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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

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Address: 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Phone Number:
+1 260-427-6800
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Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award

...and also voted...

Winner of the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award

...and also voted Indiana's #1 Summer "Gotta-Do" Attraction in a contest sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism & Development.

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is operated by the non-profit Fort Wayne Zoological Society under a cooperative agreement with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreations Department. The zoo receives no tax funding for operations and operates solely on earned revenue and donations.

Our Mission:

Connecting kids and animals

Strengthening families,

Inspiring people to care.

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Family Fun Day

My little family never has any issues with this zoo. We cannot wait for more exhibits that are being worked on to reopen. We enjoyed the revamped log ride and the sting ray bay... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2016
rclarice89
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

My little family never has any issues with this zoo. We cannot wait for more exhibits that are being worked on to reopen. We enjoyed the revamped log ride and the sting ray bay. Keep it up!

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

My personal opinion is that the Ft. Wayne zoo is the best zoo in Indiana. The ambiance is so nice with lots of trees, the exhibits are extensive and well done. Lots of interesting animals too.

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1 Thank LMom9
FortWayneZoo, Director of Communication at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and recognition of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We are proud to be a top attraction in the state of Indiana. More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Very good zoo grandkids loved the animals very clean and friendly. Trian and pony rides for kids. Friendly staff

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1 Thank Randy S
FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Our train and pony rides are very popular with our guests. We hope you'll come again! More 

Greenwood
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Passing through Ft Wayne on Memorial Day we decided to stop at the zoo. My 12 year old loved it and so did I. We had fun on the Sky Safari ride, but not much excitement with the water ride. Nice layout to the zoo, and lots to see. Highly recommend

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1 Thank Jason G
FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We're happy the zoo was able to be part of your holiday weekend. More 

Ohio
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Our family has been zoo'ers from day one. Now that our daughters have families, they have continued the tradition. We met at FWCZ as a half way point for our various families - which includes 5 kids 5 and under. We had a BLAST! Great job FWCZ.

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We're so happy to be part of your special family memories that span generations. More 

Middlebury, Indiana
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Spent a great day at the zoo with our 3 adult children. Zoo was very clean and we'll designed, but did notice (from previous trips) there seemed to be fewer animals and more food concessions. It was hard to see that a bottle of water was $2.99 while a slice of pizza was $3.99. All the rides were $2.00 per... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We hope you enjoyed the rides; they are very popular with zoo guests. We are always looking to ways to continually improve our zoo. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

For a city the size of Fort Wayne (300,000), this is an exceptional zoo with boat rides and safari rides. There is a large collection of healthy animals and a petting area for kids. There are some educational presentations as well. Allow at least several hours for your visit and if you are coming from out of town, MapQuest it.... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Providing educational elements and interpretive features at each exhibit allow us to fulfill our mission of connecting kids and animals. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to the zoo. More 

Angola, Indiana
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79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

So....Tripadvisor wants to know whether this for luxury travelers, beach lovers, foodies or trendsetters.....huh? It's a ZOO. It's a first rate children's zoo. It's a MUST SEE. If you only visit one thing in Fort Wayne....this is it. Good signage from highway, free parking, reasonable admission, many volunteers and staff that can answer any question. Extra rides like carousel, sky... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We'll be sure to pass along your positive feedback regarding our plantings and landscaping to our horticulture manager. More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Very Nice, high quality enclosures and landscaping. Pony rides. Very Nice Park. the price for the stroller rental was reasonable. We didn't see it all because our daughter needed a nap, but we had a great time. She was worn out because she played on the nice playground outside the park. We didn't need tokens on the merry go round... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the carousel. It was kind of you to share your extra tokens and make another guest's day even better. We hope you'll come back and visit us again this season! More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is one of the best zoos around. There are tons of hands on activities and rides for the whole family. There are cute little cafes to eat in and this zoo is also located in a park that offers picnic tables to bring your own food. I have children between the ages of 2 and... More 

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FortWayneZoo, Director of Communications at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We're glad you enjoyed a fun family day with all of your children. We hope you'll all come back and visit again! More 

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