Marshfield is a city of about 20,000, and the Wildwood Zoo would be impressive even for a city much larger. This lovely 60-acre zoo and park features a variety of animals and exhibits, gardens, walking paths, and more. Located right along Central Avenue (former Highway 13, now Business 13), the Wildwood Zoo is free and open to the public all year ’round.
Key exhibits include the Kodiak bears (Munsey and Boda are their names), cougars, fox, wolves, and lynx. Black-tailed prairie dogs spring out of the holes in their exhibit to peek at spectators while the great horned owls and bald eagles cautiously observe all of the activity. There are also non-zoo animals such as geese, ducks, swans, muskrats, rabbits & squirrels who make themselves at home on the zoo grounds. The large animal exhibits include bison, elk, white-tailed deer, and wild turkeys. These animals can be observed from the large animal drive, as well as by foot.
One nice break from your road trip at Wildwood Zoo is the Sensory Gardens, featuring a wide variety of flowering and non-flowering plants designed to enhance your senses of sight, sound, smell, and touch amidst a tranquil setting.
You’ll find the Wildwood Zoo just south of downtown Marshfield, off Central Avenue (Business Highway 13). U.S. 10 and Highway 80 approach from the south, Highway 97 approaches from the north. Highway 13 (the “through-pass”) brings you within one mile via Central.
Wildwood Zoo Hours:
April 1 – Memorial Day: Daily, 7:30am-6:00pm
Memorial Day – Labor Day: Daily, 7:30am-7:30pm
Labor Day – October 31: Daily, 7:30am-6pm
November 1 – March 31: Daily, 7:30am-2:30pm
The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & News Year’s Day.
Wildwood Zoo Address:
608 W. 17th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449