Irvine Park Zoo

Set in Chippewa Falls’ 318-acre Irvine (pronounced “ER-vin”) Park, the Irvine Park Zoo opened way back in 1909 with a bear exhibit. Today, the Zoo features tigers, bobcats, cougars, deer, bison, and other wildlife. Summer months also offer the Red Barn Petting Zoo, and an extensive lighted holiday display – we’re talking over 100 displays…

Ochsner Park & Zoo

Right along Highway 33 in beautiful Baraboo, the Ochsner Park & Zoo offers 26 acres of parkland and a free zoo covering two of them. Ochsner originally opened in 1926 and features an interesting variety of animals for a relatively small zoo:  a snow leopard, a Capuchin (just acquired in 2015), bobcats, prairie dogs, a…

Lincoln Park Zoo

This free zoo just north of downtown Manitowoc features over 200 animals, ranging from black bears and snow leopards to eagles and a prairie dog town that can occupy you for a while (they’re pretty cute.) The Lincoln Park Zoo is open seven days a week except in winter, when it’s closed on Sundays. Address:…

Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the nation’s best, hands down! Opened in 1958, it’s home to over 2,000 animals including mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles – many of whom reside in specialized habitats. The grounds of the Milwaukee County Zoo spread across over 200 acres of forests, exhibits, a large pond, indoor…

Menomonee Park Zoo

The Menomonee Park Zoo is set on 8 acres in a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Winnebago. Open from early May through late September, the Zoo features nearly 50 varieties of animals and exhibits, including permanent exhibits for Gray Wolves and North American Elk. The zoo is bordered by Lake Winnebago on the…