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Wildlife Discovery Center

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1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1589
+1 847-810-3663
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Discovery center -a fun and amazing place to visit!

We just happened to find this awesome treat just a couple miles from our hotel. We had a great day... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Runeth12
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Linden, Michigan
via mobile
Totally ignored by volunteers

This was our 3rd visit, we come once a year, and our 1st visit a worker took animals out for us... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
shellerRenee
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Gurnee, Illinois
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor6%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1589
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We just happened to find this awesome treat just a couple miles from our hotel. We had a great day! Saw an Asian monitor that was rumored to had belonged to Nicholas Cage. Also, saw Boris the Bobcat and Archie the armadillo! We went about...More

Thank Runeth12
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This was our 3rd visit, we come once a year, and our 1st visit a worker took animals out for us, answered questions,acknowledged us. But the last 2 times we were barely acknowledged by the volunteers, they avoided us, made no attempt to ask if...More

Thank shellerRenee
Reviewed 14 November 2016

My grandkids love this place. We love visiting with Dorothy and the other reptiles. The bobcat is very entertaining. And everything is free. The last time we visited we spent a lot of time at the park.

Thank Andreatte B
Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you are into reptiles this place has a great selection of snakes and lizards. They even have a number of venomous snakes including cottonmouth, copperhead and numerous rattlesnakes. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Great place to go for a walk.

Thank Dave K
Reviewed 2 September 2016

I have upped my rating to 5 stars since my last visit. Here are just some of the new things to view at the Center: #1 An Asian Water Monitor named "Grug" -- who used to belong to Nicholas Cage --has taken up residence in...More

1  Thank illinois travelere
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The setting is beautiful, and the location is easy to find. Sadly I don't really feel it is worth a special trip. Thankfully it is free. There aren't many animals to see, and most cages aren't labeled with any information. We found the site confusing...More

Thank AMH53108
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Huge outdoor area, rooms of reptiles and amphibians separated by cute corridors and hallways. I liked that the rooms were broken up and that at any point you could go outside and relax in between viewing the animals.

Thank Jasmine G
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a small, intimate little reptile zoo in a beautiful setting. The kids love it, although it doesn't fill much time unless you are already obsessed with reptiles...

Thank Rachelima
Reviewed 15 March 2016

There are several different areas where the animals, snakes, etc. are kept, and you can wander around. Elawa Farms is onsite as well, and there is an outside prairie walk available as well. Very interesting for smaller children.

Thank KeLarson
Reviewed 30 January 2016

The wildlife discovery center is a hidden gem! It has lizards, snakes, crocodiles, birds of prey and even a bobcat. If you come at the right time, you can watch them train the siamese crocodiles, which is really cool! It is very interactive, more so...More

Thank Lisa K
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