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It’s wildly fun!

Connecting Wildlife to You at the Washington Park Zoo!
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Welcome!

The Washington Park Zoo is a Northwest Indiana treasure.

Located on the southern shore 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.

General Admission
Adults (12-61 yrs)—
$8
Seniors (62 yrs and up)—
$7
Children (3-11 yrs)—
$6
Children (2 & under)—
FREE

Discount with an ID for Michigan City Residents

The African Lions and Bengal Tigers will be off viewing until November 2022
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Spring

April 1 – May 28

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

Summer

May 28 – September4

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

Fall

September 5 – October 31

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

Winter

November 1 – March 31

Closed for the season

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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. 

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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-managed nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to seek the involvement of the community through financial and in-kind support, for animal care and capital improvements to the Washington Park Zoo facility.  The Zoological Society is always in need of new members to help accomplish these goals. 

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