Begin your visit by exploring the heart of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – the Central Zoo!

Stop at Monkey Island, where you’ll be entertained by the antics of the capuchin monkeys. Or, head straight for Sea Lion Beach, where you can catch feeding demonstrations at 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM daily. Next door, visit the curious and catch a parade of penguins taking a refreshing plunge!

Other Central Zoo favorites include river otters, penguins, lemurs, and red pandas. At the Indiana Family Farm, you can brush a goat, meet a cow, and pump water from the well. Kids will also enjoy Little Poof, the pony rides, and our 1860′s miniature train ride.


ZO&O Railroad

All aboard! Hop on the ZO&O locomotive for a fun and relaxing ride that the whole family will enjoy. The shiny red engine pulls four passenger cars past the Indiana Family Farm, through a tunnel, and along the shore of Shoaff Lake. The train is a handcrafted, scaled replica of an original 1863 C. P. Huntington locomotive.

Babies age 1 and under ride free. All other children and adults are charged to ride.

Animal Experience

Pony Trail

A ride on one of the zoo’s gentle ponies brings a smile to every child’s face. Have your camera ready as the pony strolls the ring with your child on board! Each pony has an engraved silver nameplate on its bridle, so be sure to find out your pony’s name when you ride.

Pony Trail is for children age 12 and under only. Parents are encouraged to walk beside their child.


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Pony Express

Located next to the pony ride—get cold drinks, ice cream, popcorn, and snacks.

Free Activities



Little Poof, our pint-sized toy train, is waiting for your budding conductor to climb aboard!


Indiana Family Farm

Visit the farm where kids (of all ages!) can brush a goat, say hello to sheep and pigs, and meet a miniature donkey.

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Play along with the zoo keepers as they feed and train the zoo’s sea lions at Sea Lion Beach. Every day at 11:30AM and 3PM.