Six Things We Love About the Milwaukee County Zoo

Fill up your Wauwatosa getaway itinerary with a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. Step into nature with over 2,100 animals and 330 species spread across the 190-acre site.

Located right across the street from Wauwatosa, there are so many ways to see the animals you know and love. Dive into why the Milwaukee County Zoo holds a special place in our hearts!

1. Year-round, jam-packed events schedule

From events geared towards the little ones like Ride on the Wild Side and Kid’s Night, to events for adults like Senior Safari and Zoo Ball, Milwaukee County Zoo always ensures guests have a roaring good time with every visit. 

Plan your next trip around one of their epic events!

2. Indoor and outdoor animal exhibits

Discover the great indoors and outdoors at Milwaukee County Zoo with numerous exhibits. Stop into the Aquatic and Reptile Center to spot a King Cobra, South American River Turtle, Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, and Giant Pacific Octopus. For an even more up-close adventure, swing by the Giraffe Experience where you can meet the giraffes face-to-face and feed them from an elevated deck.

3. Flex Pricing

Looking for a more budget-friendly way to see your favorite animals? Milwaukee County Zoo offers Flex Pricing so guests have access to even more options to accommodate both their budget and their schedule. Choose the best date and rate that fits your wallet and your calendar.

4. Wild rides

Take a break from exploring, and enjoy numerous rides for all ages, including the carousel, pony rides, and Safari Train. Experience a bird’s eye view of the zoo from the Sky Safari, or get roped into the Sky Adventure Zip Line and Ropes Course.

All tickets can be purchased in person on the day of your visit.

5. KultureCity Certified Sensory Inclusive Venue

If any guest has sensory processing needs, Milwaukee County Zoo’s team is trained and supplies are available to make the most out of their visit. The zoo has marked quiet areas, headphone zones, and sensory bags available that include noise-canceling headphones, fidgets, and more.

6. Countless food options

No matter where you are when hunger strikes, there are numerous food and beverage options located throughout the zoo. 

Stop by Nourish 414, across from Lake Evinrude Deck, for a modern dining experience with delicious burgers, flatbread pizzas, salads, and kids’ meals. Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor in the Family Farm is the perfect sweet treat for a hot Wisconsin day. The Bear Garden — across from the Grizzly Bears, of course — is an adult-friendly option where visitors can choose from a rotating selection of beer, spiked ice cream floats, cheese cups, and pretzels. 

Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

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