Explore your wild side in Northeast Indiana.


Savor your summer with a family road trip to Northeast Indiana and discover your wild side in these destinations. Your family will love the nationally-ranked Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, learning about the animals at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, or roaming with the buffaloes at the Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve.

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Just outside of Shipshewana you'll find Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park where you can take a safari-style wagon ride on this Amish farm and see and feed a multitude of exotic animals. Or head to Wolcottville to take a guided tour through Cook's Bison Ranch where you can hand feed the buffalo before browsing the gift shop.

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Allen, Fort Wayne

Home to 40-acres of animals, rides, and interactive activities, the nationally-ranked Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a must-see on any visit to Fort Wayne. Pet a stingray in the Australian Adventure, feed a giraffe on an African Journey and explore life in the Indonesian Rainforest. Plus, the zoo is affordable with rides only costing $2, and parking is FREE! 

Mural Fest mural location: 217 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Mom and kids at the ZooFort Wayne Children's Zoo Kangaroo and Log Ride Jigsaw Puzzle PhotoA goat being brushed in the Indiana Farm Exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana

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Visit Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, an accredited animal sanctuary, which gives captured, exotic animals a home for the REST of their lives. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about Black Pine's residents such as tigers, bears, and monkeys. Visitors must register for a tour time online and wear a mask during their tour as many large cats are susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.

Mural Fest mural location: 122 N Orange St, Albion, IN 46701

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Noble County

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Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve in Fremont is home to more than 200 buffalo. Visitors can tour the herd in an open-air vehicle then browse the gift shop filled with unique treasures.

Mural Fest mural location: 900 N Wayne St, Angola, IN 46703

Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve in Steuben County

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