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Racine Zoological Gardens

This compact animal park features a host of exotic species big and small, and a range of kid-friendly amusements and educational resources.

Racine Zoological Gardens makes for a fun day out in the company of a wide variety of exotic wildlife. It was established in 1923, and today covers 32 acres (13 hectares) of land. The manageable size allows for a more intimate encounter with the zoo’s 250 animals. See more than 75 different species, including cute marsupials, big cats and fearsome-looking reptiles. The zoo overlooks Lake Michigan, so you can combine your summertime animal adventure with a trip to the beach.

You’ll come across all the familiar crowd-pleasing species here: big cats from Africa, rhinos, playful primates and kangaroos. For a modest extra fee, you can even hand-feed the giraffes.

The zoo’s Discovery Center showcasesreptiles, insects and amphibious creatures. Admire the red-eyed tree frog and the Madagascar hissing cockroach. 

Exhibits just for the kids include a well-equipped adventure playground and barnyard petting zoo.

There are scenic picnic spots among the enclosures and well-placed concession stands for when you’re ready to take a break. A mini train circumnavigates the park during the weekends, and all walking paths are flat and accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

If you’re planning a weekend visit during summer, take advantage of free big band concerts on Sundays. Throughout the year, public holidays are celebrated at the zoo with special offers and animal-themed entertainment.

Racine Zoological Gardens are a 45-minute drive south from central Milwaukee, in the northern outskirts of Racine city. The zoo is open every day of the year. There’s ample free parking on site.


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Lodging Near Racine Zoological Gardens

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$123
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Racine Harbourwalk

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Racine Harbourwalk

223 Gaslight Circle, Racine
3.8
of 5, from 315 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Downtown Racine, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reef Point Marina, Hot Shop Glass, and Racine Art Museum. Living Light Community Center and North Beach Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$145
Christmas House Bed & Breakfast

Christmas House Bed & Breakfast

116 10th St., Racine
5.0
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Downtown Racine, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Racine Masonic Center and Living Light Community Center. Racine Art Museum and Reef Point Marina are also within 15 minutes.

$125
Lochnaiar Inn

Lochnaiar Inn

1121 Lake Ave, Racine
4.6
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Downtown Racine, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Racine Masonic Center, Living Light Community Center, and Racine Art Museum. Reef Point Marina and Hot Shop Glass are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$76
Fairfield Inn Racine

Fairfield Inn Racine

6421 Washington Ave, Racine
4.1
of 5, from 135 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Racine, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Regency Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johnson Wax Headquarters and Living Light Community Center. Wustum Art Museum and River Bend Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$50
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

5419 Durand Ave, Racine
3.3
of 5, from 399 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Racine, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Regency Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of DeKoven Center and Johnson Wax Headquarters. Racine Masonic Center and Living Light Community Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$62
Comfort Inn Racine

Comfort Inn Racine

1154 Prairie Dr, Racine
4.0
of 5, from 284 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Racine, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Regency Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johnson Wax Headquarters and Living Light Community Center. Wustum Art Museum and River Bend Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$84
Delta Hotel by Marriott Racine

Delta Hotel by Marriott Racine

7111 Washington Ave, Racine
4.0
of 5, from 347 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Regency Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johnson Wax Headquarters and Living Light Community Center. Wustum Art Museum and River Bend Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$58
Super 8 Racine

Super 8 Racine

1150 Oakes Rd, Racine
3.5
of 5, from 335 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Racine, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Regency Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johnson Wax Headquarters and Living Light Community Center. Wustum Art Museum and River Bend Nature Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).