We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Potawatomi Zoo

#7 of 53 things to do in South Bend Features Animals
500 S Greenlawn Ave, South Bend, IN 46615-1341
+1 574-235-9500
Review Highlights

This little zoo was great. Lots of hands on stuff. The staff was very friendly. There is a sweet... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Pinellas Park, Florida
via mobile
Fun always!

Love this zoo and visit it regularly! One of my kids favorite day trip places to visit! They always... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Read all 202 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“train ride” (18 reviews)
“small city” (4 reviews)
500 S Greenlawn Ave, South Bend, IN 46615-1341
+1 574-235-9500
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (202)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 202 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This little zoo was great. Lots of hands on stuff. The staff was very friendly. There is a sweet little train ride. Prices were very affordable. All the animals looked healthy and well cared for. Was a great trip to the zoo.

Thank BusbyIII
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this zoo and visit it regularly! One of my kids favorite day trip places to visit! They always love to see the kangaroos because you can get so close to them and can't see those just anywhere.

Thank mommagates
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring the animals. There is also a few parks close by with picnic tables and small splash pad. On warm spring days, the animals are all out and about. For a small zoo, they have done a...More

Thank dsnymomocd
Reviewed 8 May 2017

My 21/2 year old grandson loves the zoo. The merry-go-round and train are big hits and the playground inside the zoo is a good place to burn off energy. Potawatomi is much better than the zoo it was when I was a child. There is...More

Thank cheryl a
Reviewed 19 April 2017

While visiting my son at college, we are enjoying the local sights. We tried the Potawatomi Zoo, which is a fun little mouthful of a name, just this past weekend. We were very pleasantly surprised at this small-ish zoo. It was very well kept, not...More

Thank pea1000
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

I stopped here with my family for a visit on Easter Sunday. The zoo wasn't crowded, most of the animals were out, and they were quite active. The zoo isn't very large, but I saw some animals you don't often see in the zoo. You...More

Thank mamathoma
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a good sized zoo, just east of downtown. Tigers, a lion, otters, snow leopards... And a very nice, and larger than usual, petting zoo! Take the train ride, which is narrated and gives you a good overview. $8 for the zoo for a...More

Thank Smudgecats
Reviewed 11 April 2017

While visiting in South Bend, we decided to go to the zoo. It was very clean & well managed. Saw lots of animals of all sizes and from all parts of the world. The layout of the zoo was very nice, easy to get around....More

Thank carouselfroglady
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We love this zoo! It is a very nice zoo given the size of South Bend. Zookeepers always very friendly, animals well cared for and always something new going on. We will be members again next year!

1  Thank NatalieSP
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We love visiting new zoo's, and this became a quick favorite. It's quaint yet offers alot of different animals. The exhibits allow you to get a close encounter, with most of the animals. The reptile house was a family favorite.

1  Thank Ginny H
Nearby Restaurants
Pitts BBQ
65 reviews
.77 km away
Allie’s Cafe
22 reviews
.59 km away
Bonnie Doon Drive-In
15 reviews
1.39 km away
Hensell's Oaken Bucket
45 reviews
.93 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Riverwalk
91 reviews
1.25 km away
Battell Park
18 reviews
2.77 km away
South Bend Farmer's Market
38 reviews
1.46 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Joanne M
I have a Toledo Zoo membership do you except that or give a discount when you show your membership from another zoo?
26 June 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from BusbyIII | Reviewed this property |
I looked at the zoo's website, members of the Potawatomi zoo get 50% off the Toledo Zoo admission, so I assume it would be reciprocal.
how big is this? some mentioned it's small, so for $10 per adult ($8 child) is it worth it?
3 January 2017|
Answer Show all 13 answers
Response from Carl S | Reviewed this property |
Sure it's worth the money, small is a relative term we spent a good afternoon there