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Lincoln Park Zoo offers two field trip experiences. 

  • GENERAL FIELD TRIPS: a self-guided, no-cost experience for children through adult offered all year long
  • ZOO EXPLORERS: a facilitated, fee-based experience for school-aged children offered September through May only

For General Field Trips, scroll to the bottom of this screen to select one of the two General Field Trip options.  A select number of bus groups can be accommodated per day - if "Not Available" is listed by your date choice, please select another date. Listed capacities are the number of buses accommodated, not participant count.

Zoo Explorers programs are limited to 20 students for prekindergarten groups and 35 students for kindergarten through 8th grade groups. If your group has more than the stated maximums, please reserve more than one Zoo Explorers time slot.  Note: if you have been awarded a Zoo Explorers scholarship code, that will be entered on the checkout page. Scholarship recipients must reserve their visit to occur on or before April 30. 

Groups coming by bus must provide their own transportation. Please note that buses may not park in the Cannon Drive parking lot between April 1-September 30. During this time we suggest that buses utilize the Chicago Park District for bus parking. More information can be found at

Enjoy your day at the zoo!

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Date (1/1/2013 - 12/31/2025)
 ❮ December 2019 ❯ 
Availability on 12/7/2019
Facilitated ZOO EXPLORERS 10:00 a.m. (10:00 AM - 10:55 AM)
Costs $40 per day
Capacity: Unlimited
Facilitated ZOO EXPLORERS 11:15 a.m. (11:15 AM - 12:10 PM)
Costs $40 per day
Capacity: Unlimited
Facilitated ZOO EXPLORERS 12:30 p.m. (12:30 PM - 1:25 PM)
Costs $40 per day
Capacity: Unlimited
General Field Trip Using Buses Provided By Your Organization (7:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
Capacity: 75
Remaining: 75
General Field Trip via Walking, Public Transit, Car Pooling (7:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
Capacity: Unlimited
No reservations.

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Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days a year and is FREE every day!