Go wild with your little animals at our various animal experiences. Visit Prairie Farm, a traditional petting zoo with goats, sheep, pigs and more. Learn about the importance of bees to our ecosystem at the University of Illinois Pollinatarium. Even discover real Alaskan Reindeer at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch!
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch annually creates a 10-acre maze in different designs for visitors to navigate. Popular with local students, their flashlight maze in the evening bring a little extra thrill to finding your way out. Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch also offers a smaller maze, available August 24–October, popular with younger children wanting to get in on the game.
Whether you want to pick the apples right from the tree, or buy ingredients locally for cooking, we have an abundance of opportunities to get to know your food. Attend local farmer’s markets, buy local ingredients and take part in U-Pick experiences.