Columbian Park Zoo


There are those days when you roll out of bed with the smell of adventure filling the air. This sensation is especially true when Rooster and I have our two youngest granddaughters for the day. We wanted to go somewhere where the kids could experience something educational and exciting. We considered the Indianapolis Zoo, but the cost of admission is above our pay grade. Then, Rooster stumbled across the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana. The price of admission for the four of us is under ten dollars.

Our experience at the Columbian Park Zoo

The zoo had such a low admission price it made me nervous about what to expect. However, it surprised me with the wide range of animals and the modern, clean facility I discovered there.

We found Slide Art Our experience at the Columbian Park Zoo

A dangerous old metal slide became a work of art with the addition of a dinosaur and other toys.

The Wallaby Walkabout at the Columbian Park Zoo

The Emus

The Laughing Kookaburra

The prairie dogs

The eagle

Feeding the goats

The Llama

The butterfly house

The totum pole

The monkeys

And finally, the gift shop

Wrapping up our adventure at the Columbian Park Zoo

Life has taken a sudden twist in the road for Rooster and me. COVID forced us into retirement a couple of years before we planned. Early retirement has brought us some unexpected pleasures. One of these treats is the opportunity to spend more time with our youngest grandchildren. They have the potential to become our favorite adventure partners. Columbian Park Zoo proved that sometimes great experiences come with a small price tag. By the time we climbed back into our Chevy Spark, the kids were tired but happy. They were excited about the animals they saw and the shaved ice they enjoyed before the trip home.

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8 thoughts on “Columbian Park Zoo

  1. I’m happy that retirement has allowed you more time to spend with your granddaughters – there are good sides that can come with every unexpected change. Wow, that does seem like a really great price and you got to see one of my favourite animals – wallabies. I’m glad that you were able to feed the goats too – that sounds really fun! 😊

  2. Great pictures. Looks like you had a great day. It sounds like a great deal considering that the admission fee was quite low. I’m glad that you are getting to spend a lot of time with your youngest grandchildren.

  3. What a fun zoo. Nothing beats feeding the goats. Sure the prairie dogs are cute and the emus are unique, but give me a hungry goat any day. Great photos

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