Epic animal encounters await your family at this Minocqua zoo!

Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo & Safari in Minocqua is home to over 1,700 animals and 229 species and is the second largest zoo in Wisconsin, just after the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The animals are healthy and the grounds are immaculate at this hidden gem in Northwoods, Wisconsin that appeals to all ages. With the variety of animals, from Wisconsin natives to endangered species from around the world, there is something for everyone.

The fun begins when you walk through the main entrance as the petting zoo’s friendly goats greet you! There is also a space to cuddle the bunnies! It is also nice to get up close and feed the deer. The paths meander to see small and large mammals, birds, reptiles, etc. We recommend that you take a map and plan your time – the average time for a visit is around 3 hours.

Minocqua Zoo

  • Free parking
  • Picnic areas
  • Wagon rentals are available at the gift shop
  • Suitable for pushchairs
  • Flat, easy-to-navigate walking paths
  • Informative signage
  • Outdoor learning amphitheater with daily programs and presentations
  • Unique animal experiences and encounters
  • Indoor educational center with bees, artifacts, microscopes, snakes, lizards and insect exhibits.
  • Souvenir shop

Animal experiences (additional cost for each)

There are so many fun optional activities for your animal lovers. Some of these activities can be purchased with your admission ticket when you arrive, and some are done at the meet. We recommend having cash available for these fun add-ons (an ATM is also available).

  • creature food
    • You can feed animals in areas where food is on sale at the zoo, but only and exclusively with food provided by the zoo. Animals include goats, sheep, deer, camels, and aoudads.
      • Critter Food: 1 bag for $5 or 2 bags for $8
      • Petting Food Pellets (machines around the park): $0.50 for a handful of food
  • Parakeets (meeting with parakeets): Visit of the parakeets in the aviary. Buy a food stick for $3, cash only.
  • Giraffe diet: Approach a giraffe to give it carrots in your hand! The cost is $5 for a cup of carrots purchased with cash before entering.
  • Koi carp and trout pond: Buy food from the feeding machines to throw into the pond. It is also a nice place to take a seated break.
  • Safari tram: 30-minute ride pulled by a tractor in an area only visible from the tour. Animals include Kudu, Nyala, Beisa Oryx, Scimitar Oryx, Wildebeest, Eland, and more.
    • Cost: $10 per person (children under 2 are free)

Other attractions include a paddle steamer ride, a children’s train ride, and a merry-go-round (additional cost).

Minocqua Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo Safari

Dino Dig Playground

The perfect place to run! The dinosaur play area includes park equipment with slides, climbing, tubes, dinosaur statues, benches and plenty of sand to play and dig for fossils.

Minocqua Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo Safari

Food and snacks

No outside food or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the zoo. Food options range from snacks and light meals to ice cream and drinks.

  • Jambo Hut: pizza, hot dogs, brats, chicken nuggets, fried cheese curds, and more
  • Wild bananas: quick snacks, hot dogs, brats, chips and freshly popped popcorn
  • Hungry Bear Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe: hand dipped ice cream cones and fancy candies
Minocqua Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo Safari Ice Cream Shack

Entrance and timetables

Open 7 days a week, including all holidays in the season. Open rain or shine.

2022 season: From Saturday 7 May 2022 to 9 October 2022

  • Adults (12 and over): $24.99 plus tax
  • Children (2 to 11 years old): $16.99 plus tax
  • Children (under 2 years old): FREE
  • Parking: FREE

The 2022 times are different for summer, spring and fall. Check their website before visiting for current hours.

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Minocqua Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo Safari Monkey

To note: Wildwood Wildlife Park Zoo and Safari is a private zoo and part of The Zoological Association of America (ZAA), a non-profit, membership-based accrediting organization dedicated to responsible wildlife management, conservation and education. ZAA upholds the highest level of professional standards for animal welfare, safety and ethics.

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