Phone  (219) 873-1510

April 1 - Memorial Day
10 am - 4 pm
Memorial - Labor Day
10 am - 5 pm
Labor Day - October 31
10 am - 4 pm
November 1 - March 31
Closed for winter
* Last entry 1 hour before closing

(219) 873-1510
115 Lakeshore Drive
Michigan City, IN 46360

April 1 - Memorial Day
10 am - 4 pm
Memorial - Labor Day
10 am - 5 pm
Labor Day - October 31
10 am - 4 pm
* Last entry 1 hour before closing

Things To Do

Non-Animal Attractions

Washington Park Zoo has many attractions on site

Take a Ride

Safari Train

Take a Ride

Deep in the heart of the Zoo is the new Safari train for kids.

Separate Admission: $ 3.00 per ride.

Great View

Observation Tower

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.

Good Eats

Peacock Cafe

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..

Cheese Burgers
Hot Dogs
Ice Cold Drinks
Icecream Bars

Take Home

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.

Stuffed Animals


  Additional Information:

  • 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.