2054 W. Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL 60177
This resource is a gem camouflaged on Stearns Road in Bartlett, Illinois. When driving by the facility, it does not appear showy or particularly eye catching, and it is easy to miss, but going into the Nature Center at the James “Pate” Philip State Park and surrounding area is a completely different story. The goal of the Nature Center is to encourage kids to participate in the preservation of the natural areas and the animals that live within them through hands-on projects, games and activities. The Nature Center is part of the Bartlett Park District and the Center includes displays and collections, live exotic animals and a resource library.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Road
St. Charles IL 60175
This beautiful 10,500-square-foot building offers a wide range of attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. Hickory Knolls offers LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, live animal displays, interactive floor-to-ceiling murals, room rentals for special events and birthday parties hosted by a trained naturalist staff. The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is surrounded by a 131-acre natural area which includes restored wetlands, woodlands, savanna and prairie featuring hiking trails and a picnic pavilion. This natural treasure is a must visit if you are looking to appreciate what we have in Illinois.
Elgin Public Museum
225 Grand Blvd.
Elgin, IL 60120
The Elgin Public Museum houses a variety of collections that focus on history and anthropology. Examples of the collections are endangered species, Fox River ecosystem, Ice Age era, Irish deer, La Salle Expedition, Mason Creek fossils, Native American, Natural History and rocks and minerals. The museum is located within the lovely 108-acre Lords Park; the park offers playground equipment, eating areas and beautiful scenery to look at.
AZoosment Park at Santa’s Village
601 Dundee Ave.
West Dundee, IL 60118
AZoosment Park at Santa’s Village offers all members of the family a day filled with fun. It is a kiddie park that offers some rides and activities as well as animal attractions for kids ages 2-11. Kids can ride ponies and unlimited pony rides are included in the admission fee. Kids can also pet, feed and learn about farm and exotic animals. AZoosment Park at Santa’s Village is a great place to take a family day trip in the northwest suburbs. AZoosment Park is on the Santa’s Village property and some of the memorabilia and rides from Santa’s Village are in place at the park.
Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo
1180 N. Randall Road
West Dundee, IL 60118
There are many wonderful barnyard animals at Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo that are available for viewing, petting and feeding. Some of the animals include cows, goats, pigs, horses, sheep, ducks, deer, donkeys and peacocks, plus many more. Pony rides are also available for an additional fee. Randall Oaks also offers 141 acres of open space with several shelters, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, playgrounds and disc golf. It is a great place to spend time with animals and then picnic outside.