WHAT: Columbian Park Zoo
WHERE: 1915 Scott Street in Lafayette, Indiana
WHEN: Open seasonally. Closed from mid-October through April. Check hours here.
My kids and I visited the Columbian Park Zoo earlier this week and had a great time. While small, the grounds are beautiful and the exhibits are well-thought-out. We especially enjoyed walking through the wallaby section, where wallabies hopped around us. The butterfly exhibit was lovely and we spotted many varieties and observed some cocoons. We heard the monkeys making a racket.
There’s also a small barn, where we saw a pig, miniature horse, chickens and got to pet some wee goats.
- View what they have on exhibit here.
- View the zoo map here, and info on setting up a structured field trip
- More programs at the Columbian Park Zoo
The zoo offers structured field trips for groups. We chose to just visit and enjoy the surroundings. Kids are welcome to play in the fountains near the entrance.
For a fee, you can do a train ride. I don’t think it’s on tracks though, so it’s one of those long train-like kinda vehicles. In case that matters.
Pack a picnic lunch or walk over to Arni’s or the Frozen Custard nearby for a bite to eat. After checking out the zoo, visit the playground at Columbian Park, or go swimming at Tropicanoe Cove (all are on the same property).