Deer, raccoons, squirrels and robins are not the only animals that you can see around Wisconsin. With many zoos located throughout the state, a trip around the world that the whole family will enjoy is within your grasp - and at a price much more affordable than an international safari! The animals featured come from all across the globe. For great family-friendly fun any time of year, try one of these zoos:
One of the state’s finest zoos, the Vilas Zoo has always, and will always be, admission free, as stipulated by the founding family. It is one of only a handful of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the country that is free. The 30-acre zoo offers many different exhibits and interactive activities for kids.
A few of their big exhibits include the Discovering Primates area, the Big Cat Complex where the cats’ natural habitats are recreated and they can be viewed up close, the Tropical Rainforest Aviary, the George Fait North American Prairie and several others featuring animals from all over the world. The Herpetarium and Discovery Center as well as the Children’s Zoo offers kids the opportunity to feed animals, learn all about the different species they are seeing, and also ride a train or carousel.
One trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo is sure to lead to more, and with admission being free, why not come back soon?
This 300-acre park is located in Chippewa Falls and is free to visitors. The size of the zoo has grown immensely since it’s opening, and over the past several years a number of fundraising efforts for construction projects to expand zoo facilities and animal habitats has been a focus. The big projects have included expanding the exhibits for the bobcats, cougars and black bears.
Other animals include bison, elk, tigers, peacocks, deer and more. There is also a petting zoo and a duck pond that are very popular with children. All of these features are part of a beautiful park with a scenic dam, picnic facilities and historical buildings. During the holidays, the park is decorated with displays and more than 100,000 lights that people drive from all around to see.
Irvine Park Zoo offers a wide variety of animals in a beautiful and educational setting that your entire family will enjoy.
The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the finest zoos in the country with a strong commitment to conservation. Located on more than 200 wooded acres, the zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals.
The zoo features species from all over the globe, and many of the exhibits are organized by continent. A large Aquatic and Reptile center also features fish, reptiles and amphibians from all different bodies of water around the world. Many of the exhibits feature hands-on or interactive activities such as a petting zoo, live shows, pony and camel rides and feeding and swimming with sea lions. A complete listing of all animals and activities is available on their website.
With so much to see and do and such a wide assortment of animal species, the Milwaukee County Zoo is the perfect educational and fun destination for families and children of all ages.