Kids of all ages enjoy visiting zoos! There are so many nearby or within short road trip distance and several of them have free admission and/or areas to have a picnic with packed lunches turning your trip into a budget-friendly thing to do with kids!
Zoos Near Northeast Wisconsin
Special Features: Feed giraffes, prairie dog viewing tunnel, adjacent Adventure Park with zip lines, climbing wall, and climbing wall.
**There’s a great playground and picnic area near the parking lot! You can leave to eat and play and re-enter the zoo!
Henry Villas Zoo
702 S. Randall Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin
Open Daily with early closing on holidays
Special Features: Electric train, carousel, playground, and did we mention it’s free?
10001 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Open Daily, Hours Vary Seasonally
ticket prices fluctuate with the seasons
Adult: $11.75 – 15.50
Child (3-12); $8.75 – 12.50
Child (2 and under): FREE
Senior Citizen (ages 60 and over): $10.25 – 14.50
Special Features: Birds of Prey Show, Train, Sky Train, Seal and Sea Lion Show, and Giraffe Feeding
** You can bring in your own food and drinks!
Out of State Zoos
DeYoung Family Zoo
N5406 County Road 577 Wallace, Michigan
(Just two hours away from Appleton and one hour away from Green Bay!)
Open Daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Adults: $12 (Age 16 – 65)
Seniors: $10 (Age 65 and older)
Children: $8 (Age 5 – 16) Free (Age 4 and under)
Special Features: Largest Big Cat Family in the Midwest, petting zoo, feed and hold exotic animals, feed a hippo!
**Pack a lunch for your family and eat inside the zoo at the Pavillion!
Lincoln Park Zoo
Special Features: Educational and up-close animal experiences throughout the day. Train, carousel, boardwalk, virtual submarine, and penguin encounter.
8400 31st Street (1st Avenue and 31st Street), Brookfield, Illinois
Open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays and until 6:00 pm on weekends
Adults: $21.95 ($20.95 online)
Seniors 65 and over: $15.95 ($14.95 online)
Children 3 to 11: $15.95 ($14.95 online)
Military FREE with ID
Special Features: Hands-on Hamill Family Play Zoo and Wild Encounters. Dolphin show, motor safari, and carousel (attractions require tickets).
Special Features: Giraffe feeding, carousel, children’s gallery with hands-on exhibits and play area, near-by family amusement park Como Town.