The Washington Park Zoo Michigan City
Where is it at?
The Washington Park Zoo
115 Lakeshore Drive
Tel: 219 873 1510
Where are we going today?
The Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928, which means there has been nearly 90 years of family fun that's been had since it opened. That's a LOT of memories created!
The Washington Park Zoo is set on 15 amazing acres of hill sand dunes close to the lake. It's also the place where kids can get up close to animals from all over the world - without having to leave the state of Indiana! In fact, the zoo has over 200 animals for them to experience. Better leave a whole day for your family adventure!
The animals at the zoo represent creatures from all across the planet. Kids can experience their favorites, and say hello to species they may have never heard of before. They can get face to face with cheeky monkeys, grizzly bears, and grand tigers. There are also playful otters, snappy alligators, and so much more!
Don't miss the 70ft tall observation tower - it gives you incredible views of the entire park! There is also a fun rotary castle reptile house for all those scaly creatures!
The magic of Australia can be felt at the Australian Adventure enclosure, which is a walk through exotic aviary, and kids can learn all about these amazing animals at the keeper talks and special events that are held across the year.
If the animals weren't enough at the Washington Park Zoo, kids can enjoy a ride on the fun Safari Train, where it might just feel like you're on the plains of Africa! Toot Too!
So enjoy some animal fun on your next family day out, you never know what you're going to learn, or the friends you might make!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (Ages 3-11)
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
10am - 4pm. 5pm close Memorial to Labor Day
Open April 1 to October 31
They offer group rates for school, and make sure you book at least a week in advance. It's a great way for kids to learn!.
The Peacock Cafe offers a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks so when you get as hungry as a lion, there are hot dogs, drinks, burgers, nachos and candy to be enjoyed!.
Any Top Tips?
You can enjoy your birthday party at the zoo! There is a package for up to 25 guests, with add ons to make it the perfect day.
Can I get one of those?
Tree House gift shop on site, take your pocket money! They have fun stuffed animals, shirts, and souvenirs all ready to be bought!.
They have zoo camps, experiences and over night stays also available which are super fun for kids!.
What people are saying?
by David Anderson
It's a children's zoo - and great for children - and as my son reminds me - "walking is good exercise". The petting area, the otters with the underwater tunnel, the tiger, the train you can ride on, observation tower (with its "thousand steps")...all make for great fun. It's close to the park, the beach, the marina, the outdoor mall, lots of good fun/exercise for the family.
by Frank Werner
Parking was annoying and a bit on the pricey side, but once to the Zoo entrance everything was better. The entry fee was reasonable and there were alot of animals to see. It's a bit hilly, but easy to navigate. My 2 yr old daughter loved the otter exhibit with the underwater tunnels (see photo). Good for an afternoon. :)
by L Riley
Little gem on the beach. Bald eagles and tigers in such a little place love going there
by John Tsoukalis
It's very very very very very very cool and very very very very fun.