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Hours & Tickets

Washington Park Zoo Hours


April 1 – May 26

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


May 27 – September 3

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  Only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 

  • Wings of Wonder Habitat: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

  • Peacock Cafe closes 1 hour before closing time

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

General Admission Rates

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

                 Adults $7         Seniors $6        Child  $6 (3-11 yrs)     Children 2 and under free

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

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 May - Sept. 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 this 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, smoking, vaping, outside food, or coolers in the zoo.
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