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Milwaukee County Zoo

This sprawling animal park houses a wide array of exotic wildlife, and is acclaimed for its conservation programs and educational resources.

Milwaukee County Zoo started as a miniature mammal and bird park in the late 19th century, and today it’s one of the city’s great family days out. The zoo covers almost 200 acres (81 hectares) of landscaped grounds, with spacious enclosures faithfully recreating the natural habitats of its 2,583 animals. It’s noted as the nation’s first zoo to successfully breed polar bear cubs in captivity. Give yourself at least half a day to see the animals and take in the feeding presentations and other rides and activities on offer.

You can cover a lot of ground fairly quickly on an insightful guided tour by “zoomobile” streetcar, or with a leisurely miniature steam train ride. The guided tours run for 25 minutes. Purchase tickets from the Zoomobile Ticket Booth near the main entrance. Both activities run during the warmer months between mid-April and mid-October. Alternatively, get a bird’s-eye view of the animals on the Sky Safari chairlift. 

Don’t miss the Big Cat enclosure featuring African lions, snow leopards, South American jaguars and hyenas. The enclosure features regular feeding demonstrations and draws big crowds throughout the day. Check feeding times in advance, particularly when visiting during the colder winter months, when there are fewer events scheduled.

Year round, the temperature-controlled Aquatic and Reptile Center offers a close-up view of tropical marine life and exotic creatures such as the Chinese alligator and King Cobra. You can indulge in some fun side attractions at the zoo, including donkey and camel rides, a traditional carousel and zip lining.

Milwaukee County Zoo is located just west of the city in the Canon Park neighborhood. There is ample on-site parking and frequent public buses from downtown. The zoo is open every day of the year. Families get in free on monthly “Family Free Days” outside the peak summer season.


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Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West $78
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

10499 W Innovation Dr, Milwaukee, WI
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Milwaukee County Zoo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wisconsin Exposition Center and Miller Park. Discovery World and Betty Brinn Children's Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Residence Inn Milwaukee West $67
    Residence Inn Milwaukee West

    Residence Inn Milwaukee West

    1300 Discovery Pkwy, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, WI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and within 3 mi (5 km) of Milwaukee County Zoo and Mayfair Mall. Wisconsin State Fair Park is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

      SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa $75
      SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa

      SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa

      10411 West Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Milwaukee, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Pettit National Ice Center and within 9 mi (15 km) of Miller Park and Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Marquette University and Wisconsin Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Forty Winks Inn $86
        Forty Winks Inn

        Forty Winks Inn

        11017 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Milwaukee, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Milwaukee County Zoo, Mayfair Mall, and Wisconsin State Fair Park. Oceans of Fun and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Beautiful Home in Milwaukee Suburb, Easy Access to Downtown Milwaukee
          Beautiful Home in Milwaukee Suburb, Easy Access to Downtown Milwaukee

          Beautiful Home in Milwaukee Suburb, Easy Access to Downtown Milwaukee

          Milwaukee, WI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Milwaukee, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pettit National Ice Center, Wisconsin State Fair Park, and Milwaukee County Zoo. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Mile are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Historic Governors Mansion $1,000
            Historic Governors Mansion

            Historic Governors Mansion

            Milwaukee, WI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Milwaukee, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pettit National Ice Center and Wisconsin State Fair Park. Milwaukee County Zoo is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

              Extended Stay America Milwaukee - Wauwatosa $63
              Extended Stay America Milwaukee - Wauwatosa

              Extended Stay America Milwaukee - Wauwatosa

              11121 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Milwaukee, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Mayfair Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Milwaukee County Zoo. The Mayfair Collection and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Victorian Queen Master BM In Historic Governor Mansion
                Victorian Queen Master BM In Historic Governor Mansion

                Victorian Queen Master BM In Historic Governor Mansion

                Milwaukee, WI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Milwaukee, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pettit National Ice Center and Wisconsin State Fair Park. Milwaukee County Zoo is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.