Racine Zoo

Building Information

Building Information: 
The Racine Zoo was established in 1923 at Racine's Island Park. Its first home, however, was quite temporary and in 1925 the Zoo moved to its present 28-acre location on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Racine Zoological Society (RZS) was incorporated in 1924 as a financial support organization for the Zoo. The Racine Zoo is open year-round. The iconic building, the Vanishing Kingdom building, began in 1936 as a WPA project and finished in 1939. That structure still stands today. The Racine Zoo is one of only 225 zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience: 
The mission of the Racine Zoological Society is to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. The Society will provide for the recreation and education of the people, the conservation of wildlife and wild places, and the advancement of science. Currently the Racine Zoo cares for approximately 100 different species of animals from around the world. The Zoo is open for Open House Racine County, as well as hosting a Zooriffic Saturday for our guests.


2131 North Main Street
Racine, WI 53402



3:30PM - 5PM for admissions, closes at 6:00 PM

Event Permissions:

Photography Permitted: 
Photography Permitted
Filming Permitted: 
Filming Permitted

Building Accessibility:

Fully accessible to persons with disabilities

Restroom Availability:

Restrooms will be available for visitors