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“A must see”
Review of Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo
Ranked #40 of 643 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos. The Great Ape House has one of the best assemblages of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Great place to spend a morning or afternoon. Took the bus which leaves you just outside the zoo. Even my 20 yr old son loved it. Big enough and interesting enough without it being overwhelming and feeling like you didn't have time to see all the animals. Very well organized. A must see!!

Thank Konmich
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This isn't the biggest zoo, but it's free, in a great location and has great facilities, so what's not to love? It's easy to get around, the gardens nearby are nice, you can see the lake -- makes for a great afternoon.

Thank Tigger1971
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited in December 2012. the festival of lights is a must see experience. They have so many lights and attractions to see that it never gets old. They offered us 3D glasses that even enhanced the experience (the light posts showed as a favorite Christmas Character) and they were FREE! Not only are the lights cool and fun, but a lot of the Zoo exhibits are open after dark, which is a totally unique experience. Something everyone must see once! We visited in the rain and even then it was totally worth it

1  Thank lougordon1306
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A wonderful place to spend time enjoying the outdoors and animals in downtown Chicago! Unbelievable that this is a free zoo (parking however is about $24). Immaculately kept, beautifully maintained. Everyone was wonderful and helpful. I would definitely recommend this zoo to anyone who is visiting downtown Chicago. Better if you can get there and no have to pay for parking! But even then it is well worth the trip. It worked out to be less than $6 per adult!

Thank Susan Z
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The zoo is beautiful, very well kept, free, and the animals were all very active. We visited the zoo in late June 2013 and we are so glad we did. We rode the bus, so we didn't have to worry about parking, but we heard others complaining about the lack of spaces and the high cost. Considering the beauty of the zoo and the free entrance, I would think it is a good trade-off. It was a great experience and is hands-down in the top five best zoos we have visited. It's absolutely beautiful. I loved how close you feel to the animals, particularly the meerkats, gorillas, and the big cats. This is a fabulous family-friendly destination.

1  Thank WrldTravLR09
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