Accessibility Guide 2022

A Zoo For Everyone

Groups of individuals with disabilities from an organization will receive free admission and parking if they have pre-registered the organization’s visit. Groups should present their confirmation letters from the Zoo showing that they have registered their organization with special needs, and present it to the gate supervisor. Please contact us for details on policy and to pre-register a visit. (Individuals with disabilities do not receive a discount on admission.)

The Milwaukee County Zoo offers Aira users free access to Aira services while visiting the zoo. For more information about Aira, visit www.aira.io.

Wheelchair accessibility via ramp (300 pounds max).

Accessible water fountains are available in various Zoo buildings and are typically located outside of the restrooms.

There are accessible elevators located in the Peck Welcome Center and the Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center.

All Zoo buildings that are publicly-accessible have a wheelchair accessible entrance.

The Flamingo Café is located on the northern end of the U.S. Bank Gathering Place. There are other concession stands located throughout the Zoo grounds that are open seasonally.

For the safety of our animals, service animals are not permitted in the Goat Yard.

Wheelchair accessibility via ramp.

There is a wheelchair-accessible area from which to watch the show. For the safety of our animals, service animals are not permitted in the first three rows of the bleachers.

Accessible parking spaces are available in the front of lots 1, 2 and 3. Vehicles parked in these spaces must display a Disabled Parking Identification Permit hangtag or Disabled/Veteran license plates.

There are picnic tables that offer accessibility throughout the Zoo grounds.

For the safety of our visitors and staff, weapons (guns, personal safety devices, sharp implements, etc.) are prohibited in Zoo buildings and on Zoo grounds during posted special events. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.

Accessible restrooms are located in the following buildings: Aquatic & Reptile Center, Giraffe, Nourish 414, Family Farm Marketing and Communications Offices, Dairy Complex, Peck Welcome Center, Primates of the World, Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country, Flamingo Café and U.S. Bank Gathering Place. Family restrooms with changing areas are located outside of the Zoo Gift Shop next to the First Aid Station, and at the West Entrance.

Accessible only for transfers. There is a separate gate for wheelchairs and other mobility devices; please notify ticket seller. Wheelchairs and other mobility devices may be left on the platform while on train ride.

The Milwaukee County Zoo features quiet areas, headphone zones, and offers for use sensory bags (located at Guest Services in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, and the Welcome Center in the Peck Welcome Center) with noise-canceling headphones, fidgets, feeling zones cards, weighted lap pad, and more. Staff are trained and supplies were provided by KultureCity.

Pets are not allowed at the Zoo. Service animals that assist individuals with disabilities and comply with the Milwaukee County ADA Service Animal Procedure are welcome at the Zoo.

The closest MCTS bus stop to the Zoo is located near the Walk-in Gate on Bluemound Road.

A family (unisex) restroom with changing area is located outside of the Zoo Gift Shop.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for visitor use and are free of charge. Single and double strollers are available to rent for a fee. Motorized scooters (400 pounds max) are available for $30/day. Wheelchairs, strollers and motorized scooters are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

Wheelchairs, mobility aids and other power-driven mobility devices that comply with the Milwaukee County ADA Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power Driven Mobility Devices Procedure are welcome on Zoo grounds.

One of the Zoo’s three trams is accessible. Please call ahead to ensure availability of the accessible tram on the day of your visit.

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