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General Admission
Adults (12-61 yrs)—
Seniors (62 yrs and up)—
Children (3-11 yrs)—
Children (2 & under)—

Discount with an ID for Michigan City Residents

It’s wildly fun!

Connecting Wildlife to You at the Washington Park Zoo!


The Washington Park Zoo is a Northwest Indiana treasure.

Located on the southern shoreline of beautiful Lake Michigan since 1928, the Zoo is spread out over 15 acres. Its natural hillside terrain, meandering tree-covered pathways, and historical WPA (Works Progress Administration) structures enhance your visit as you discover the wonders of the natural world.


The Zoo started as a sanctuary and continues to welcome wildlife in need.  Many of the animals who call the Zoo home have been pets that proved to be too wild or were confiscated as illegal and others have suffered injuries that would make life in the wild impossible.

We're going paperless to help the planet

Please note that we are no longer offering paper maps at the zoo.  A Zoo Map can be found on our website or you can download a zoo map to your phone via QR codes found at the zoo.  We also have wayfinding and map sign located throughout the grounds.  

The Washington Park Zoo welcomes visitors, supports conservation projects, and connects people to wildlife. We are the doorway to the natural world, and with your generous support, we are able to foster this deep connection to nature.  We are grateful for your generosity and hope you take great pride in the difference it makes. See our project plans and please contribute to the cause:

Spring Hours

April 1 – May 24

Open Daily: 10 am to 4 pm
The last entry is at 3 pm

Summer Hours

May 25– September 1

Mon–Fri: 10 am to 4 pm
Sat–Sun: 10 am to 5 pm
Last entry is 1 hr before closing

Fall Hours

September 2– October 31 

Open Daily: 10 am to 4 pm
The last entry is at 3 pm


November 1 – March 31

Closed for the season 

Seasonal Attraction Hours:

  • Observation Tower:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Animal Buildings and Giftshop closes 1/2 hour before closing time

  • Safari Train: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm  (Open weekends only depending on staff and the weather)

  • Wings of Wonder Habitat: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Open daily depending on the weather and staffing)

  • Peacock Cafe is open depending on the forecasted weather. 

  • Coop Concession is open daily from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  

* Please note that buildings or areas may temporarily close at any time due to animal care needs, weather, staffing, or maintenance.


Our animals are native to Australia, Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. With a real focus on education, the Zoo has programs for all ages that inspire your knowledge of local, endangered, and exotic species. From up-close animal encounters to Zoo Camps, you’re sure to find the perfect program for you, your kids, or your class. 


The Washington Park Zoo is owned by the City of Michigan City and is managed by the Michigan City Division of Parks and Recreation. ​

The Michigan City Zoological Society, Inc. is an independent volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to seek the involvement of the community through financial and in-kind support, for the Washington Park Zoo. 

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