Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm
Lake Forest, Ill.
Cost: Free, donations appreciated.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; Noon-4 p.m. Sunday
Featuring over 150 animals including raptors, Laughing Kookaburras, crocodilians, turtles, tortoises, gila monsters, beaded lizards and rattlesnakes of North America. During regular visiting hours, you can talk with animal keepers and meet some of the animals. There is also the Middlefork Savanna Interpretive Trail, a historic farm and gardens, nature trails, a panoramic viewing deck and a park.