Experience Wildlife Up Close and Personal at the Wisconsin Deer Park

Kimberly Ritter

Have you ever wished that your family could experience the magic of meeting deer up close and personal? In the Wisconsin Dells, you can!

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For 50+ years, the Wisconsin Deer Park has offered families and children of all ages the unique opportunity to explore, enjoy & feed over 100 deer and other wildlife.

A hands-on, educational petting zoo adventure, guests at the park can feed the deer by hand, take photos to your heart’s content, pet the animals, and interact with the natural world in a way that you never thought possible.

From newborn fawns to fully mature adults, guests can enjoy experiencing the various stages of their lifecycle while strolling along our scenic, wooded trails. This educational opportunity is unmatched anywhere else.

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Animals available at the Wisconsin Deer Park include:

  • White Tail Deer
  • American Elk (Wapiti)
  • American Bison
  • European Fallow Deer
  • Japanese Sika Deer
  • Game Birds
  • Llamas
  • Horses
  • Emus
  • Lemurs

Our family recently visited this Wisconsin Dells area attraction and it was a fun and relaxing way to spend some time up close and personal with the animals. Feeding the animals is lots of fun, and my teen and tween had a blast visiting the various creatures throughout the park. There are lots of opportunities to feed and pet, as well as to take photos with the different animals, and you’ll want to purchase lots of food to enjoy the experience as long as possible.


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Hours of Operation
The Wisconsin Deer Park in the Wisconsin Dells typically opens for the season in mid-April and remains open through late October. Mid-April through Memorial Day, they are open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Memorial Day through Labor Day, they are open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Labor Day through late October, they are open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you are planning to visit very early or very late in the season, they recommend calling first to ensure that they are open for business. You can reach them at 608-253-2041.

During our visit, we noticed that lines to visit the park could get long during the day during the peak summer season. I’d recommend visiting earlier in the day or later in the day if possible for smaller crowds.

Admission to the park is $14.00 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $10.00 for kids 3 to 11 years of age. It is free for children 2 and under to visit the Wisconsin Deer Park.

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Food to feed the deer is available for purchase. You can purchase crackers for a few dollars per package when you pay admission. There are also multiple stands throughout the park where food for the animals can also be purchased. Guests are asked not to feed the deer or other animals food from outside the park, since ingredients may be harmful. The animals are on special diets and only food purchased from the park may be used.


If you’re headed to this Wisconsin Dells area attraction, you’ll find it’s right in the heart of this popular Midwest destination city.

The Wisconsin Deer Park is located at 2183 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. Take Exit 87 from I-90/94 and take a right at the second set of stop lights onto Wisconsin Dells Pkwy (Highway 12). The Wisconsin Deer Park is on the right, at the top of the hill and is across the street from Timbavati Wildlife Park.

The park is handicapped accessible, however service animals are not permitted for safety reasons. The park does have some walking involved as you can wander the trails to visit and feed the animals.

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