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Go on Safari at Aikman Wildlife Adventure

Aikman Wildlife Adventure opened last year in Arcola, and has since grown into one of the biggest and best tourist attractions in Southern Illinois. The Adventure Park has more then 150 different animals, and over 50 different species, just waiting to be seen. Living in the Midwest, this is about as close to an African Safari as we can get with out a passport.

Aikman Wildlife Adventure is currently offering several great ways to experience this unique park. A walk through adventure, a drive through adventure, and a wagon ride adventure! There is also a petting zoo and a behind the scenes tour, and coming soon to the park will be an Aviary Adventure.

On the walk through adventure, you are free to explore the park and see many different animals in their own habitats. This tour is also where the petting zoo is located, as well as camel rides on Saturdays. On the tour you will see kangaroos, lemurs, hyenas, and much much more!
The drive through adventure, is a great way to see many of the animals from the comfort of your car. This tour will lead you on a mile long path through the sanctuary.
Many times the animals will walk up and greet you as you make your way through the park.

The wagon ride adventure, is a great opportunity to feed the animals. This tour is narrated by knowledgeable guides and is a great learning experience for everyone. This tour also includes admission for the walk through adventure.
Looking for a little more Adventure? The behind the scenes tour may be exactly what your looking for. This is the ultimate up close and personal experience. On this tour you ride with our guide on a 6-seat side by side UTV. You will leave the beaten path, and cut your own trail through the park. This adventure allows you to visit the kangaroo habitat, and even visit a pair of wolf-dog pups!

The petting zoo is a great way for the kids to get up close and personal with many different types of animals. Admission to the petting zoo is always free, and cups of feed are sold for $1 each.

The park is packed with everything from farm animals, to much more exotic species. Including wildebeests, camels, zebras, bison, llamas, kangaroos, and a whole lot more. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Aikman Wildlife Adventure is located at 125 North County Road 425E Arcola Illinois 61910 for more information visit



  1. Never knew this place existed, great share

  2. This looks like a great place! I will be taking my boys this summer.

  3. This place sounds amazing

  4. Glad I found your blog, very cool locations. Lived in Illinois all my life and never knew of this place!

  5. nice article

  6. I need to plan a visit with my parents

  7. This place looks amazing great find

  8. This place has real potential, what a great idea! I will be visiting this summer.

  9. Very funny pictures of the animals, cool location in central Illinois will be taking a visit when they open

  10. Another idea for my summer bucket list

  11. This site never fails to amaze me! Great stuff, always wanted to go on safari.

  12. I want to visit this place, will you be giving away a gift card here?? If so you have to choose me, my kiddos would love this place

  13. Cool place is this new?

  14. We will be stopping by when we visit my mother, she will love this and wont have to walk to see the animals!

  15. How far is this from joliet?

  16. Mark, you are filling up my whole summer with all these cool finds! Love reading about all your adventures!

  17. Ihad heard of this place but never knew where it was located, great post

  18. Will bring the grandkids this summer, I love that your articles are close to chicago

  19. Awesome article thank you looks great

  20. Wow! Never knew this place existed! very cool

  21. This place looks great planning a trip soon

  22. Are you giving away a gift card to this place? I want to take a visit!

  23. Another great place to take our family! Thanks for this awesome post.

  24. Looks like our family is heading on safari thank you for all the great locations

  25. Is this close to Chicago

  26. This place looks awesome bro, need to take my son next weekend

  27. May have to pay a visit and check this place out cool post

  28. My family loves all the adventures you share, we have been taking trips every other weekend to the places we find on your page. Keep up the good work!

  29. Adventure Monthly

    June 7, 2017 at 2:44 am

    One of the better websites I have found, very good work! We are putting you in the running for our 10 best adventure blogs of 2017.

  30. Wow, I showed this to me husband and he said we could visit next weekend, the kids are gonna live it, thank you

  31. I pass through hear every week nothin but a bunch of cattle tossing rainbow loving freaks in these parts. African safari serves em right down hear.

  32. We visited last weekend, we had a very good time. Thank you for this referal

  33. Totally fucking love this page bro, great info all over the Midwest. Living in Chicago im only a few hours drive from any of these places. Rock on!!

  34. We are planning to visit this weekend hope the weather is nice!

  35. We went and had a fabulous time! Thank you for the referral.

  36. Took my wife, over the weekend. Had a good time, thanks for sharing this story.

  37. Pretty cool little business here, my kids enjoyed all the animals.

  38. Stopped by for a visit on my way back from Chicago. Great place friendly staff well ran tours.

  39. We really enjoyed our visit, love your website, and all the great locations you feature on it. This has been one of our most active summers ever, and it’s because of this site. Thnaks for posting stories that are so close to home.

  40. Need to visit.

  41. Hoping to visit this weekend, looks fabulous.

  42. Took a trip this summer, would of been better if it did not rain. Need to try again in the spring.

  43. We visited all of your adventure sites in illinois and iowa this summer but the safari was our favorite. our summer was amazing and hope you have a whole nex list for next summer keep up the good work.

  44. Safari in Illinois! Looks fun!

  45. I would love to take my kids here!

  46. Wow this is so cool my kids would love this and we dont have to even leave the car. Planning a trip in the spring.

  47. No woman could ever keep up with me in the woods. Thats why I take trips with my boys and leave the women at home. More fun without them anyway.

  48. I enjoy travelling to new places!

  49. I love this site

  50. I wonder if they are open now or only in the summer months?

  51. A perfect trip for lazy people, you can sit on your ass while someone else drives you around looking at animals. Way to contribute to our countries obesity problem!!

  52. Very funny pictures

  53. Any Lions? I want to see a lion fight a big ass bear. You think they would arrange this for me?

  54. wow this looks radical would of never guessed something like this was in illinois to cool

  55. Need to visit this safari how great is this?

  56. The owners are dicks, do not visit this sofari

  57. pretty cool idea

  58. Wow is this for real? never heard of this place beofre neat!

  59. This is so cool! Love it can’t wait to take my family.

  60. This could be fun!

  61. Very nice zoo to visit.

  62. fun tour with lots of animail variety it was nice to be ableto stayin our car on a hot day and not have to walk like you do at the zoo

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