Washington Park Zoo has many attractions on site
Take a Ride
Deep in the heart of the Zoo is the new Safari train for kids.
Separate Admission: $ 3.00 per ride.
View Michigan City and the shorline
The observation tower sits on top of a sand dune east of the Zoo and overlooks Lake Michigan. A Works Progress Administration project from the 1930s, the stone lookout tower was designed by Fred Ahlgrim in an Art Deco style. The tower is a creation of a steel faced with limestone and the roof is topped with a spherical ornament reported to be a compression chamber from the city's first fire engine.
The tower can be visited through the Washington Park Zoo entrance during regular zoo hours. From the top balconies there is a spectacular view, which is about 220 steps above street level.
Take a break and cool off
Are you as hungry as a lion? Then be sure to stop by our concession stand, located at the Northwest corner of the zoo. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or just a snack..
Tree House Gift Shop
Stop by our gift shop to bring a bit of the zoo home
Conveniently located at the admission/exit gate for your first or last stop of the day, Tree House gift shop. The store hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm daily (4:00 pm in the off season).
The shop offers a wide variety of merchandise that appeals to all ages, including T-shirts, film, jewelry, plush toys and much more.
Your purchase helps support the zoo and our animals.
The Washington Park Zoo is handicap accessible, except the Observation Tower. Wheelchairs are available in limited numbers at the admissions window.
Strollers and wagons are available for rent at the Admission office.
Water Fountains are located near the Classroom and the Discovery Center.
Restrooms are located in the Discovery Center and at the front of the Zoo. All restrooms are equipped with changing tables and are ADA compliant.