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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

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Address: 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808-1594
Phone Number: +1 260-427-6800
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Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award

...and also voted...

Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award

...and also voted Indiana's #1 Summer "Gotta-Do" Attraction in a contest sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism & Development.

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is operated by the non-profit Fort Wayne Zoological Society under a cooperative agreement with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreations Department. The zoo receives no tax funding for operations and operates solely on earned revenue and donations.

Our Mission:

Connecting kids and animals

Strengthening families,

Inspiring people to care.

The zoo is closed for the season. Plan a visit when we reopen for the season on April 25, 2015.

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Great family zoo

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is great. There is something for everyone. They keep improving it and making it better and better. I love the orangutans. It's a great place to spend... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is great. There is something for everyone. They keep improving it and making it better and better. I love the orangutans. It's a great place to spend the day.

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Columbia City, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a wonderdul place to bring friends from out of toen. The childrens zoo has quite a few different animals. There is plenty to do there and experience as well. If you want food there are 2 restaurants to try thought just a little pricey. The food was well. The train ride gives you a little relaxation from... More 

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Saint Joe, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been to zoo many, many times. It's one of the best in the US, but if you want to see animals, you need to make sure the animals are out. Otherwise, it's just a lot of walking. There are several different rides. We like the sky ride.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is not just for kids. The zoo has many unusual animals. They are easy to view and some interact with visitors. The zoo is well designed. We did one half in the morning, left to have lunch, then visited the other halfin the afternoon. You could spend more or less time. Staff were at some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is our go to place when we have the wee ones and they have lots of energy to run off. The petting area is where they like to go but watch those goats, they will run you over. Wonderful locations within the park to take family pictures or just wildlife photos;lots of beautiful vegetation. If you live close, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love the overall layout of the zoo. My favorite exhibits were the giraffes and the walkabout. The giraffes come right up to the observation deck and get close enough to eat from your hands. The walkabout lets you get close, but not too close, to the Kangaroos as they bounce around their exhibit.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The zoo is so wonderful. They are constantly upgrading it and changing it to be different and exciting. The number of events they hold each year is also truly impressive! It really is an asset to our community and definitely a place I recommend all visitors attend!

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly zoo, just the right size especially for kids. The train was a favorite with my young nieces and nephews. The exhibits are clean and have a natural environment feel to them. We had a fun time here.

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We make the most of our space and facility, and try to make sure all areas of the facility feel part of the experience. We're glad that you had fun on the train with your nieces and nephews. We hope you'll visit us again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From price of admission to inside-zoo extras, this is not a cheap trip. That being said, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo has so much to offer that no one, children or adults, will be disappointed. My best advice is to use your existing zoo membership if you're from out of town to help reduce the cost of the trip. The... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We are glad you enjoyed your trip. We honor a 50% price discount to members of over 140 different zoos across the country (full list of participating zoos on our website). It's a great way to get an extra perk for your membership at your local zoo. Thank you... More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Peaceful and compact zoo with good variety of animals. Pathways are spacious but still close enough to minimize how far you have to walk between exhibits and plus when you have little ones. Good for couples with some down time and definitely families of all sizes and ages.

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We work to make it a fun and engaging trip for guests of all ages. More 

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