Children’s Zoo Fort Wayne Indiana

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Nestled in a quiet area of Fort Wayne is the educational and fun Children’s Zoo. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is small enough to enjoy in a day, but still large enough to provide a nice array of animal exhibits. As the name implies the Children’s Zoo has been created to connect children to animals with the goal to inspire children to care for the world around them.

Besides the traditional zoo animals the Children’s Zoo has an African Village, Australian Adventure, and Indonesian Rain Forest. No need to grab a passport and purchase expensive airfare. A visit to the zoo and you can learn about animals from around the world without having to pack.

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During our visit we enjoyed feeding the giraffes and watching the lions at play. We also saw monkeys, zebras, and leopards, oh my. It was so much fun!

In addition to the traditional zoo animal exhibits the Children’s Zoo has three great rides that are only $2 per person per ride.

Sky Safari-Get a birds eye view from 38′ above the ground as you soar above the African Village

Miniature Train-A shiny red engine pulls four passenger cars past the Indiana Family Farm, through a tunnel, and along the shore of Shoaff Lake.

River Ride-Climb aboard a canoe and explore the Australian Outback. Enjoy your float past dingos and kangaroos.

The zoo provides a variety of special events through out the year. Summer safari day camps, Earth Day celebration, birthday parties at the zoo, holiday events (including a Halloween bash that sounds like a lot of fun), and a Zoo-Loo-Au to name a few.

Plus, on select dates throughout the year you can spend the night at the zoo!! How fun.

During the season Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open Monday-Sunday from 9a.m.-5p.m.* and charges $13.50/adult and $8.50/child for admission*

*hours and rates subject to change, please confirm with the Zoo prior to visiting.

What Else Is There To Do In Fort Wayne?

Find Your Roots at the Genealogy Center

Enjoy an entire weekend of family fun! 

Get your culture and art fix

Discover Fort Wayne’s Foodie Side (there are so many great places to eat!)

Swing over to Grabill, an Amish community (A stop at the Grabill Store is a must)

Finish your visit with a trip to DeBrand chocolate for some taste testing.

Attend the Annual Vera Bradley Outlet Sale

There are more tips for attending the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale here

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  1. I love zoos, Deb!! We try to visit zoos when we visit a new place! This one looks like such fun!

  2. Nancy Smith says:

    I volunteer at the fort wayne childrens zoo.I love it it is great. Close to the animals, lovely grounds,Friendly employees and volunteers. It’s a great way to spend a day.

  3. I LOVE going to the zoo! It is so much fun to see all the different animals. This zoo sounds like it has a lot of fun activities.

  4. How fun! We have a local zoo/teaching facility that is really open and educational. This sounds really similar to that. My kids adore going and I think I learn something new every time.

  5. I was going to say Please oh Please don’t forget the Endangered Species Carousel! We live in the Fort Wayne area and my family and I have been members for years! My two oldest children have been summer volunteers for the last 4 or 5 summers! Thank you for reviewing a place that we absolutely adore!

  6. I grew up going to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and now take my kids there! There is also a Carousel in the Indoesian Rainforest section that my kids LOVE. It is also $2/person. Thanks so much for highlighting the zoo on your blog!

  7. Oh my goodness, what an awesome zoo! If we ever take a trip this way, we will have to stop in. I love the train ride!

  8. That zoo sounds like lots of fun for children and adults–wish I lived closer–I would definitely be there!!

  9. We love zoos! And those admission prices aren’t that bad compared to many zoos around here. And the price to ride the rides…even better.

  10. momma fargo says:

    Can’t believe you were so close to me and didn’t call..:(…I would have come to meet you and taken you and your troops to lunch!

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