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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

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Address: 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
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+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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One of the best zoos in the US for a reason!

Before my youngest was in school all day, we had season passes. Great zoo, with wonderful attractions. You cannot get through everything in one day. If you are in from out of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Before my youngest was in school all day, we had season passes. Great zoo, with wonderful attractions. You cannot get through everything in one day. If you are in from out of town, you might want to schedule 2 days, unless there are some exhibits you don't mind skipping. If you have the opportunity to pack a lunch, you can... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been to quite a few zoo's in the surrounding states. For the best Overall Experience, to see wonderful Habitats and enjoyable experience with Children. This Zoo is a must. Best Balance of Education, Fun and overall enjoyable experience. Must See is the New Stingray Exhibit.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fort Wayne's zoo beats Indy, Cleveland and Columbus there's no compare! The African Veldt, Australian Outback and Rainforest are amazing, interactive and very attractive. There's a great assortment of extra rides, but just taking in all of the sights and exhibit are sure to keep you're entire crew busy. Don't miss out on the sea lion feedings. These guys put... More 

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Dayton, OH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been going to this zoo for over 30 years. Always clean and fun. Pony rides, a train ride, petting area.

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

Every Year we get a Family Membership. That way we can go all day or just for a short time ! Very Clean Zoo !

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

This zoo is always expanding. It is clean and well laid out. It is easy to find and a fun place to visit for adults and children. The Christmas presentation is fabulous although there are usually long lines.

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FortWayneZoo, Guest Service Supervisor at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Elaine. We do our best to keep our facility looking nice and we are so happy to hear when our guests notice our hard work. We hope to see you next season when we open on April 22nd. More 

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

It's no Cincinnati Zoo or Lincoln Park Zoo but for a city the size of Fort Wayne, it's really a great zoo. My teenaged girls love to go there several times over the summer and always come back with smiles on their faces. They also have great volunteer activities and opportunities to actually feed some of the animals, like giraffes.

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Thank jimmysnack
FortWayneZoo, Guest Service Supervisor at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Jimmy. We are so glad to hear that your girls love visiting the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We are also very proud of our volunteer program here at the zoo that provides a really unique way to help out in the Fort Wayne Community. We look forward to your visit next season where you can check... More 

Atlanta, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many animals in such a little area. It is designed nicely, and kept so clean. Have you ever fed a giraffe, you can at this zoo. You can ride a ski lift above the plains animals. A beautiful zoo and I will definitely be going back to visit.

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FortWayneZoo, Guest Service Supervisor at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review, Jody. The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo loves to provide our guests with unique experiences that you can't find anywhere else. One of the best ways to get a unique experience is to check out our website to see some of the VIP experiences that we offer. We could find yourself helping deliver lunch to... More 

Warsaw, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

Next time you are in FtWayne stop in. Bring your date or the kids. Take a stroll ,bring the picnic basket and the camera. The monkeys love there pictures taken! Make some perfect memories at the zoo!!

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FortWayneZoo, Guest Service Supervisor at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks Chris for taking the time to review the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We think that your idea of bringing a date to the zoo is an excellent idea. What great way to get to know someone by walking around, talking and taking pictures of animals from all over the world. You and your date may even get to feed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

If you plan on going here more than once throughout the year (and you SHOULD) buy the family membership. It is worth it! This is an incredible zoo! We loved to pack a picnic and go closer to the end of the day, it wasn't as busy. We would pick one section of the zoo and wander through it, it... More 

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