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Washington Park Zoo

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Address: 115 Lakeshore Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone Number: (219) 873-1510
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Description: The Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a...
The Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune close to the lake, and is home to more than 200 animals. It is owned and operated by the City of Michigan City, Indiana.
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Great for kids

We volunteered for "boo at the zoo" to hand out candy. It was loads of fun! Nice to see all the adorable kids dressed up for Halloween! Bring your kids for tons of fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Michigan City, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not only do they charge to park but also for entrance to the zoo. Zoo is small & not very clean. Even our children were not impressed.

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118 reviews 118 reviews
47 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We volunteered for "boo at the zoo" to hand out candy. It was loads of fun! Nice to see all the adorable kids dressed up for Halloween! Bring your kids for tons of fun.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Very clean zoo. There are not a lot of animals to see. The zoo is good for little kids. We went to the Boo at the Zoo and that was really nice.

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Quincy, Illinois, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Saturday was my first visit to the zoo since 1964, when I was five. I had been looking forward to coming back for some time. I remember I had a great time there 50 years ago and worried I'd be disappointed now that I'm old. No disappointment at all. The Boo at the Zoo event was Saturday, and I had... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

the zoo have a lot of difficult species . The size zoo little zoo it take 1hour walk around the zoo. U can fed birds for $1.00

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was a last minute decision for us to stop here after a wedding we attending with famly at Lakeside Inn. We were with an 8 year old, 5 year old and 1 year old. What a great little zoo. The kids really enjoyed themselves. It's not crowded so it's great for the kids to be able to run around.... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a Zoo that is known for success in breeding difficult species. Although not a large or expansive zoo it is well worth the walk around since it feels like a pleasant place to be. The residents are well cared for and healthy and the enclosures are safe. Be aware of the tiger cage..You are very close and they... More 

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Farmer City, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Nice little zoo I guess if you have a couple of hours to kill. The largest outside attraction is now closed...and probably wont reopen for a long time till they get the money to refurbish it. They do have white tigers that are neat to look at. They also have some baby tigers and monkeys but were both out of... More 

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New Albany, Indiana
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I visited the zoo while on a weekend trip to Washington Park, and had a wonderful time! The zoo was very quaint, and affordable. I went on a Saturday Morning a little after they opened, and there were only a handful of visitors in the zoo, many were families with small children. The small size of the zoo made the... More 

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Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It's small, but fine for toddlers. The monkey exhibit is out of commission, unfortunately. The walk-thru bird exhibit is pretty cool. You can get Popsicle sticks with bird food to feed to the little birdies. The kids love it cuz the birds will fly up to them, land on their arms or hands, and munch away. Several of the paths... More 

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