Michigan City, IN 219-872-7477
The Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928, encompassing 15 acres of a hilly sand dune located near the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Exhibits showcase over 90 species from around the world in their natural settings and surrounded by botanical plantings. Some of the other zoo highlights are the Discovery Center that exhibits some of the cold-blooded creatures including lizards, snakes, and frogs. The Australian Adventure is a walk-through aviary featuring over 250 colorful free flying parakeets and the Red barn exhibit housing the miniature domestic horses, donkeys, pigs, and goats. The Zoo has many unique historical WPA walkways and buildings, including the 70-foot-tall observation tower and educational Rotary Castle.