Enjoy the Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee County Zoo is a place for laughter, learning, and community. Home to thousands of animals, guests of all ages have the unique opportunity to see animals they may not be able to see in the wild. The Zoo is open almost every day of the year and makes lasting memories for every zoogoer. The beautiful 190-acre wooded property provides a natural canopy as you visit animals from around the world.

If you would like to visit the Zoo more than once a year, consider purchasing a Zoo Pass! As a way to raise funds to help support the Zoo, the Zoological Society sells Zoo Passes to individuals and families. The Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that helps support the Zoo so it can continue to provide a world-class Zoo experience for generations to come.

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Zoo Rates and Hours

Zoo Rates vary depending on time of year, day of the week and if you are a Milwaukee County resident.

Daily through Oct. 31: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission gates close at 3:45 p.m.

January 2 through March 31, 2021
Adults $14.25
Child (3 to 12) $11.25
Child (2 and under) Free
Senior Citizen (age 60 and over) $12.75

April 1 through October 31, 2021
Adults $16.75
Child (3 to 12) $13.75
Child (2 and under) Free
Senior Citizen (age 60 and over) $15.75

November 1 through December 31, 2021
Adults $14.25
Child (age 3 to 12) $11.25
Child (2 and under) Free
Senior Citizen (age 60 and over) $12.75

Milwaukee County residents with I.D. receive $1.75 off full-price paid admission every day except Wednesday. On Wednesdays, Milwaukee County residents are admitted at a reduced rate of $10.50 for adults and $8 for children (age 3 to 12).

Parking $15 per passenger vehicle. $20 for buses.

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Getting to the Zoo

The Zoo keeps guests up to date on bus routes and construction around the Zoo.

Find your best route to the Zoo!

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Eating at the Zoo

The Zoo allows guests to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic drinks. However, if you are looking for a cool treat or classic dishes, the Zoo offers different meals to fit your needs.

Plan Your Menu

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Exploring the Zoo

Looking for a restroom, food stand, or favorite animal? Use the Zoo map to find your way around.

Check Out the Map

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Nursing Suites

The Milwaukee County Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to offer quiet and private places to feed nursing children and/or use a breast pump. These suites, sponsored by WIC Breastfeeding Support, are found in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, the Dairy Complex and the Aquatic & Reptile Center. Simply call the number on the front of the suite to receive the door code for access.

Health & Safety

Masks are no longer required in outdoor areas at the Zoo. Masks and physical distancing continue to be required inside all Zoo buildings. The Zoo’s outdoor habitats are currently open, along with most animal buildings open at 100% capacity. Primates of the World is closed.

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Strollers

sponsored by:

Wildernessresort

Adult, junior, and specialty strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the summer, strollers can be rented in the tent across from the Taylor Family Humboldt Penguin Exhibit. In the winter, please stop at the gift shop in the Flamingo Cafe for stroller rentals.

Single stroller: $7
Double stroller: $10

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Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are for the benefit of Zoo guests with special needs.

Note: Rentals stop 1/2 hour prior to the Zoo closing. Wheelchairs cannot be rented in advance.

Standard wheelchair: Free
Driver’s license and deposit required.
Mobility scooter: $30

ANIMAL SHOWS AND PROGRAMS

During certain times of the year, the Zoo and the Zoological Society offer animal and entertainment programs.

Animals in Action

Join us for these zookeeper- and Zoo Pride volunteer-led talks on some of the highest-profile animals at the Zoo.

Open Daily: Returning in 2022. Exact date to be announced later.
Admission: Free

Snakes & Spiders Talk:
Aquatic & Reptile Theater

Bats Talk:
Small Mammals Building

Elephants Talk:
Elephants in Action Pavilion

Orangutans Talk:
Outdoor Orangutan Exhibit

Camels Talk:
Camel Exhibit or Camel Theater

Harbor Seals & Polar Bears Talk:
Harbor Seal Exhibit

Ocean Connections Seal & Sea Lion Programs

Ocean Connections is a nonprofit organization that operates inside the Zoo. Its mission is to provide forever homes to seals and sea lions deemed unable to survive in the wild. You can visit your flippered friends during a variety of interactive programs.

Seal & Sea Lion Shows

Shows Daily: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day (weather permitting)
Shows Friday-Sunday the rest of September
Times: Noon and 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
$4 per ticket

Seal and sea lion feedings, photo opportunities and behind-the-scenes experiences are also available.

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MillerCoors Giraffe Experience

The Zoo’s MillerCoors Giraffe Experience features an outdoor enclosure for the African giraffes; a deck that lets zoogoers get face to face with and feed the giraffes; a temperature-controlled indoor public viewing area; and animal-care areas.

Want to Feed the Giraffes?

Join us for an unforgettable experience. You and others in your small group will be with a knowledgeable guide for about ½ hour. The guide will bring the giraffe to you, talk about the giraffe, answer your questions, and allow you to feed the animals.

Open Daily: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day (weather permitting)
Open Weekends Only in September
Giraffe Feeding Times: 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Tickets are $5 each

A ticket is required for all children to access the feeding platform. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult; maximum of two children per adult. Tickets are valid for the upcoming feeding only and are first come, first served. No refunds.

Goat Yard

Bring your camera for this special chance to get up close to—and feed!—some of the friendliest and furriest animals on the Zoo’s farm. The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to more than 30 Nigerian dwarf goats. Nigerian dwarf goats—smallest of the dairy breeds—are gentle, even tempered and wonderful with children.

Open Daily: Memorial Day Weekend through September (weather permitting) in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm
Goat Feeding Times: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: 50 cents/handful of feed

Stackner Animal Encounter

On the farm, get an up-close introduction to Wisconsin animals like ducks and porcupines at Animal Encounter programs, held in the Stackner Animal Encounter building five to six times a day. Times vary and are posted inside the farm area.

Open Daily: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm

Kohl’s Wild Theater

Treat the kids – and yourself – to wildlife theater at the Zoo! Professional performers use drama, songs, and puppetry to inspire visitors of all ages to learn and care more about our natural world. Catch one of our 15-minute shows on the Kohl’s Wild Theater stage in the farm this summer. (Daily show schedule posted at the theater entrance.) Watch for actors performing short skits and impromptu plays around the Zoo, too!

Open Daily: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
Show Times: 10:15 a.m., Noon, 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

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Traveling Exhibit 

2022 Announcement Coming Soon

Summer exhibits are typically open between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS

Carousel

sponsored by:

Penzeys

Take a trip back to yesteryear on our vintage carousel. Located across from the Train Station.

Open Daily: May through September (weather permitting)
Hours: Opens daily at 9:30 a.m.
Admission: $3 per person

ADA Accessible

Safari Train

sponsored by:

North Shore Bank

All aboard our legendary Zoofari Express, featuring both steam and diesel locomotives. Tickets available at the Train Station.

Open Daily: May through September (weather permitting)
Hours: Opens daily at 10 a.m.
Admission: $3 per person

Sky Safari

sponsored by:

Mathnasium

Go above it all and see the Zoo from a new perspective! Continuous departures across from the South American yard. (Ride embarks and disembarks at the South American yard.)

Open Daily: Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting)
Hours: Check ride area for hours of operation.
Fee: $3 per person

Zoo Expeditions

sponsored by:

Meijer

Choose from several expeditions in different price ranges to suit your interests!

Signature Expedition: $5/person. Departs every 20 minutes starting at the top of the hour. This tour offers guests the traditional guided expedition on an open-air tram, and explains why we Zoo! Learn in detail about the Zoo’s history while seeing some incredible animals along the way!

Themed Riding Expedition: $12/person. Tours last up to one hour. Learn how the animal-care staff creates realistic habitats and enrichment opportunities for the animals. Plus, get the scoop on daily care plans and routine exams.

Walking Expedition: $12/person. Tours last one hour. This expedition offers an in-depth look at the Zoo’s African animals.

Zoo Pass holders receive a $2 discount on all tours.

Open Daily: Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting)
Hours: Check ride area for hours of operation.

Playground

sponsored by:

Unitedhealthcare

This popular stop inside the farm area is filled with slides, climbing bars and more. The playground is outside and open year round.

Sky Adventure Ropes Courses & Zip Line

sponsored by:

Tricitynationalbank

The sky’s the limit for outdoor family fun and fitness at the Zoo’s Sky Adventure featuring a zip line, ropes course and mini ropes course for young children.

Zip Line
The Zip Line launches thrill-seeking guests across a 500-foot, round-trip aerial runway for a magnificent view of the Zoo’s nearby forest.

Ropes Course
The three-level, 24-obstacle Ropes Course sends guests traversing across rope bridges, swinging steps and beams suspended two stories above ground.

Mini Ropes Course
The Mini Ropes Course, perfect for children 2 to 7 years old, features a walk-through that invites older helpers to accompany children as they navigate the course.

Open Daily: Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting)
Open Weekends Only in September

Admission:

Zip Line: $17
Ropes Course: $12
Mini Ropes Course*: $7
Zip Line and Ropes Course Combo: $27

* ages 2-7, height of 4’0″ and under, chaperone required

Society members with I.D. receive a $2 discount.

Poetry

Animals and nature have inspired poets for centuries. Since 2010, nearly 60 poems are found throughout the Zoo. They’re all about wildlife or nature and are part of a project called The Language of Conservation, presented by the Zoo in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library. They were among five zoos and four libraries across the U.S. chosen to join this project that promotes poetry and nature.

The poems are displayed permanently throughout the Zoo in places where you might least expect to find them. Look for poetry sandblasted on rocks, projected with lights and displayed on the Peck Welcome Center boardwalk ceiling. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee contributed to the graphic design.

Find Poetry Around the Zoo

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