Family Bucket List: Stroll the NEW Zoo

NEW Zoo Green Bay
African Penguin at the NEW Zoo

Get ready to check out penguins, lions, and all your favorite critters this summer at the NEW Zoo in Green Bay! The zoo is ready to provide families with a day of fun learning opportunities in the sunshine with animals from around the world!

With over 200 animals and nearly 90 different species, kids get to connect with nature and learn about various habitats and the variety of animals that call them home. As they explore the zoo, they will be immersed in a world of wonder as they see animals roam, snooze, and play. There are opportunities to feed the giraffes and petting zoo found in the Children’s Barn. You can get right into the world of prairie dogs with cool viewing stations that take you inside of the animal exhibit.

For more fun, play iSpy with the kiddos or create a family scavenger hunt challenge to find everyone’s favorite animals, landmarks, and spots in the zoo. It will make for an even more engaging and personalized visit!

Before heading home, be sure to stop in the gift shop for an array of keepsakes, trinkets and treasures. From stuffed animals to puzzles, games and more, there is something for everyone to remember their visit to the zoo! 

African Lions at the NEW Zoo

COVID Precautions & Changes for 2021

The zoo has introduced new safety protocols, guests can expect a safe, and touchless experience and make wonderful family memories!

When can we visit the zoo?

When planning a visit to the zoo in 2021, families will need to purchase tickets online in advance to reserve a specific time slot. If you have a zoo membership, you can visit anytime. Reservations are needed to control the number of visitors at the zoo at one time to allow for social distancing. It is recommended that guests stay six feet – or one bear length – apart from other visitors while enjoying the zoo. Also, be sure to come prepared with a stroller for young kiddos as rentals are unavailable at this time.

What safety precautions are being taken?

For families to stay safe, zoo volunteers and staff will be routinely cleaning public areas and restrooms, plus hand sanitizing stations will be available for visitors to use throughout the zoo.

Will we need masks?

It is recommended, but not required, that guests wear masks.

Is everything open?

To provide the safest experience possible for all visitors, some zoo attractions will also be closed or limited at this time. The aviary and children’s barn are open and walkable one-way only.

The following attractions are closed:

  • Giraffe Feeding Experience and building
  • Endangered Species Carousel
  • Dahlin Express Train Ride
  • mining sluice 
  • hurricane simulator 
  • playgrounds 

For more information on visiting this summer, please visit

North American Black Bear at the NEW Zoo

Snacks & Food

At the Zoo

After exploring, tame any tummy rumbles at the Mayan Restaurant, which will offer walk-up ordering and an outdoor eating area. Feast on juicy burgers, funnel fries, or dive into a chilly cup of Dippin’ Dots; there are many sweet and savory options for all appetites!

For those looking to grab a quick bite, convenience snacks are available at the entrance, and beverage machines are well stocked and readily available around the zoo.

Nearby the Zoo – Within 5 miles

You can enjoy a picnic outside of the zoo in the park at the back of the parking lot. There’s a fun playground to run around, and the zoo allows you to re-enter if you’ve got exploring left to do.

READ MORE: 65 Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in Green Bay Area

Things to Do Nearby the NEW Zoo

  • 13 Green Bay Area Family Friendly Nature Trails
    These family-friendly trails can take you from waterfalls to bird watching or the bay of Lake Michigan!
  • Titletown District
    Near Lambeau field, this park is an adventure for your whole family. There is playground equipment perfect for your little climbers and football practice features ready for your bigger family members to explore. You’ll also find game courts with free equipment to use!
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
    The grounds are beautiful year-round at the garden and you’ll find a Children’s Garden with a maze and lots of other fun features.
  • Bay Beach Amusement Park
    Tickets for rides at Bay Beach are just 25 cents each and parking is free! An inexpensive surprise side trip after the zoo is sure to be a win.
  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    Do you have the type of kid that never gets tired of seeing zoo animals? This is a great stop with play areas and you can buy corn to feed the ducks!
  • Adventure Park – CURRENTLY CLOSED
    Right next door to the NEW Zoo has a ropes course, climbing walls, zip lines, and obstacle course for big adventures!
NEW Zoo Green Bay
Peafowl at the NEW Zoo

About the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park

The Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo or NEW Zoo is in Suamico, Wisconsin. It is an accredited zoo with the American Zoological Association that brings together accredited zoos and aquariums in the United States to work together to save specific endangered animals from extinction. There are 43 acres of zoo to explore in the northwest of the Brown County Reforestation Camp and together cover 1,560 acres and see more than half a million visitors each year.

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