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Hours & Tickets

Washington Park Zoo Hours


April 1 – May 24

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


May 25 – September 1

Monday-Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
The last admission 3 pm
Sat -Sun: 10 am until 5 pm
The last admission 4 pm


September 4 – October 31

Open Daily: 10 am to 4 pm
The last admission is 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 and closes for the season on October 15th)

  • Wings of Wonder Habitat: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Open weekends only and closes for the season on October 15th)

  • Peacock Cafe closed for season

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

General Admission Rates

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

*Must present a valid driver's license or state ID for showing a Michigan City address. Discounts are not available on special event dates such as Boo at the Zoo. 

Michigan City residents get a discount on all tickets


Parking Information

The Washington Park Zoo shares a parking lot with Lake Michigan Beach, Washington Park, and Oasis Splash Park. There is a separate parking fee for non-sticker holders during the summer season that gives you all-day access to all of these areas.  For more information on parking stickers and fee details please visit:

Please note that operations can change at any time and it is not a zoo-managed area.

Plan your next field trip. 
For the health and safety of the animals and guests we do not allow pets, alcohol, smoking, vaping, outside food, or coolers in the zoo, asw well as other items deemed high risk.  For a complete list please visit our visitor information page.
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