend paying the Lincoln Park Zoo a visit.