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Washington Park Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Quaint zoo, unique tower

Took my 3 grandkids to the zoo. Ages 4, 7 and 11. Theu loved it. Highlights included hearing the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeffrey D
South Haven, Michigan
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Small Up Close Kinda Zoo

We love coming to this zoo. Its small and personable. The kids can get thru it in a few hours and... read more

Reviewed February 26, 2019
Kim L
Buffalo, New York
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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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115 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360-3256
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took my 70 year old mom and 10 year old daughter to the zoo for the morning. Even though some of the animals weren't out because of colder temperatures we had a great time. The zoo is small and can be done in less than...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my 3 grandkids to the zoo. Ages 4, 7 and 11. Theu loved it. Highlights included hearing the lion roar and feeding the goats. Up close to the animals. They loved the river otter exhibit where you can crawl through a tunnel and the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jeffrey D
Reviewed February 26, 2019

We love coming to this zoo. Its small and personable. The kids can get thru it in a few hours and still have the day to do something else.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kim L
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

This little zoo is a fun and affordable place for families with children. The small size makes it manageable as a day trip or as part of a visit to the beach. City residents get a small discount on admission. There is a snack bar....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jeanettem110
Reviewed December 6, 2018

Always enjoy walking around the zoo & visiting the animals. My favorite is the Tigers & wolves. and the reptile castle!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tm_phil13
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

This zoo had much more to look at than the Indianapolis zoo. I saw more here and enjoyed the activities. The flying monkeys were my favorite part. They were adorable. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed the tower that we got to look out over...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Genea M
Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is a nice, little zoo. Well maintained. Price is right to enter. Packed gift shop. Lots of animals to watch in nice enclosures. I would return.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amber N T
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a small but nice zoo. I wish the animals had more room in their enclosures. Staff does a good job maintaining the zoo. There is a lookout tower where you can see Lake Michigan. Bird exhibit is nice.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jen0305
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

My fiancee and I found this zoo to be a nice little zoo to visit. There wasn’t a huge amount of animals but the zoo was well kept and had some beautiful scenery. Directionally it was a bit confusing but what zoo isn’t. Food stand...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JosiahGrr
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Located near Washington Park and Lake Michigan, this zoo offers a variety of animals in a small space. It can be hilly especially if pushing a stroller but I’m certain young children will be impressed with the animals. Plenty of parking. To save money, pack...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 11, 2018|
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Response from tccatalyst | Reviewed this property |
The parakeets can be fed during the zoo's regular season and normal operating hours. But they must be fed only with the food available at the zoo. Remember to wash your hands after feeding.
July 21, 2018|
Response from 107CJS | Reviewed this property |
$7 for ages 12 and up. $6 for kids 3-11 Under 3 are free