On our latest visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana I couldn’t believe how many family-friendly things to do! Our absolute favorite activity though was visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Situated over 40 acres, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is home to variety of animals ranging from tasmanian devils, red pandas, lions, giraffes, and more! Touted as one of the top ten zoos in the nation, it’s praise is well deserved. Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is perfect for kids but the entire family will love it as well!
Disclosure: Complimentary tickets to Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo were provided for review purposes. All opinions are our own.
After entering the zoo, we decided to begin clockwise at the Australian Adventure. Here, we passed by the train station and visited a recreated Australian plaza. We then ventured to The Reef where we were instantly met with A/C (yay!) as well amazing sea life. We, of course, had to find our favorites like Nemo and Dory, as well as other sea creatures like eel and sharks!
After the reef, the kids spied the Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride and practically ran to it. The log-like canoe brought us through The Outback where we saw kangaroos chillin’ in the shade as well as crocodiles (well, not real ones!) (2 tokens)
We couldn’t leave Australia without my favorite treat – Dole Whip! (Can you tell I’m obsessed? Us, Midwesterners have totally been deprived!) Stop by and grab it at Matilda’s!
Other things to do in the Australian Adventure
- Pet friendly stingray at Stingray Bay
- Take a stroll through the walk-thru aviary.
- Walk through the kangaroo enclosure and watch them hop around or relax.
My favorite area may have been the Indonesian Rain Forest because it truly felt as if we were in the jungle. The research station not only provided a nice reprieve from the humidity but the kids could pretend to be researchers. This is where we saw reptiles including snakes and lizards.
The next area took us to orangutans where they had the cutest little baby orangutan swinging from vine to vine. We were one with the forest as we walked through the Treetop Trail. A stop at the kids treehouse was a must!
Other things to do in the Indonesian Rain Forest:
- Try to find the Sumatran tigers in the Tiger Forest
- Ride the endangered species carousel
- Eat flatbread pizzas at the Treetop Cafe
We started our foray in the African Journey, by getting acquainted with the land. And the best way to do so was waaay up high. Well, 38 feet in the air on the Sky Safari. Our ride took us from one end of Africa back to the beginning. It was nice to get a birds eye perspective of Africa as well as see a few animals.
Tip: Sky Safari only costs 2 token = $2
Once our feet hit the ground, we couldn’t wait to check out the rest of Africa. We followed the Safari Trail and were instantly transported to the Lion King where we saw hyenas and lions by the rock formations, as well as zebras and ostriches roaming the plains.
Tip: Get a better look at the zebras through the Savannah Viewer.
I thought the recreated village with tents and drums were so neat.
We were so surprised to find the mist. It was the perfect way to cool off and a wonderful way to end our day!
Other things to do in the African Journey
- Feed giraffes. Unfortunately, the giraffes must have been full from snacking throughout the day and didn’t want to venture over by us. Still, a really cool experience if you can have them come over. (1 token)
- Grab the wheel and sit behind the wheel of a real Land Rover
- Grab walking tacos and ICEEs from the Market Oasis
Tips to enjoy Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo:
- Visit during twilight hours. We took advantage of the zoo’s twilight hours and visited after 5 p.m. We virtually had the zoo to ourselves and it was so relaxing! No crowds and no waiting for any of the rides, plus many of the animals were very active.
- Try out their experiences. At only $1, these experiences add to the zoo fun. Try the Sky Safari (Africa), Crocodile Adventure (Australia), carousel (Indonesia)
- Easy parking. The exhibit is closer to the South Gate entrance so you may want to park there if your main focus is Brick Safari.
- Participate in a one-on-one encounter. Amplify your zoo experience with special one-on-one encounters. You can feed a giraffe or goats or even go on a pony ride.
Location: 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN
When: Open until September 29, 2019
Ticket prices: Adults $15 (19 and up); Children $10 (ages 2-18); Babies 1 and under free.
Parking: Free parking
Crowded: We visited on a Thursday evening after 5 p.m. and it was not crowded at all.