Lincoln Park Zoo tour: Birds and butterflies

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Time: 1½ to 2½ hours

Location: Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive; Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond, Fullerton and Cannon

Cost: Parking for three hours. Admission to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: , kids 3-12, free 2 and under

The museum, with its butterflies and birds (access to North Pond Micole Birdwalk at the back), is one of the tot-friendliest stroller- and parking-accessible options.

  1. Try to find free parking on Cannon Drive. If there’s none, park at the northernmost tip of the Lincoln Park Zoo lot. From here it’s a good 15-minute stroll (about 400 steps) to the entrance of the museum.
  2. We’ve kept this jaunt bird and butterfly specific-visit another day for lots more stuff. Allow at least 30 minutes for the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Take a break, then 20 minutes in the Birds of Illinois exhibit (115 specimens). Riverworks is a fun water play area to finish with, if you don’t mind getting wet.
  3. Take another snack and potty break, then head outside through the rear to view some of the flowers and animals of Lincoln Park’s North Pond via the museum’s stroller-accessible Micole Birdwalk.
  4. Optional extra loop: Pack your stroller into the car and take a shady walk around the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond located right at the corner of the zoo parking lot and Fullerton
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