Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City

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The Washington Park Zoo has more than 100 species and over 250 animals in a unique zoo set near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. Currently the zoo is being modernized so that all of the animals can all be exhibited in natural settings surrounded by botanical plantings. Zookeepers and volunteers are always on hand to provide public education about the animals and the zoo's efforts at conservation and preservation.



The zoo has many unique WPA walkways and buildings, including the rotary castle and the 70 foot tall observation tower.
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  • No need for a lengthy review here. Grab your camera on a sunny day and go. Lots of good photo opportunities at this location. Enjoy J.  more »
  • My husband and I both loved the shore line and being able to walk the clean beaches. Lots of things around in the area to which is nice and keeps you entertained. The parking lot can be confusing for ...  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this beach, the large expanse of beach and the very beautiful walkway that runs alongside it. Benches to just sit and look or actually go onto the beach. ...  more »
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  • There are some unique animals here. It is a small zoo but well worth the visit. The beach is just a walk away so spending an entire day at the zoo and beach isn't a problem. The animals have lots to do and seem really happy. The trek up to the tower is worth it to see the beach and surrounding area. Lots of shade and the animals are all really easy to see for younger kids and toddlers. The river otters is a favorite exhibit of ours.
  • Best zoo ever! My wife and I love bringing our children here because its allows them to experience the wonderful animals from a close but safe distance. I've never felt that it was overcrowded and there's always parking. Animals look happy and well taken care of and the zoo is across the street from a park, splash pad and the beach with plenty of places to dine.
  • Many improvements have been made in the past 2-3 years. Glad to see that the animals looked well cared for and clean. They have a lot to offer for a small zoo, perfect for kids. You pay for parking but it is good at all of the lakefront areas for the day, so you can hit up the beach after the zoo! Very cute zoo with many varieties of animals, and also plenty of interactive activities for kids and adults.
  • We love coming here. It's a very clean beach and there is so many things to do in the area. We highly recommend it for a family weekend getaway. It's a nice fast road trip away from Chicago.
  • Awesome zoo...near Lake Michigan...parking is 7 dollars plus the entrance fee per person...kind of small but it is beautiful! Lots of stairs, so keep that in mind...and they have peacocks running around right next to you at times...very cool bird area as well! Monkeys, farm animals, eagles, a snake area, which is next to the snack area and one of the bathroom areas

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