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Washington Park Zoo

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Address: 115 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360-3256
Phone Number: (219) 873-1510
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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 Zoo!

We decided to take a day trip up to Michigan City and I was so surprised that there was a Zoo here! While it is a small zoo, perfect for a half day outing, it was everything to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kate W
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to take a day trip up to Michigan City and I was so surprised that there was a Zoo here! While it is a small zoo, perfect for a half day outing, it was everything to be expected! Great exhibits and an all around great day. I highly recommend the walk up to the Tower for some great... More 

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Thank Kate W
Hobart, Indiana, United States
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a small zoo but a nice bonus to add to a day at the park or beach. Won't have to deal with large crowds or expensive prices.

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Winnetka,
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our 14 year-old son and 12 year-old daughter to this zoo and were not disappointed. The zoo has many animals that are very cool to see and some of the exhibits are interactive. Buy a 'feeding stick' at the gift shop for $1 and head into the Australian Aviary. Birds are flying throughout the permanent exhibit and will... More 

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1 Thank PolicyNerd
Michigan City, Indiana
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Washington Park zoo is a great little zoo with many animals. This place is amazing with its WPA stonework. The view from the tower is great and well worth the trip!

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chicago
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have taken our children and friends here for years - special place, quaint zoo and parking across the street gives you access to visit the beach or the splash water park for children

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1 Thank celticspirit1957
Illinois, United States
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the zoo with my five-year-old and 11-year-old. What a great little zoo. The architecture from the original zoo is amazing. My kids loved how close and personal you were with the animals but most of all I think they love the bird room the best. What a great experience! Not a very expensive way to kill a few hours... More 

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2 Thank Dawn S
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit and we really enjoyed ourselves. It is a small zoo, but perfect size for my toddler. You get up so close to the animals and it wasn't busy at all. It is a great place for exercise,considering all the hills and stairs. It is conveniently located right next to the beach (same parking lot) so... More 

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1 Thank Alisha S
Michigan City, Indiana
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice small zoo for young kids or a couple who wants to kill 2 hrs . Nice exhibits without a whole lot of walking

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1 Thank styx1259
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47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw everything in a little over an hour. If I didn't get a discount because of my membership somewhere else it would not have been worth the cost. It was cute though, lots of updates needed.

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1 Thank Anni R
Seymour, Indiana
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing zoo! It's small but so worth the visit. The bird feeding area is so great. Take the time to climb the observation tower. The view is breathtaking. My kids (age 5 and 7) loved everything about this zoo. We would definitely visit again!

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