Potawatomi Zoo South Bend
Where are we going today?
Who loves animals!? We certainly do, and so do Potawatomi Zoo!
Located in South Bend, this fantastically family friendly zoo is home to over 400 creatures, representing 160 species, stretched out over 23 acres.
What's special about the Potawatomi Zoo, is that some of the species are endangered, including the Amur leopard, Bengal tigers, and the snow leopard, so not only can kids can a great day out coming face to face with some amazing creatures, but they can also learn about why it's so important to look after our animals!
There is also an Endangered Species Carousel that you can enjoy too!
With over 400 species at the zoo, you will certainly be exploring creatures from all over the world - and some you might not have even heard before! Kids - have you heard of the Agouti before? Or perhaps the Reeves Muntjac? A visit to the zoo can fix that!
Of course, there are also those favorites at the Potawatomi Zoo that you can spend the day with. From the grand African Lion, to the cheeky Red Panda or the playful Ring-Tailed Lemurs or Chimpanzees!
As well as those amazing mammals, the zoo features a number of invertebrates, reptiles, and of course birds too, so there is lots to see on the family day out of yours!
Think that's all? Nope! The Potawatomi Zoo also has a host of fun events across the year, from Halloween fun, to celebrating World Oceans Day, and Endangered Species Day!
In Indiana - the animal world comes to you!
How much does it cost?
- Children$7.50 (Ages 3 to 14)
- Free Under: 2 and under
When can we go?
10am-5pm daily, including holidays
April through November
Take learning out of the classroom with fun field trips at the zoo! They have a great group rates it's a great way to kids to experience animals, including some very rare, and even enjoy a train ride!.
The Congo Cafe is a great place to pick up burgers, hot dogs, and more! There is also an ice cream station - yum yum!.
Any Top Tips?
They have great family evening classes, as well as zoo camps and great events! Make sure you check out everything they have to offer!.
Doing our bit
The zoo take an active role in preserving endangered species. They participate in several funds, which breed and manage those creatures whose numbers are dwindling. .
Need a little extra help?
The zoo is handicap accessible so everyone can enjoy it! Wheelchairs are available free of charge.
They have strollers for $4 rental.
Can I get one of those?
Check out the Jungle Gift Shop for some pretty neat gifts, merchandise and souvenirs! AND you are helping the animals by taking something home!.
Potawatomi Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation logo is the most reliable and easiest way for people to identify zoos and aquariums where high-quality animal care is the first priority, and where there is a significant commitment to wildlife conservation. Pretty cool!.
What people are saying?
by Ellen Licina
This is my all time favorite zoo.Facilities are now fabulous , the animals the cleanest ever. I would be happier if they were open later in the summertime. And Zoo Brew could start earlier in the day.There must be a way to do away with the long lines for special events. Over all the service is good,Everyone I've been in contact with at this zoo is pleasant and helpful. South Bend can be proud of the efforts that brought this zoo back from what it was in the 70's.
by Jessica M Schuck
My daughter had a blast. You can get really close to most of the animals and there was even a petting zoo in part of it. It also didn't cost much.
by Jahlil Butler
Had a great time!!!
by Johnj Kalinowski
Horrrible conditions for the animals. A sad zoo
by Russell Smith
They have something smart to say they made me switch my shorts in the pool