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Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City

(3.9/5 based on 170 reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 exp...  more »
  • It;s an old well-maintained Facility, worth the trip. They are re-working some of the areas but it is still a good afternoon visit and its got the lookout tower built as a WPA Project. Old craftsmansh...  more »
  • We live in Michigan city and we've been to the zoo a handful of times. It's small enough to not be overwhelming for toddlers and little kids yet offers some pretty cool things for the older kids. Ther...  more »
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  • Decent zoo. Fun family-friendly place to visit for something local and inexpensive to do. The bird area is really neat, you can purchase popsicle sticks with bird feed to get them to land on your hand. Animal wise it doesn't really compare to the bigger city zoos. But new renovations are great.
  • Bears, lions, wolves, monkeys, reptiles, birds, llamas, and so much more. So much fun to visit. Very kid friendly zoo. The employees were all very nice and you can tell truly enjoy their work with the animals. Since it was built on old dunes, the zoo is hilly, but this gives it a great, multi-level feel as you explore. Bring comfortable shoes. They have also now restored the old tower that used to be closed. Get an amazing view of the surrounding area and of Lake Michigan from the top.
  • Tiny but quaint old school style zoo. Great location right by a nice park and beach. Easy to spend the day there. Hilly with some spots only accessible by stairs. Nothing special animal wise, typical small zoo selection. Cool gift shop. Good Zoo for smaller kids.
  • Nice zoo with some rather steeps hills. It could be a little difficult to get around this zoo if you have mobility problems. It does however, make for some interesting angles in which to see the animals. Fairly priced.
  • It's a nice zoo for little childen. My son loved seeing the animals. It's open until 5 not 4. I thought they closed at 4 so I was hauling a## a bit thinking I had to be there by 3 and I get off of work at 2. Wish they would change the times that way people would know to come by 4, not 3. Other than that, everything else was great. Will be returning.