Visiting Milwaukee Zoo in 2021! Here is what you need to know.

Milwaukee Zoo

Get out your walking shoes and camera to head out for a day at the Milwaukee Zoo! The zoo has so many fun animals to see. From big cats and elephants to tiny monkeys and frogs, you’re sure to spy one of your favorites here!

The Zoo is in Phase 2 of Reopening

  • Phase 2 Reopening – Outdoor exhibits open, reduced capacity in buildings, rides and attractions will reopen in the spring. The playground is open.
  • Advance tickets required for visitors daily to maintain safe social distancing.
  • Online reservations are required. Tickets will be sold for timed slots.
  • Regular Zoo admission rates apply; car parking is $12.
  • All visitors (ages 3+) are required to wear masks. When arriving, visitors and their party will be asked if everyone has a mask. If a visitor has forgotten a mask, a paper one will be supplied. A limited quantity of masks is available for purchase at the Gift Shop Marketplace, just past the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.
    • Face masks that are not allowed:  Neck scarves or bandanas, neck gaiters or buffs, winter scarves, face shields, masks with exhalation valves or vents, masks with inappropriate images or writing.
  • Animal Buildings Open
    • Apes of Africa
    • Aquatic and Reptile Center
    • Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country
    • Giraffe Building
    • Aviary
    • Dairy Barn
    • Elephant Care Center
  • A limited number of restrooms will be open.
    • The U.S. Bank Gathering Place
    • Behind the Zoo Administration Office
    • West Entrance; including Family Restroom
    • Nourish 414 Concessions
    • Elephant Care Center
    • Giraffes
    • Family Farm Entrance
    • Maple Cove Picnic Area
  • Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the zoo.
  • Water fountains will be closed; the water bottle refill station in the Gathering Place will be open.
  • Concessions will be available, with limited menu items, at: The Flamingo Cafe and The Coffee Shop.
  • Visitors can bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Visitors can bring in strollers, wheelchairs, and electric scooters

Visit the Milwaukee Zoo Website for more information about ticket reservations, zoo guidelines, and what to expect.

Milwaukee Zoo

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Hours – The zoo is open year-round but the hours vary by season. The animals have an early bedtime, so the zoo closes year-round by 5 pm or earlier.
  • Admission & Parking – Rates for children and adults vary with the seasons and range from $12-$16.75. Children 2 and under are always free! Parking is $12 year-round.
    • Discounted tickets not currently available. Generally, You can find discount tickets through Fox Communities Credit Union, Community First Credit Union, and many Parks and Recreation Departments!
    • Speed up your entry to the zoo by purchasing your tickets in advance. Just a quick scan of your phone at the entry gate and everything is handled!
  • 2021 Family FREE Days TBA
  • Strollers & Wagons – Bring your own or rent a stroller from the zoo. If you have younger kids, you’ll definitely want wheels for them, there’s a lot of walking to be done at this zoo.
  • Food – There are delicious things like popcorn, nachos, slushies, and ice cream throughout the zoo. There’s even a stand devoted to all things cheesy…like grilled cheese and cheese fries!
    • You can also carry in your own snacks and drinks and there are plenty of areas to enjoy them. There are water fountains and bottle filling stations throughout the zoo.
Milwaukee Zoo

Some of Our Favorite Spaces

  • Elephant Exhibit – The African elephants are exploring their big new area at the zoo! There are lots of different viewing points and the elephants have enrichment activities. A zoo employee told us that they have gotten stronger and more active since moving to their new home. They were definitely fun to check out and there is a fun indoor area with interactive areas for kids to engage in pretend play.
  • Small Mammals Building (Currently Closed) – While it might be tempting to just pass this one by, do not miss the chance to see what’s happening inside this building. There is an area that is lit by red lights for nocturnal animals and you get to see all of the fun things that they do in the night. You will not believe how fast armadillos run.
  • Petting Farm and Play Area (Currently Closed) – Take a break from walking around, pet some goats, grab a healthy snack or an ice cream cone, and then rest your feet while the kids check out the awesome playground. A little way away from the playground is a cool beehive display.
Milwaukee Zoo

Extra Zoo AdventuresMay be closed or unavailable

  • Carousel – $3/rider ages 3 and older. Parents are able to ride for no cost for kids that need extra stabilization.
  • Safari Train – $3/rider ages 3 and older. Ride around the zoo on a steam train!
  • Sky Safari – $3/rider. Check out the zoo from above!
  • Zoomobile – $3/rider ages 3 and older. 25 minute guided tour of the zoo.
  • Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip Line
    • Zip Line $16 – 500 feet in the air
    • Sky Trail Ropes Course $13 – Four stories of ropes elements for adventurers over 48 inches tall.
    • Sky Tykes Ropes Course $7 – Scaled down version of the bigger course for kids under 48 inches tall.
Milwaukee Zoo

Shows and Animal FeedingCurrently Closed

  • FREE Kohl’s Wild Theater – Fun 15-minute wildlife skits, songs, puppets, and more three times throughout the day.
  • FREE Animals in Action – Learn about animals in specific areas throughout the day.
  • FREE Birds of Prey Show – Check out the amazing flock during three different shows each day.
  • Giraffe Feeding $5 – Children under 12 years of age are to be accompanied by one paying adult. Maximum of 2 children per adult. Feedings are at 10:30 and 3:00, tickets go on sale 30 minutes in advance.
  • Seal and Sea Lion Shows $4 – Multiple shows per day with optional photo and feeding add ons!

Milwaukee Zoo

10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI
(414) 771-3040

Milwaukee Zoo
Milwaukee Zoo

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