Washington Park Zoo gearing up for busy summer

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on July 03, 2019 with No Comments

The Washington Park Zoo is a Northwest Indiana treasure. Located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan since 1928, the zoo is spread out over 15 acres. Its natural hillside terrain, meandering tree-covered pathways and historical WPA (Works Progress Administration) structures enhance one’s visit as visitors discover the wonders of the natural world.

The zoo started as a sanctuary and continues to welcome wildlife in need.  Many of the animals who call the Zoo homehave been pets that proved to be too wild or were confiscated as illegal and others have suffered injuries that would make life in the wild impossible.

The Washington Park Zoo features more than 90 different species of animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia, North America and South America. With a real focus on education, the zoo has programs for all ages that inspire one’s knowledge of local, endangered and exotic species. From up-close animal encounters to zoo camps, one can find the perfect program for individuals, children, or school classes.

Looking ahead to the summer, the Washington Park Zoo is hosting the following programs:

Zoo 5K Run/Walk– On Sunday, July 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., people can walk, jog, or run through Washington Park and surrounding neighborhoods while supporting the zoo. Contact johnnystimley@yahoo.comfor more details.

B Que with the Zoo– Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the zoo, this evening for the whole family includes dinner, unique animal encounters, silent auction, and other attractions. Advance tickets are required. Ticket prices are $15 for adults (12 and older), $10 for children (3-11 years) and free to children 2 and under. Contact jhuss@michigancity.com.

Grandparents Day at the Zoo– Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., this event offers free admission to all grandparents with a paid child’s admission. Contact jhuss@michigancity.com.

Regular zoo hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last admission one hour before closing.

The zoo’s general admission rates are $8 for adults (ages 12-61), $7 for seniors (62 and older), $6 for children (3-11) and free to children 2 and under. There is a discount for Michigan City residents with an ID.

Located in Washington Park, the zoo’s address is 115 Lakeshore Drive in Michigan City. For more information, call 219-873-1510 or visit www.washingtonparkzoo.com.


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