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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

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Address: 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
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+1 260-427-6800
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Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award

...and also voted...

Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award

...and also voted Indiana's #1 Summer "Gotta-Do" Attraction in a contest sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism & Development.

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is operated by the non-profit Fort Wayne Zoological Society under a cooperative agreement with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreations Department. The zoo receives no tax funding for operations and operates solely on earned revenue and donations.

Our Mission:

Connecting kids and animals

Strengthening families,

Inspiring people to care.

The zoo is closed for the season. Plan a visit when we reopen for the season on April 25, 2015.

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Zoo trip

Very nice zoo. We love going. The train is our favorite. The new stingray exhibit is really cool too.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2017
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice zoo. We love going. The train is our favorite. The new stingray exhibit is really cool too.

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1 Thank rstavedahl
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you - hope to see you this season. Zoo opening day is April 22. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My family and I love our summer outings to the zoo! It's just the right size, and it has a great selection of animals to see and learn about. We love the improvements they've made to the zoo over the past few years.

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1 Thank Blanca M
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We will have some new animals and updates coming this season. Mark it on your calendar - we open April 22. More 

Huntington, Indiana
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a hidden gem to those outside our community! It's a perfect day trip. Grab a picnic box and enjoy the beautiful park outside the Zoo after a day filled with wonderful memories. Recent renovations continue to make our Zoo one of the best in the Midwest! You won't be disappointed!

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1 Thank Lori C
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you Lori. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The best children's zoo ever. The entrance fee is getting expensive. We've always opted for a season pass for our family. The zoo is clean and kid friendly. The food is good and the kids and adults enjoy the rides.

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1 Thank Sharon M
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Sharon, Memberships are indeed a great way to see the zoo more than once each season. April 22 is opening day. Hope to see you this season. More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This zoo always provides a day of fun for kids and adults alike. There's so much to see that it's unlikely you'll see it all if your kids are young. We made it to 3 of the 4 sections and rode 3 of the 4 rides. Don't recommend the sky safari ride--it's just a ski lift that goes overhead, but... More 

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1 Thank SLCDC
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Hope to see you again this season. Opening day is April 22. More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Love this zoo. Make sure you have your walking shoes. One drawback is the parking, you may have a way to walk from your parking spot. The zoo is spread out so you will walk a lot if you see the whole zoo in one day. If you are local get a pass and break the zoo in to smaller... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you - Opening day is April 22. HOpe to see you this seaon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great place to spend the day with family. Plenty of picnic tables just outside of the zoo for picnic lunches to enjoy before or after visiting the zoo. Many animals in above average enclosures. Spacious walkways for plenty of viewing opportunities. Clean and well maintained.

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1 Thank 0janets
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Hope to see you this season which starts April 22. More 

Hanna, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

this is a nice zoo, well taken care of and a great place to take children. The animals are healthy and the area is well maintained

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1 Thank Chebs61
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Hope to see you this season which opens April 22. More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice the kids and I enjoyed the visit and the animalsvery much We really loved the train and boat ride. If your in Fort Wayne even without children dont miss going to the zoo its great

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FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Hope to see you this season which opens April 22. More 

Fort Wayne, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Don't let the "Children's" title keep you away. You don't need to bring the kids in order to have a great time. This is likely the finest zoo for a city of Fort Wayne's size. I prefer it to the Indy Zoo.

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1 Thank llibdecker
FortWayneZoo, Public Relations Manager at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review and we agree "kids" of all ages will find something to see. Hope to see you this season which opens April 22. More 

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