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Milwaukee County Zoo Free Day
January 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
2022 Family Free Days
Sponsored by North Shore Bank & WITI FOX6
- January 8 -Advance reservations are not required.
- February 5 -Advance reservations are not required.
- March 5 -Advance reservations are not required.
- October 1 -Advance reservations are not required.
- November 5 -Advance reservations are not required.
- December 3 -Advance reservations are not required.
ALL VISITORS RECEIVE FREE ZOO ADMISSION, BUT THE PARKING FEE REMAINS IN EFFECT.
As of May 1, 2021, the Zoo will be open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance gates will close at 3:15 p.m.
2022 Zoo Special summer exhibit:
Tip – always have your family “try potty” right before leaving your house to decrease the incidence of using a public restroom.
See our zoo fun HERE from August 2020.
The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing 330 species. While it’s always exciting to explore, it’s hard to know exactly where to begin. Click on the links below for overviews of major exhibit locations and a list of animals you’ll find there!
- AQUATIC AND REPTILE CENTER
- HERB AND NADA MAHLER FAMILY AVIARY
- TAYLOR FAMILY HUMBOLDT PENGUIN EXHIBIT
- NORTH AMERICA
- NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL FAMILY FARM
- FLORENCE MILA BORCHERT BIG CAT COUNTRY
- AFRICA / ASIA / SOUTH AMERICA
- STEARNS FAMILY APES OF AFRICA
- PRIMATES OF THE WORLD
- SMALL MAMMALS
- WINTER QUARTERS
- ANIMAL LIST
The Milwaukee County Zoo began in 1892 as a miniature mammal and bird display in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. The display proved to be a very popular attraction, and by the turn of the century it grew to over 800 animals on 23 acres of land.
During the next one hundred years, the Zoo experienced near-constant expansion, moving to a new 200-acre wooded site, now home to over 3,300 animals and 377 species.
See our 124-year history
Where to drop Letters to Santa – hint, you can at the ZOO!