For more than a century, animal lovers have been able to see some incredible wild creatures at Wildwood Zoo. The zoo is home to nearly 20 exhibits that showcase some of North America’s most iconic wild animals. It draws more than 100,000 visitors a year, and the best season for experiencing the zoo has arrived. Here’s a quick guide to visiting Wildwood Zoo.
How can I visit the Wildwood Zoo?
There are multiple ways to explore the zoo. First, there’s a driving route that will allow you to see some of the zoo’s larger residents. The drive begins right off West 17th Street in Marshfield, near South Adams Avenue. This is a one-way road that loops past fenced areas containing bison, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, elk and timber wolves. To see even more, including the zoo’s popular Kodiak Bear Exhibit, get out of the car and take a stroll. You’ll find parking areas on the north and south side of the zoo, off West 17th Street and South Roddis Avenue. The zoo can be experienced in as little as 15 minutes, although to appreciate the animals and read the signs, you’ll want to allow more time. Some people take their time, relax and spend a half day at the zoo. See zoo hours here.
What does the Wildwood Zoo cost?
It’s free, but donations are accepted.
What can I see at the zoo?
You can see a lot! The zoo has exhibits featuring Kodiak bears, mountain lions, bobcats, Canada lynx, timber wolves, white-tailed deer, American bison, American elk and many more. See information about the animals here.
What’s the most popular attraction?
The twin Kodiak bears (Munsey and Boda) are the stars of the zoo. They are part of a major exhibit that was added to the zoo in 2015. The 800-pound bears are still young and love to play—they wrestle, climb, swim and simply have fun. It’s one of the best exhibits of its kind in the country.
What else is happening at the zoo?
An event called Wild Wednesdays is happening throughout the summer. This free educational program is great for kids—it features professional animal handlers and some fascinating visiting creatures. The programs last 45 minutes and are held at Wildwood Station, 1800 S. Roddis Avenue. For information, contact the Marshfield Parks & Recreation office at 715-384-4642, Ext. 0 or visit the zoo’s website.