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Washington Park Zoo

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Address: 115 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360-3256
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+1 219-873-1510
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a...

The Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune close to the lake, and is home to more than 200 animals. It is owned and operated by the City of Michigan City, Indiana.

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Great for Littles ones

I think this a great zoo for young children. It is not super big or fancy. It will hold, like 6 and under intereste. Don't expect something like Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Short... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Michigan City, Indiana
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I compare every zoo to our world class St. Louis zoo, with that being said this zoo is very small and old. It has charm though. The buildings are stone and give it an old feel. The zoo itself was clean. I have a problem with some of their animal enclosures. Specifically the tiger. The poor tiger was pacing back... More 

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Thank Michelle M
Michigan City, Indiana
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I think this a great zoo for young children. It is not super big or fancy. It will hold, like 6 and under intereste. Don't expect something like Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Short and sweet is what this zoo is.

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Leesburg, Indiana
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had no idea this zoo was here. It is great. I would call it unique for sure. It is laid out nicely for its size. It was busy but we did not feel crowded. They have an observation tower that has a great view. We will definitely be back.

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Thank ajharman22
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4 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The weather was awesome Sunday so we decided to stop at the zoo and beach for a bit while on our weekend trip. The zoo is very small but I was impressed with the animals. Also very pleased with the price it's very affordable! They need to spruce the place up a bit but other then that it's a cheap... More 

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Thank Chanda L
Tipton, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2017

great place to take kids. you can spend 1-1.5 hours and see everything. small liite zoo but has some great exhibits.

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Thank 1978cjc
Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

For a small zoo there was a lot to see and it was a little less depressing than many of the zoos I have visited. The shocker for me is how accessible some of the dangerous animals are. For instance the tiger cage which is entrance adjacent is so close to the path. If someone wants to put their arm... More 

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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

You would think that a hidden away small zoo like this would barely have any animals and be a breeze to get through. Well, its a huge surprise once you're inside because it has way more than you'd expect. Peacocks roam around, there's monkeys, a really awesome white tiger! There's a huge tower toward the back that's both great to... More 

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1 Thank odpool
Gary, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

It;s an old well-maintained Facility, worth the trip. They are re-working some of the areas but it is still a good afternoon visit and its got the lookout tower built as a WPA Project. Old craftsmanship is visible in many of the site structures

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1 Thank Gerald R
Michigan City, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

We live in Michigan city and we've been to the zoo a handful of times. It's small enough to not be overwhelming for toddlers and little kids yet offers some pretty cool things for the older kids. There's a goat pen and for 0.25 you can get a handful of food. You can't go in the pen but the goats... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

i don't like zoos....its just me....but they do serve a purpose to educate the public and propagate the species right.....so with that in mind....WPZ has an education center for kids and is in a beautiful area for humans....even if the cages for animals are a bit tight.....monkey island is cool and the views of Lake Michigan from the highest point... More 

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