We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Excellent experience on Lake Michigan”
Review of Racine Zoo

Racine Zoo
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Racine
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Nestled on the sandy shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the Racine Zoo is home to some of the world's most remarkable and endangered wildlife. Enjoy our many interactive exhibits and animal encounters including Walkabout Creek, Barnyard Safari, Norco Aviary, and our Giraffe Encounter where you get to feed our two Masai giraffes. It's easy to immerse yourself in our wild place. Open every day of the year.
Reviewed June 3, 2014

Racine zoo remained a free zoo for decades and I have fond memories of ice skating on the frozen zoo pond playing red rover and crack the whip in the winter. Sadly they had to put up fences and charge fees - to protect the animals. It is a nice, easy inexpensive relax that you should enjoy if you are in the area, especially with young children.

Thank lah608
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (262)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

141 - 145 of 262 reviews

Reviewed May 28, 2014

Most of the animals were missing and the ones that were out and about looked rather unkempt. I am a little disappointed that there hasn't been any significant improvement since the admission fee was instituted.

3  Thank Nennypoo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Racine Z, Public Relations Manager at Racine Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2014

We're glad you came to visit this Wednesday! Some of our animals, such as the West caucasian tur, are shedding their winter hair and may look a little messy this time of year! Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to help the process! Since it was a nice day, most of our animals were out and about enjoying the day however since we sometimes let the animal choose whether or not it wants to be outside, they can choose to stay in.

Please visit us again this summer!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 13, 2014

It is really nice that Racine keeps this up. It used to be free but now it costs $8 to get in, $7 for seniors, and $6 for kids. The grounds are nice but the animals are few by normal zoo standards. To me it seems the same as years ago when it was free. I think costs for keeping animals has risen too much in the past tweny years or so making zoos almost cost-prohibitive for the average family. We got in on a special for $5 last summer/fall and even for $5 it was barely worth it. Too bad. They need to figure a way to get this funded, get more animals, and make this a better deal for the money. Yes, I know that it is cheap by comparison to other zoos, but the scarcity of the animals makes it a long walk for very little.

2  Thank Blue82KT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 8, 2014

Racine Zoo is great for a small zoo. You only need a couple of hours to see everything. We took our young grandchildren and they loved it. I would highly recommend it. When you are done at the zoo, don't forget to take a stroll on the beach that is adjacent to it.

Thank Dolly M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 2, 2014

I have been to the Racine Zoo several times and it is a very nice facility. It is small enough to cover all the exhibits in one afternoon. This zoo is open year round and parking is free. On Veterans Day, admission for military is free.

1  Thank oaktoncc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Racine Z, Public Relations Manager at Racine Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Thanks for visiting the Zoo and providing a helpful review for others! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Racine Zoo also viewed

 

Been to Racine Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing