Information to know before you go
Take a Ride
Deep in the heart of the Zoo is the new Safari train for kids.
Separate Admission: $ 3.00 per ride.
View Michigan City and the shorline
The observation tower sits on top of a sand dune east of the Zoo and overlooks Lake Michigan. A Works Progress Administration project from the 1930s, the stone lookout tower was designed by Fred Ahlgrim in an Art Deco style. The tower is a creation of a steel faced with limestone and the roof is topped with a spherical ornament reported to be a compression chamber from the city's first fire engine.
The tower can be visited through the Washington Park Zoo entrance during regular zoo hours. From the top balconies there is a spectacular view, which is about 220 steps above street level.
Take a break and cool off
Are you as hungry as a lion? Then be sure to stop by our concession stand, located at the Northwest corner of the zoo. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or just a snack..
Tree House Gift Shop
Stop by our gift shop to bring a bit of the zoo home
Conveniently located at the admission/exit gate for your first or last stop of the day, Tree House gift shop. The store hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm daily (4:00 pm in the off season).
The shop offers a wide variety of merchandise that appeals to all ages, including T-shirts, film, jewelry, plush toys and much more.
Your purchase helps support the zoo and our animals.
Please ask employees for assistance.
Credit Cards and Banking Services
VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted for park admission, Gift shop and at the Concession stand. ATM is located in the Gift Shop.
Changing facilities are in all restrooms. Nursing mothers can find privacy at Zoo Office.
Lost and Found
All items are kept for 10 days, before they are donated or discarded. The Washington Park Zoo not responsible for any lost or stolen items
Please report lost children to any staff member or volunteer. We will respond and initiate protocols. If you are separated from your child, experience has shown most are found in the same area where the child was lost in minutes. The Zoo is prepared to involve law enforcement whenever the situation dictates.
If you are separated from someone, please ask an employee for assistance.
Guest with Disabilities
Information for guests with disabilities can be obtained at the Zoo Office.
Wheelchair, Wagon and Stroller rentals are available at the Zoo's entrance for an additional fee and are available on a first come first serve basis. The Zoo has ramp accessibility to all areas, except the Observation Tower.