Trip Planner:   USA  /  Wisconsin  /  Hayward  /  Wilderness Walk

Wilderness Walk, Hayward

3.9
#4 of 7 in Things to do in Hayward
Wilderness Walk is located in Hayward. To visit Wilderness Walk and get the most from your holiday in Hayward, create itinerary details personal to you using our Hayward visit planner.
Create an itinerary including Wilderness Walk
map
Wilderness Walk Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
116 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • You have to bring the kids. They will have soooo much fun. It is an amazing place especially for those kids that do not get to see many real life outdoor animals. I have taken my children many times a...  more »
  • My daughter enjoyed feeding the young animals (goats, fawns, and rabbits), but the rest of the park was in rather rough shape. The pens for the animals are pretty small and I wondered the health of so...  more »
  • We took our 4 year old here today. We spent the whole afternoon there! There were more animals than I expected.  more »
Google
  • Great fun for the whole family! The kids love it, and they ask to go back every time we're in Hayward.
  • I have been going to Wilderness Walk almost every year for my entire life - and now I bring my children too. It has been and is a highlight of our entire summer. The up close interaction with the animals is AMAZING! Feeding corn to the deer or squirrels, the baby animals, the farm, the woodland trail with the beautiful pheasants, the peacocks, the tiger and bears playing in their enclosures and so many more animals to see - it is an unreal experience. The farm is of special note - the opportunity for the kids to see, pet and feed the wide assortment of farm animals is a great experience. While some attractions don't age well, Wilderness Walk has a heck of a built in advantage with the Wild West town. Every year just seems to make it better. Most of the best and most memorable parts of Wilderness Walk from my childhood are still available - panning for gold, the maze, the mystery house (with water flowing uphill - a MIND-BLOWER when you are a kid, the goat towers with the buckets that the goats can pull up to themselves with ropes to get fed, the cafe (though I do miss the old school bowling game they had there) and the gift shop (where as a kid I purchased the first fireworks that I ever purchased with my own money - and permission of my parents as) with old school up north souvenirs. You will want to come early (deer are more approachable earlier) and make a good day of it. If you have really little ones, this is outdoors and Wilderness - so while the right parts and trails are perfectly well groomed, strollers can be challenging - don't let that stop you though - if you even only went to the parts that are effortlessly accessible by stroller you will be fine, see the best hi lights and still be able to make a pretty full time of it. All in all, this is one of Americas last actual family up north attractions. It is a good value for your finite "up north" budget. With the longevity that Wilderness Walk has had, it is clear that they do things very right! Tips: - wear comfortable shoes - you may get dusty or a little dirty - you ARE petting animals - DEFINITELY wear sunscreen - even if it is overcast - bug spray is a good idea - there is a reason it is called WILDERNESS Walk - hand sanitizer is good to bring if you worry about that sort of thing - remember a deer or goat might lick your hand :) - wet naps work well too, but don't throw them on the ground (I am looking at you entire state of Illinois, lol) - bathrooms are decent and easily accessible - bring some quarters. It can speed things up for you for games - animal feed , etc - there is plenty of area for a picnic - it makes a nice break in the action - the cafe has always been good. We alternate between a picnic and the cafe based upon how we feel that year. Oh, and last thing for those of you who went as kids - outhouse. Yep, it's still there.
  • Great place to take kids, not very expensive
  • Fun little zoo with very friendly goats!
  • Always fun. Pack a picnic to really relax and spend an afternoon there. I love the petting zoo - you get to pet random animals you wouldn't be able to interact with in a large zoo.

Plan your trip to Hayward

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Hayward

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Hayward by other users

1 day in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Bayfield & Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Hayward, Door County & Black River Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Waterloo & Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wisconsin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Hayward BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans