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

Phone
(219) 873-1510
Address
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
  • The Washington Park Zoo founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune and located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world.
  • We have approximately 200 animals on exhibit at our Zoo, including our collections of mammals, invertebrates, birds, and reptiles.
  • Tons of food passes through the zoo’s diet kitchen. Some of the food comes from local grocery stores or other food comes from a number of companies that specialize in making formulated feeds for zoo animals.
  • Each year, the Zoo’s animals chomp through about 50 tons of food- that’s 100,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables,meats, grains, hay, and feeds!
  • Zoo Members receive year long free admission to the zoo, 4 parking passes, 10% discount at the gift shop, and discounts at reciprocal zoos around the country.
  • Our "Zoo to You" program is a traveling educational program that visits schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers/housing, day care centers, scout groups, etc. Each program includes live animals such as mammals, birds and reptiles.
  • Please consider sponsoring an animal through our "Share the Care" Program. Your gift goes directly to help support exhibit enhancement and enrichment.
  • We receive many questions from individuals needing help with school projects. We will be glad to assist you if we are able to.

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The Washington Park Zoo founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune and located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. The animals are exhibited in natural settings, surrounded by botanical plantings. Among the exhibits are Bengal tigers, Cotton top tamarins, American alligators, Grizzly bear, Grey Wolves, Ring-tailed lemurs, River otters, Bald eagles, and more.

Some of the other zoo highlights are the Discovery Center that exhibits some of the cold-blooded creatures including lizards, snakes, and frogs. The Australian Adventure which is a walk through aviary featuring over 250 colourful free flying parakeets and the Red barn exhibit housing the miniature domestic horses, donkeys, pigs, and goats. The zoo also has many unique historical WPA walkways and buildings, including the 70 foot tall observation tower and education Rotary Castle.  Connecting Wildlife to You at the Washington Park Zoo!

Check out our Strategic Plan for 2016-2021

  • 28 May 2016
    Summer hours for the Zoo 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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  • 30 May 2016
    Military Members Day 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

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  • 11 Jun 2016
    Brew at the Zoo 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM

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  • 28 May - 11 Jun
  • 18 Jun - 10 Jul
  • 23 Jul - 21 Aug
  • 06 Sep - 22 Oct
  • 31 Oct - 31 Oct

Zoo Hours

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 the winter

* Last entry 1 hour before closing

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 the winter

Last entry 1 hour before closing

General Admission Rates

Adults (12-61 years)
$7.00
Seniors (62 years and up)
$6.00
Children (3-11 years)
$6.00
Children (2 & under)
FREE
Discount with ID for Michigan City Residents
Mission: In all aspects of the Washington Park Zoo’s exhibits, programs, facilities and activities, we hope to inspire an appreciation, respect and connection for the natural world through Conservation, Education and Recreation.

Featured News

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    Can you imagine a world without tigers? Sadly these magnificent cats are highly endangered in the wild. According to tigerday.org, Read More
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    The Washington Park Zoological Society held its annual fundraiser Zoobilee in April this year. During that event $5,000 to purchase Read More
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  • A World Without Tigers

    Can you imagine a world without tigers? Sadly these magnificent cats are highly endangered in the wild. According to tigerday.org, Read More
  • This Fennec Fox is all Ears

    Are you all EARS for our newest addition announcement? We recently added a fennec fox into the WPZoo family. He Read More
  • Our new Zebra

    The Washington Park Zoological Society held its annual fundraiser Zoobilee in April this year. During that event $5,000 to purchase Read More
  • New Wolf Exhibit

    July 2015 - Michigan City's hometown mascot, the Wolves are represented once again at Washington Park Zoo as three young timber Read More
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