Visit the Zoo

Food & Safety

Food Concessions

The Zoo has a variety of food concession areas. The Flamingo Café, which is located in the main entrance mall of the Zoo, is the primary restaurant for the Zoo and is open year-round.

The concession areas in the outlying areas of the Zoo are open during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and on weekends (weather permitting) in early spring and early fall.

Food prices are typical of fast food restaurants but the Zoo's food areas feature a greater variety of foods. There are soft drink and juice vending machines throughout the Zoo.

What’s to eat?

There is plenty to eat at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Where to eat Where in the Zoo Types of food When open 
Farmer’s Market Farm Healthful snacks for kids Summer* Fall**
Dairy Store Farm Ice cream, funnel cakes Summer* Fall**
Flamingo Café Zoo entrance Full meals, snacks, pizza hot appetizers, salads, desserts Year-round
Lakeview Place Lake Evinrude Hot sandwiches, deli wraps, pizza, salads, ice cream Summer* Fall**
Depot Snack Shop Near train station Hot dogs, burgers, subs, snacks, ice cream, funnel cakes Summer*
Sea Lion Stand Near sea lion show Hot dogs, steak sandwich, snacks, ice cream Summer*
Woodland Retreat Near Small Mammals Bldg. Value meals, hot sandwiches, pizza, snacks, ice cream Summer*
U.S. Bank Gathering Place Coffee & Snack Shop Zoo entrance Coffee, candy, snacks, sandwiches, grab-and-go items bottled beverages Summer* Fall**
Beverage & food carts Throughout Zoo popcorn wagons, pretzel & beverage carts, ice cream kiosks Summer* Fall**

* Summer is Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
** Fall refers mostly to weekends in September and October. Please check with Guest Services on the day you’re at the Zoo to see what’s open. Guest Services is in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place entrance.


The Zoo offers a special restroom facility for people with special needs. It is wheelchair accessible.

The Zoo has an ATM machine in the vestibule of the Flamingo Cafe Restaurant and Lakeview Place. Dollar bill change machines are located in the Feline, Primates of the World and Australian buildings.

Information on first aid, lost children, lost and found and public transportation can be found in the Zoo's Administration Office, located in the Zoo's U.S. Bank Gathering Place.

Make Your Visit Enjoyable and Help Us Help the Animals.

For the safety of the Zoo's animals and its guests, pets, radios, skateboards, bicycles, roller skates, and in-line skates are not allowed in the Zoo.

Please do not feed any of the animals at the Zoo. Zookeepers work very hard to make sure the animals have balanced, nutritious diets. Feeding the geese, swans and other wildlife on the Zoo grounds can make those animals aggressive.

Please do not throw coins into the water at any animal habitat in the Zoo. Coins can be fatal to penguins, sea lions and wild waterfowl at the Zoo. Please help us spread the word..for the safety of our precious resource, the animals.

Help do your part by recycling your plastic bottles and soft drink cans in specially marked containers throughout the Zoo.