Our summer is not complete without visiting a zoo, so once I heard that dinosaurs were visiting for the summer at the Milwaukee County Zoo I knew we just had to visit. We absolutely love the Milwaukee County Zoo (read about our fun trip feeding giraffes) and couldn’t wait to get face to face with the dinos.

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

Our experience at Milwaukee County Zoo:

Nothing builds more excitement than seeing dinosaur footprints, so the boys were totally excited to follow those footprints to the dinosaur exhibit. Then they came face to face with a Pachyrhinosaurus. It’s the only dinosaur they’ll be able to climb on so it’s the perfect picture opportunity.

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

Along the wooded path, you’ll see about 20 animatronic dinosaurs you know and love….as well as dinosaurs or creatures you aren’t too familiar with.

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

The kids got a kick out of seeing the dinosaurs and roar but they absolutely loved the spitting Suchomimus.

My daughter was a fan of seeing the cute baby dinosaurs!

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

At the end of the journey, which admittingly ended too soon, visitors can literally get an inside peek at the robot dinosaur or even check out how big a footprint was.

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

You’ll exit through the gift shop which is all too tempting. Plus, there is a mining section to dig for fossils.

Tips:

  • Looking for a souvenir? The dinosaur molding machines would be perfect!
  • Save time by parking at the new West Entrance. The best  way to enter the West Entrance is either travelling east on Bluemound road, you turn right into the lot; if you are travelling from the east, you need to go beyond Hwy. 100 and make a U-turn so you’re travelling east on Bluemound Road.  It opens every day at 10 a.m., May through October.

While You’re Here:

  • Want some seriously awesome cheesy fries? I stopped when I saw the super cool air stream serving the cheesiest fries around. Definitely make a stop at the Ooz.

Dinosaur fun at Milwaukee County Zoo

  • Looking for a super fun place to take the family for a quick bite after the zoo? We had a great time at The Landing at Hoyt Park.  The beer garden not only has brews, but quick bites including a super large pretzel with different sauces as well as pizza from local chain Cranky Al’s. Don’t forget about the ice cream! It was a great place to unwind after a long day at the zoo.

Great food and beer at The Landing at Hoyt Park

Great food and beer at The Landing at Hoyt Park

Great food and beer at The Landing at Hoyt Park

The highlight for kids though will be the fun playground with sand.

Great food and beer at The Landing at Hoyt Park

Bottom Line:

If you have a dinosaur lover, it’s time you make your way to the Milwaukee County Zoo before they leave in September.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/
Location: 10001 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226. Exhibit located in the outdoor habitat behind the Small Mammals Building.
When: Through September 3.
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $3 per person, after regular Zoo admission.
Parking: $12
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon and although it was busy, it was not crowded.