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Washington Park Zoo

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Address: 115 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360-3256
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+1 219-873-1510
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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LOVE THE AREA...FEEL FOR THE ANIMALS.....AND VOLUNTEER

i don't like zoos....its just me....but they do serve a purpose to educate the public and propagate the species right.....so with that in mind....WPZ has an education center... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Donna K
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Gary, Indiana
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It;s an old well-maintained Facility, worth the trip. They are re-working some of the areas but it is still a good afternoon visit and its got the lookout tower built as a WPA Project. Old craftsmanship is visible in many of the site structures

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Thank Gerald R
Michigan City, Indiana
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in Michigan city and we've been to the zoo a handful of times. It's small enough to not be overwhelming for toddlers and little kids yet offers some pretty cool things for the older kids. There's a goat pen and for 0.25 you can get a handful of food. You can't go in the pen but the goats... More 

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Thank Meghan D
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i don't like zoos....its just me....but they do serve a purpose to educate the public and propagate the species right.....so with that in mind....WPZ has an education center for kids and is in a beautiful area for humans....even if the cages for animals are a bit tight.....monkey island is cool and the views of Lake Michigan from the highest point... More 

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Thank Donna K
Michigan City
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

This is a decent zoo to visit and not so overwhelming with small children. There haven't been any monkey in the big outdoor area in several years but there are some in the other buildings that are so much fun to watch. My kids have so much fun in with the birds. You can purchase a stick with seeds on... More 

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Millington, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

My sister and I visited this zoo this spring and we loved it. I can't wait to bring my granddaughter here. I know she will love it.

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1 Thank Tina G
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I was bummed last time I went because they used to have a really cool prairie dog enclosure set up like an ant cage where you could see tunnels and whatnot, and a big monkey enclosure with monkeys running and playing everywhere. Both those enclosures are now empty/shut down. They have a white tiger that follows you back and fourth... More 

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Thank jnmaresca
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65 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

We visited this zoo on a nice fall Friday afternoon. Not crowded at all, perfect size for our little ones (5 and 2) to walk around. Really like the Grizzly Bear and otter exhibits; parakeets were also pretty active. We ate at the peacock cafe - very reasonably priced. I don't think the big cats have enough space - I... More 

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1 Thank Loeweb821
Richmond, Indiana
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Used to live just a couple blocks away, but hadn't been here in more than 10 years. Even better now-- husband and kids loved it too. Be prepared for hills though-- it's not just a casual stroll through, but worth it!

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1 Thank Heather G
Michigan
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132 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Small little zoo but nice to do the zoo and then do the beach. Better for smaller kids I would think.

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1 Thank MichiganFam3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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169 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

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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