Our second trip here and hoping to make this an annual event. We stayed in caboose #3 and friends were in #4. Such a fun and unique experience. I am in no way a camper and this to me was as rustic as I should go. A step up from "camping". The caboose was clean. Bunk beds in one room and a futon with a top bunk in the other room. The futon was very uncomfortable but the bunk beds were pretty good. The rooom comes with a microwave and small refridgerator. There are towels in the bathroom for at least 5 people. Bring everything else. Good heat. It was nice the first night and rained the next two days but we were still able to hike and see the animals. A ton of deers and bison from our view/site. The animal park is pretty good/adequate. Great little snake exhibit. Excellant for this being the midwest. Perfect place for kids/adults. We went to the rec room and played ping pong and fooseball. Dont forget to find the 20 foot slide in the playground area. It is hidden but super cool (even in the pouring rain). Will be back and hope to try the stables next time. The silo's are fun but only sleeps 2 (maybe 3). We did not grill out this time. Ordered a pizza from Casey's gas station up the road the 1st night and went into Peoria on the second night. Peoria is approx 10 min drive. We went to the outdoor mall and ate at Jillian's Sports bar. Do not eat there! Terrible food and the bar could not make a margarita and the bloody mary was undrinkable. They do have a connected bowling alley and arcade which was super fun for everyone. The mall is great. Old Navy, Charming Charlie's, Justice, etc...Lots of other restaurants in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 2,000 acre zoological park in central Illinois is the home to a variety of native animals to the area. With our unique lodging accommodations, you can sleep right next to a herd of bison and elk, hear the wolves howl at the moon, or even hear the hoot of an owl in the night. There is no other place in the area like Wildlife Prairie Park for a unique overnight experience. Whether you are a family looking for your next getaway, a business professional seeking a different kind of overnight experience, or just someone who likes the thrill of adventure, look no further than Wildlife Prairie Park for your overnight stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wildlife Prairie State Park Hotel Peoria