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Washington Park Zoo

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115 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360-3256
+1 219-873-1510
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A Small Zoo Worth Visiting

The Washington Zoo is a small zoo with a variety of animals. It is a great place for families with... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Merrillville, Indiana
Free entry and fantastic food

Was shocked and very pleased at the free entry and loved seeing the panda’s and orangoutangs. Loved... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
panda in paisley
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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.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good41%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
115 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360-3256
+1 219-873-1510
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

The Washington Zoo is a small zoo with a variety of animals. It is a great place for families with young children to visit. There was ample parking in a convenient location.

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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Was shocked and very pleased at the free entry and loved seeing the panda’s and orangoutangs. Loved how the animals were all covered in enclosures although a bit smelly. Could imagine it to be worse in the height of summer. Spaced out and mostly downhill...More

Thank seagull021
Reviewed 14 October 2017

My husband and I visited the zoo recently and enjoyed strolling around the well landscaped area. Its been many years since we visited the zoo and there seem to be many upgrades. There are some quite steep inclines to walk, but there are ways to...More

Thank Kadie O
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the zoo that we contemplated returning the next day. With over 70 animals and a huge observation tower you will be hard pressed to know find something to love about this small but mighty zoo. They have a petting zoo...More

Thank Kara E
Reviewed 3 October 2017

If your looking for something to do on a nice day this zoo hits the target it's not a large zoo but it has assorted amimals. And they do not charge an arm and leg $7.00 for adult. They have a cafe which is also...More

Thank wltgl
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the zoo around 3:30 and were told the zoo closed at 3 that day (a Saturday), but the website said it was open until 5. Disappointing as it looked like it would be a fun zoo. Went to the beach instead across...More

Thank Shannon E
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Very disappointed that was not allowed to use my tripod for my camera. Paid to get in and then once I was in was told I couldn't use my tripod. So I asked for a refund and was asked the reason why? Duh! Will not...More

Thank Scott T
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Although my grandchildren loved seeing the animals at this zoo, I was disturbed by how small the cages were, particularly for the bigger animals like the lions. The zoo needs to look into better habitats for their residents. The animals looked depressed and bored. The...More

Thank Carole B
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Took my grand daughter who is 10 years old to the Washington Zoo and we both enjoyed our visit. The Zoo is very clean and well maintained and has quite a few animals for being a small Zoo. It was perfect for walking around and...More

Thank Nanney12
Reviewed 18 August 2017

the animals were kept in too small of cages, nowhere for the large cat family to run. Most of the pens didn't have adequate bedding, alot of fecus left in pens and flys were awful. I will not go again. I took pictures of the...More

Thank sportyhd13
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5 September 2016|
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Response from Kendra S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure- I would call.
Lynne N
6 March 2016|
Response from gypsygirl31 | Reviewed this property |
April 1st from 10-4 is the first day per the website