Milwaukee County Zoo

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10001 W. Blue Mound Road

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Spotted hyenas, camels, leopard sharks and three species of penguin are just some of the animals you'll see if you visit the Milwaukee County Zoo. Opened in 1892, the once-small space has expanded to 200-plus acres containing more than 2,000 animals. But this zoo offers more than just animals. There are also a number of rides and attractions (additional fees apply) like a carousel and a safari train, as well as special events that occur throughout the year, such as breakfast with Santa Claus and an elephant appreciation day.

Of all of the zoo's offerings, previous visitors especially enjoyed the Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo, and the Sunset Zoofari, which gives patrons evening access to the animals alongside live music. (However, according to some travelers, steer clear of the zoo's free days. Hoards of people visit during these days, so lines for attractions tend to be long and views of the animals can be poor at best.)

In addition to animals, attractions and events, the Milwaukee County Zoo also features a cafe, snack shops and several food stands. Bathroom facilities and ATMs are located throughout the zoo grounds, and strollers and motorized carts are available to rent. There are also two gift shops located inside of the property's U.S. Bank Gathering Place.

The Milwaukee Zoo is located 8 miles west of downtown Milwaukee just off of the Interstate 94 and Interstate 41. On top of the zoo's admission fee ($14.25 per adult from April through October; $11.75 per adult from November through March), visitors should expect to pay for parking ($12) and most of the property's rides and activities. The zoo's hours fluctuate throughout the year, but on most days, it is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about seasonal hours and special events, visit the zoo's official website.

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Miller Park, which sits about 3 miles west of the Harley-Davidson Museum and 5 miles southwest of downtown, is home to Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. Although the Brewers may not have the greatest game record, they are certainly beloved by their fans. And whether you're a long-time fan or a first-time spectator, you'll enjoy taking in a game beneath the stadium's retractable roof, which is the only fan-shaped convertible roof in North America. (Thanks to this unique roof, you'll never have to worry about inclement weather, which is a huge perk to many visitors.)

Inside the stadium, visitors will find ATMs, restrooms, phone charging stations, merchandise stalls and food vendors scattered throughout the complex. There are also several all-inclusive areas for larger parties and celebrations during Brewers games, including the luxurious Gehl Club and right field's Dew Deck — which boasts its own 25-foot rock wall.

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