AAA Editor Notes
Racine Zoo is at 2131 N. Main St. This 32-acre park on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to about 250 animals representing 100 species from around the world, including orangutans and other primates, African penguins, kangaroos, lions, tigers, an Andean bear, black rhinos and Masai giraffes. The Benstead Discovery Center houses reptiles, amphibians a bat exhibit and a saltwater fish tank, and the Barnyard Safari features goats, sheep and pigs. .

Visitors may let budgies, rosellas and cockatiels eat from their hands in the open-air Norco Aviary, and they may feed and touch giraffes at the North Shore Bank Giraffe Encounter. The zoo also contains four butterfly gardens. Children's activities include two playgrounds (one is wheelchair-friendly) and Zoo Choo Express, a miniature train ride. Animal chats with care specialists take place daily.

Food is available.

May 1-Nov. 1 $8; $7 (ages 62+); $6 (ages 3-15). Admission rest of year $4; $3.50 (ages 62+); $3 (ages 3-15). Giraffe or camel encounter $4. Train ride $2 (ages 3+). Bird food $2. Under 16 must be with an adult. Rates may vary; phone ahead.
Daily 9-6, late May-early Oct.; 9-4:30, rest of year. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Train ride daily 10-5:30, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; Sat.-Sun. 10-4, Apr. 1-day before Memorial Day weekend and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31 (weather permitting). Giraffe encounter daily at 11, 1, 3 and 5, late May-early Oct.; Sat.-Sun. at 11, 1 and 3, early May-late May. Camel encounter daily at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30, May-Sept. Bird aviary daily 10-7, late May-early Sept.&#160. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour minimum.
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