Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee

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Home to over 2,000 animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and birds from around the world, Milwaukee County Zoo will delight any wildlife lover. The zoo seeks to entertain as well as educate through a variety of special programs that allow you to get close to the animals and learn more about them. Catch your favorite animals during feeding, see elephants at bath time, or get up close to farm animals in the petting zoo. The Zoomobile takes you on a 25-minute guided tour of the zoo, or you can grab a seat on the sky safari for a bird’s-eye view. Bring your own food to avoid overpriced zoo fare. Plan to visit Milwaukee County Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Milwaukee attractions using our Milwaukee travel route planner .
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  • This zoo is big and has tons of different animals and exhibits. Although some of the animals are a hit and miss.  more »
  • The zoo was fantastic. The animals all looked healthy and happy. The parking was very expensive and the support staff was less than friendly.  more »
  • Really like the zoo. It is very nice. But this is the most expensive zoo I've ever been to. Just have to reduce the cost, and it would be five stars.  more »
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  • Big zoo with big spaces for the animals. Lots to see - they have a large variety of animals. They are building a bigger area for their elephants, so that is cool too. There are also shows, pony rides, a sky chair, a train and other fun mini-adventures to spend a few extra dollars on. Prices were reasonable though - $2 for the train and $3 for the sky chair weren't a terrible stretch for our family of 4. We get there once or twice a year.
  • This was a great day trip to a zoo. We all had so much fun. There were a menagerie of interesting animals that I haven't seen at other zoos, and the open habitats made it feel more intimate. We got to see the Oceans of Fun show with their amazing harbor seals and see lions! Great show, the animals were interesting and full of real character (go Diego, go!). I already want to go back again to see more!
  • My kids loved it here. They want to come back again. We especially loved it that they have benches and picnic tables around. Restrooms were well-kept. And staff were nice and friendly. My little one particularly liked their playground.
  • It's a nice, inexpensive, fun place to go for everyone. The train ride, carousel, and other extras don't cost a fortune and if you don't want to pay to eat there you can bring your own snacks and drinks! Love that that is an option. The exhibits are great and the big park offers a place for kids to let loose and run around. Always an exciting/relaxing experience.
  • We are fortunate to have such a wonderful Zoo in Milwaukee! Keeping animals is difficult. How do you balance the animal's needs with the education, conservation and entertainment functions a zoo also provides? Milwaukee does this well. It's hard and sad to see the Woods disappear, but rarely did visitors get great views of the wolves. That new space will really help the elephants a lot. And with limited resources, the Zoo is constantly looking for ways to responsibly reinvent itself. If there was a complaint, it would be food service. Depending on where and when you eat it can range from fair to inedible, and at premium prices. I don't mind the money supporting the Zoo, but I'd like better food for the price. Best bet is to carry in and buy ice cream in the children's zoo farm.

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