Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City IN: Family Fun

You had planned to take the kids or grandkids to one of the beaches along Indiana’s lakeshore, but the weather is a little cool for swimming.   Take them to Michigan City’s Washington Park Zoo instead.  The small 15-acre city zoo is just big enough to keep the kids–and yourself–entertained for a couple of hours.

The kids will love feeding the baby goats in the petting yard (bring some quarters with to purchase feed)…Baby_goat

Goat_eating

…or hanging out with the monkeys for a while.

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The only royalty you’ll find in the Rotary Castle are king snakes.

Reptile house

But lizards, frogs and other reptiles live here, too.

Lizard

For a small fee the kids can ride the train.

Train

See animals of stripes….

Zebra

Tiger

….and birds of all sizes and shapes, like the East African Crown Crane…

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….and the American Bald Eagle.

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Walk through the Australian Aviary where colorful parakeets fly free…

Aviary

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…and will even sit on your hand if you lure them with a feed stick.

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Climb to the top of the 70 foot lookout tower.

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The last flight of stairs is this neat spiral staircase.

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Step out onto the balcony for a view of beautiful Lake Michigan and the beach that is still so enticing.  Perhaps you’ll hang out at the beach for a little while after all, since it’s a quick walk from the zoo.

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Washington Park Zoo, open April through October, is located at 115 Lakeshore Drive, Michigan City, Indiana.  Check the web  site for exact hours and admission information.

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