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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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  • The beach was clean. There was plenty of trash cans close by. The marina bathroom could use some updating. The new beachside restaurant looked very nice but we didn't have a change to eat there.  more »
  • We went here for a nice afternoon walk before heading to do some shopping. The beach area was nice and clean and the parking was more than ample. What a nice way to spend time together. We walked to t...  more »
  • We were here memorial day weekend and had a blast! Clean, beautiful beaches and all around fun time! We visited a good truck festival in the park and ate delicious food!  more »
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  • This is a very nice small zoo overlooking Lake Michigan and built around the dunes environment. This means some modest climbing but its definitely worth it. Its a great family destination and has most of the animals you would expect such as lions, tigers, bears,etc. If you need giraffes or hippos or representatives from all the primates, you will nerd to go to one of the pricier and more crowded zoos such as Brookfield zoo. But this zoo suits our family perfectly for a half day trip. Not necessarily a flawless gem but definitely a diamond in the the rough.
  • Considering this is a small zoo it is very well done. It is on a bit of hill with stairs and ramps that feel like walking on paths through the woods. It was very clean, the habitats are nicely done, and my wife and I spent a relaxing and enjoyable 3 hours here and will definitely return. Plus on the other side of the parking is a nice Lake Michigan beach.
  • You would think that a hidden away small zoo like this would barely have any animals and be a breeze to get through. Well, its a huge surprise once you're inside because it has way more than you'd expect. Peacocks roam around, there's monkeys, a really awesome white tiger! There's a huge tower toward the back that's both great to climb and gaze out from. Definitely a place to check out if you're in town and looking for something to do. On a hot day, just come out to the zoo and then the beach!
  • Excellent exhibits, very clean and well manicured. Very easy to navigate and family friendly. Would definitely visit again in the future.
  • I rarely come here but when I do I always love it. The last time I came though a couple of the animals weren't there because the environment wasn't suitable for them yet so I couldn't see everything. But then I did see everything when I went up in the tower they have located in the zoo. You can see everything when you're at the top of the tower. Bring something to hold your hair though, gets a bit windy up there.