Zoos in MILWAUKEE with kids

It’s animal time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Milwaukee because this The Badger State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Milwaukee County Zoo

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    (7 miles) Milwaukee

    More than 2,275 creatures are waiting in this family friendly zoo, with workshops, concerts and food festivals too! A fun animal filled day out for all ages in Milwaukee!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (26 miles) East Troy

    A fun and educational animal petting zoo with interactive animal experiences, pony rides, hay rides and even kittens!

  • Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

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    (52 miles) Byron

    Over 30 species of animal for observation, plus environmental education classes and workshops held largely aimed at children and a live snake exhibit in the Nature Centre. Green ski run and ...

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (75 miles) Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

  • Henry Vilas Zoo

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    (76 miles) Madison

    Free entry family zoo including multiple children's zoo features, discovery centre, herpetarium, plus train and carousel rides.

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  • The Big Backyard

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    (11 miles) New Berlin

    A fun indoor play center where kids can ride, climb, slide, and have fun! A great Wisconsin adventure for kids aged up to 8 years (but older are welcome!)

  • Stay 2 Play

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    (46 miles) Gurnee

    We are an indoor play space and cafe perfect for your child’s next play date, birthday party, or bout with boredom. Staff supervision means you actually get a break, too.

  • My Town Playground

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    (55 miles) Island Lake

    Indoor playground for children 6 years and under, with ride ons, toys and play areas.

  • The Blast Zone

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    (55 miles) Vernon Hills

    Indoor play with Turbo Tubs, sharpen your skills with the Bazooka Ball Blasters or jump from the giant Jumpit trampolines into a massive foam pit!

  • Jump Zone Buffalo Grove

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    (60 miles) Buffalo Grove

    Fun open play with inflatables in Buffalo Grove, great for active kids who love to BOUNCE!

  • TreeHouse

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    (60 miles) Lake Zurich

    Visit a fun indoor play center fueled by the imagination of children! Kids of all ages - including parents - can enjoy the many fun play activities in this Lake Zurich fun palace!

  • Nibbles Play Cafe

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    (62 miles) Wheeling

    Serving north/northshore suburbsof chicago, nibbles' is a family-friendly restaurant with kids indoor play areas. A great venue for 1st/first birthdays, kids birthdays and other family party/parties.

  • Jump Zone of Schaumburg

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    (68 miles) Schaumburg

    Fun indoor open play and party center in Schaumburg, with plenty of inflatables for those active kids!

  • FireZone

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    (68 miles) Schaumburg

    A unique interactive indoor play center, allowing a fun, hands-on look into the world of firefighting. Limited opening times.

  • Yu Kids Island Chicago

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    (69 miles) Schaumberg

    Fun indoor play for kids with over 10 attractions for to play with...from dancing balloons to an enormous revolving tree! An all weather option for kids of most ages.

  • Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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    (69 miles) Schaumburg

    An indoor family entertainment destination and play center with over three million LEGO® bricks and nine attractions!

  • Exploritorium

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    (70 miles) Skokie

    The Exploritorium is a incredible place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play!

  • Kangaroo Palace

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    (85 miles) Muskegon

    Clean, safe fun that will keep your family active all year long. Locally owned and operated by parents just like you! All ages are welcome, young or young at heart, to play on our equipment.

  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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    (10 miles) Milwaukee

    185 acres of wetlands, forests, ravines and shores in this beautiful Milwaukee Nature Center for the whole family to explore

  • Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (33 miles) West Bend

    Take a 'buck buggie' ride and see elk, deer,buffalo and other wildlife. Lots of fun for the whole family!

  • Bookworm Gardens

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    (49 miles) Sheboygan

    Our Gardens connect nature and literature to enrich children's lives. An absorbing and whimsical exploration of many children's books through creations of the environments they conjure.

  • Lakeside Park

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    (59 miles) Fond du Lac

    Picnic areas and playgrounds aplenty, mini train and carousel, plus explore the Lakeside Park Lighthouse and observation tower or go boating on Lake Winnebago (seasonal).

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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    (72 miles) Madison

    16 acres of outdoor natural beauty and gardens for the family to explore, with exotic plants, birds, and even a waterfall - all for FREE!

  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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    (82 miles) Rockford

    Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!

  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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    (88 miles) Cross Plains

    An incredible 1,200 miles of trail that traces the glaciers edge which existed 15,000 years ago! A great historical family adventure in Wisconsin!

  • Outdoor Discovery Center - Macatawa Greenway

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    (94 miles) Holland

    Michigan's Outdoor Discovery Center is a beautiful place for the whole family to get lost into nature, with over 4miles of beautiful trails winding through a variety of landscapes.

  • Silver Beach County Park

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    (97 miles) St. Joseph

    Beach fun in Michigan perfect for kids, with playgrounds, sports, fishing, and special events!

  • Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park

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    (8 miles) West Allis

    Heated outdoor water park with enormous body and tube slides plus zero depth entry area with children's size waterslides and interactive features, sand volleyball and the adventure playground.

  • The Springs Water Park

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    (19 miles) Pewaukee

    Welcoming day visitors, the water park boasts several interactive zones for small children, a huge Water Works with cannons, geysers and it's own slides for older kids, and 3 serious thrill flumes ...

  • Belvidere Park and Ganster Pool

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    (48 miles) Waukegan

    105 acre parkland with plenty of sporting opportunities and play areas. Within it is a small waterpark, including fun features, toddlers' wading pool and multi level diving boards.

  • Aquatics and Nature Museum

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    (48 miles) Round Lake

    offer 2 beach entry pools, 1 with interactive water play features including water slide, the other for more serious swimming. Also on site is the interactive Prairie Grass Nature Museum and ...

  • The Water Works

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    (70 miles) Schaumburg

    Splashtastic family fun for the day at this indoor water park loved by kids!

  • Skokie Water Playground

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    (70 miles) Skokie

    A fun place for the family to cool off in summer, this community water park has slides, play areas and a spray ground!

  • Rainbow Falls Waterpark

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    (72 miles) Elk Grove

    A tropical paradise of thrills and excitement in Illinois! Kids can enjoy a fun house, giant water slides, tot pool, lazy river and more!

  • Pavilion Aquatic Center

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    (72 miles) Elk Grove Village

    Indoor and outdoor lap pools, lagoons, water slides, lessons, parties, and much more in this community aquatic center in Elk Grove!