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

(219) 873-1510
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


Latest Happenings at the Zoo


Have you ever thought about working at the Zoo? 



Are you between the ages of 18 - 99 and thinking about your summer work plans? We are looking for a few people who are energetic, friendly, outgoing, reliable & dependable, with a positive attitude for seasonal positions and internships!

For questions or internship information please contact the Zoo at 219.873.1510 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applications for the paid seasonal positions must be submitted into the Personnel department at the Michigan City Hall at

Animal Care 
Task include but are not limited to: cleaning, feeding, making diets, basic maintenance of areas, safety, record keeping and enrichment. Also all Zoo positions also assist in grounds maintenance and visitor presentations.


Summer Camp 
 Assist in the summer camp educational programs. Enthusiastically presents planned activities, leads zoo and garden tours in an age-appropriate manner that is fun and engaging. The position also requires some daily animal care and handling training, as well as assist in the diet kitchen, visitor presentations and with grounds maintenance when camps are not in session.


Aviary attendant 
The attendant is stationed in the open air aviary and are tasked with maintaining the security and safety of the birds, as well as selling seed sticks while also interpreting the exhibit to guests.


Train Engineer 
Attendants are responsible for providing a safe and entertaining train ride for our guests. They also provide front line guest service, handle train ticket sales, and other operational positions in the Train area. Applicants should possess the following qualifications:
Safely operate miniature train ride, provide excellent guest service, communicate effectively and comfortably in public.


Concession Attendant
Food Service staff are responsible for assuring the quality of food, safety, sanitation, the quality of service, and cleanliness of the restaurant, as well as contributes to a quality guest experience.

Zoobilee 2017 “Flight Night”

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

At the Michigan City Airport, 1300 Indiana 212 N, Michigan City, IN 46360

Event time: 6pm - 10pm

Special Performances by: Indiana Ballet Theatre

The Washington Park Zoo is only one of five zoos located in Indiana and draws in more than 80,000 visitors per year.   Its rich history begins in 1928 with portions of its buildings, walkways and exhibits built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Zoobilee is one of our main fundraisers which helps fund care for the animals, purchase new animals, and repair and maintain exhibits. We support and promote the conservation of our Washington Park Zoo animal family and are dedicated to their quality of life and care.  Our mission is to continue animal education, awareness, and respect throughout our community.  Your participation is important to our mission and goals and we appreciate your support and attendance. 


There are two ticket levels available-

Coach $50- will get you 10 tickets that can be used for food or drink. Each ticket is good for one tasting. Or if you want to use two tickets you can get a flight of drinks-which will be 3 tastings that will be passed out with handcrafted flight paddles that will assist you to carry your alcohol safely. Along with that you will get 4 free game tickets. The games will hand out tickets which you can collect and then take to the prize redemption area and pick out a fantastic prize for all your hard work. 


First Class $100 will get you unlimited food and drink for the night along with your 4 game tickets. 

Extra tickets can be purchased 3-$5


Some info about the event: 

Dave Sisk from United Way will be our lively MC for the evening, he is sure to be a source of entertainment for all! 

Indiana Ballet Theatre will be there to wow us with some amazing dances throughtout the evening

Apple Productions will be enticing us all to get up and bust some moves


We would like to thank WIMS for all their support and for helping us promote this event

And another big thank you to our food vendors so far-

Blue Chip Casino

Sweet Lou that's who


Fire and Ice

If anyone is interested in being a food vendor for the event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

So grab your sense of adventure and come join us for the evening. Check out our facebook page for more info as we go.

To purchase tickets- click here

This event is a 21 and over event


Have you been to your zoo lately? For over 80 years, our small zoo has played a unique role in connecting people to the natural world.  We’re the only place in community where you can hear the roar of a lion or stand inches away from an otter family swimming in their underwater home. Our goal is to inspire people to protect the natural world for future generations by creating engaging experiences that connect wildlife. Whether it’s a family outing or a school field trip, our Zoo provides a welcoming environment where people of all ages can enjoy themselves and learn about the incredible animals that we share our planet with.  In 2016, we again had record attendance with more than 85,000 visitors enjoying all that our Zoos has to offer.

For those looking for an educational experience, the Washington Park is an amazing outdoor classroom where students can think outside the box by exploring the lakefront, gardens and the zoo. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to make personal connections to the history of the community, as well as create lasting memories. 

Over the last few years, the Zoo has focused on creating more enriching habitats for the animals where they can demonstrate natural behaviors, such as food foraging and social living. Our education staff is also trying to help visitors make an up close connection to the animals, by present daily Keeper Talks with opportunities to meet some of the animals.  Two of the guest favorites seem to be Lola, a small two-foot long Alligator and Tucker, our male Three Banded Armadillo.  We hope that these experiences and so many others position the Zoo to inspire others to explore nature through discovery, play, education, and imagination. 

Throughout the year the zoo also offers educational outreach presentations for students of all ages – from toddlers to school-aged children, college students and casual learners. A Zoo to You program immerses the audience in hands-on discovery and interactive learning through live animal encounters, biofacts and environmental themed programming.

Are curious on how you can get involved with the Zoo and make a difference?

Purchase a Zoo Membership: There are many ways to “Do the Zoo”, but the best way is as a member! Our annual Zoo pass allows members to come and go as often as they like. Members receive exclusive discounts, such as free or discounted admission to special events, invitations to special member-only events and discounted admissions at other zoo who reciprocal with our passes.

 Adopt an Animal: This is a fun and unique way to support the Zoo’s conservation efforts and create a special bond with one of your favorite Zoo animals. As part of the adoption program you will receive a certificate of adoption, special photo and fact sheet about your animal and your name displayed by the animal exhibit for a whole year.

Host an Event: The Zoo offers a natural, serene escape for special gatherings, and is a great place for birthday parties and corporate outings. Our staff will assist you in making your meeting or outing spectacular and memorable.

Volunteer: Zoo volunteers give their time and talents for many reasons, but primary is their love for the institution and a respect for our mission. We treasure our volunteers for their above and beyond commitment and service.

Attend a Fundraiser: Proceeds from Zoo events support animal care, education programs and conservation efforts. From Zoo Brew to Zoo-B-Que to Boo at the Zoo, we are certain to have an event you will love.

Support the Zoo: Consider participating as a corporate sponsor, naming the Zoo in your estate or making an immediate impact to animal care, education and conservation through a gift to the Zoo Society. Your charitable gift helps us care for the animals, make improvements, offer education programs and take part in community conservation efforts.

The Washington Park Zoo will open for the 2017 season on April 1st, but for information please visit our website at, Facebook or call us at 219.873.1510.


Zoo Closes for the Season

Monday October 31st is the last day the

zoo is open for the season.

Come back and visit us in April 2017! Thanks for a great year.

The WPZ is now closed for the season. On behalf of the Zoo Staff, we wanted to send out a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all of our sponsors, visitors and volunteers who helped to make the 2016 season a roaring success! We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Zoo Reopens April 1, 2017