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“Great day with the animals”

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Fort Wayne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 22, 2011

They've done a great job of putting a lot of animals into a walkably small space without it seeming crowded at all. The kids liked having the log ride etc. We were all especially impressed to see an echidna in the Australia section. The sea lion show was terrific.
We got here with our 5 and 7 year olds at 10am. We'd seen it all by 3pm.
The zoo website has a section for lodging that will lead you to some great hotel deals.

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

There are many reasons that the Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo is rated in the top 10 for zoos for children. I have been to zoos all over the world and this is one of my favorites. It cost 13 dollars for adults and 8.50 for children...a great value for this zoo. You must ride the Sky Safari. The Carousel ride after the rain forest is also well worth the price. You might as well plan to arrive early and stay late if you want to see everything. Check out the 1 year old giraffe named Kesi.

1  Thank sigs99
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Awesome zoo. It had many great photo opportunity spots. It had misters to keep us cool. We enjoyed the log ride, the sky safari and the train. My daughters are 4 and 5 and they loved brushing the pygmy goats and feeding the ducks and geese. We got there a little late and didn't have a chance to see everything, but what we did see was very enjoyable. They even have Dairy Queens inside, so we got to share a blizzard and watch children splash in the fountain. We hope to go back again before the end of the season to see the rest of the animals.

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Reviewed August 18, 2011

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a wonderful experience for the whole family... young and old. The clean and well-kept grounds make for a pleasant walk through the various 'lands'. The new African Safari highlights lions, hyenas and giraffes. Our family favorite in the Indonesian Rain Forest is the orangutan. The Australian Adventure features a shark tank and aquarium and the Farm boasts the best of a classic farm complete with goat feeding/petting area. Penguins, monkey island, alligators and sea lions complete the experience as you walk from land to land. Bring your camera as there are lots of great picture spots for the kids. There's plenty of snack bar food items or pack a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area right outside of the zoo. For the locals... buy the family pass! It's great for little ones to go frequently throughout the season (April - Oct). We love the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo!!!

1  Thank Clark7602
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

It's the top attraction in Fort Wayne and for good reason. Don't let the title of the zoo fool you because it's right up their with the big boys. Consistently ranked in the top ten in the country it is a great place for children, and for grownups too! They are always working on ways to make the zoo better and it shows. They show lots of animals in their varied environments but my favorite area is the African exhibit. It's new and beautifully done. The Fort Wayne zoo gets no state or federal help, they do it all from private donations and gate receipts. Highly recommended!

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