Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool Guests overlooking Kovler Seal Pool

Things to Do

COVID-19 Update

To ensure the safety of our staff and the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs and offerings listed below may be suspended at any time.

Daily Activities

Guests watching a training session with a western lowland gorilla

Lincoln Park Zoo’s daily activities last approximately 10 minutes and are open to all ages. Some of this season’s activities are listed below; however, all programs are subject to cancellation due to animal needs, inclement weather, or to ensure public safety. Additional programs may happen spontaneously around the zoo at various times.

Seal Training And Feeding

Map Marker Icon Kovler Seal Pool View on Map
Map Marker Icon 11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m

Training isn’t just for show—it helps us care for the animals! Learn how by watching this daily training session.

Ape Cognition and Care 

Map Marker Icon Regenstein Center for African Apes View on Map
Map Marker Icon 1:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

Discover the surprising methods we use to learn about and care for great apes.

Attractions

Children riding Lionel Train Adventure

Lionel Train Adventure

Tickets: $4 for 1 , $36 for 10, $69 for 20

Hobbyists have been stoked about Lionel Trains since 1900, the year the iconic train manufacturer was founded. Now, the Lionel Train Adventure ride at Lincoln Park Zoo is on track to become another cherish pastime.

This beautifully crafted attraction is located near the zoo’s West Gate and just south of Regenstein Macaque Forest. The trackless, 28-passenger train crossed over a quaint country bridge and wends past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a redbrick station. It features passenger cars, a coal car, and a wheelchair-accessible caboose.

Adult and child riding AT&T Endangered Species Carousel

AT&T Endangered Species Carousel

Tickets: $4 for 1 , $36 for 10, $69 for 20

The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel is a Chicago landmark adorned with 48 intricately hand-carved and beautifully hand-painted replicas of threatened animal species, plus two chariots. Both the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy these colorful models of baby gorillas, zebras, wild dogs, and more.

Early Childhood Activities

Farm-in-the-Zoo

Edible Gardens

April–October: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
For all ages

Map Marker Icon 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Join zoo volunteers and staff from the Green City Market to plant, weed, compost, and harvest–establishing a deeper connection to the resources that sustain humanity. The seasonal green-thumb fun includes planting tomatoes, pulling weeds, thinning carrots, harvesting green beans, and digging purple potatoes.