Welcome To Washington Park Zoo


The Washington Park Zoo founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune and located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. The animals are exhibited in natural settings, surrounded by botanical plantings. Among the exhibits are Bengal tigers, Cotton top tamarins, American alligators, Grizzly bear, Grey kangaroos, Ring-tailed lemurs, River otters, Bald eagles, and more.

Some of the other zoo highlights are the Rotary Castle that exhibits some of the cold-blooded creatures including lizards, snakes, and frogs. The Australian Adventure which is a walk through aviary featuring over 250 colourful free flying parakeets and the Red barn exhibit housing the miniature domestic horses, donkeys, pigs, and goats. The zoo also has many unique historical WPA walkways and buildings, including the 70 foot tall observation tower.

What's New

  • Notice to Bidders - Pullman Park Renovation Project

    NOTICE TO BIDDERS Notice is hereby given that the City of Michigan City, Indiana, acting by and through the Parks and Recreation Department (“Parks Department”) will receive sealed bids for:   Pullman...

  • Request for Proposals

    THE MICHIGAN CITY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD ("Park Board") is seeking proposals until 4:00 pm, CST, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Park Office on the lower level of City Hall, 100 E....

  • Historic Monkey Island Has Been Closed

    The Washington Park Zoo Monkey Island is closed indefinitely due to deterioration of the exhibit.  After 80 years of operation the exhibit is considered no longer safe to exhibit monkeys or to be...

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Zoo Hours


April 1 — Memo­r­ial Day Open for the sea­son 
10 am — 4 pm
Entrance gate closes at 3 pm
Memo­r­ial Day — Labor Day 10 am — 5 pm
Entrance gate closes at 4 pm
Labor Day — Octo­ber31st 10 am — 4 pm
Entrance gate closes at 3 pm
Novem­ber 1– March 31 Closed for the season

Gen­eral Admis­sion Rates

Adults (12– 61 years) — $6.50
Seniors (62 years and up) — $5.50
Chil­dren (3−11 years) — $5.50
Chil­dren (2 years and under) — FREE

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