Milwaukee County Zoo

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10001 W. Blue Mound Road

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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Considered by several former visitors as one of the best brewery tours in Milwaukee thanks to its tasty brews and wildly entertaining tour guides, Lakefront Brewery's tours are also one of the best deals around. For just $10, tourgoers can see much of the brewery, enjoy four 6-ounce samples of beer and take home a souvenir pint glass with a beer coupon (good for a free beer at one of several area eateries).

While the brewery's offerings change throughout the year, some previous brews featured include a pumpkin lager, a barley wine, an organic chocolate stout and an India pale ale. And for a true taste of Wisconsin, previous travelers recommend eating at the on-site beer hall after your tour to savor some regional delicacies like cheese curds, Bavarian-style pretzels and Usinger brats. The Friday fish fry is especially popular with locals and tourists, thanks to its pairing of delicious brews and fresh fish with a live polka band.

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