Muscatine's Zoo Garden commemorates the small zoo Weed Park was once home to, which many older Muscatine residents fondly recall visiting as children. Now, they can relive those memories at the Zoo Garden's carbon steel menagerie which includes sculptures of a bison, a turtle, an elephant, a monkey, a lion, pheasants and a butterfly. The garden also helps keep history alive with its benches, some of which are fashioned from limestone from the old High Bridge, which once spanned the Mississippi River.
The zoo contained a historic log cabin that once housed the reptiles, a small ferris wheel and two timbered overlooks and a picnic shelter that were built after the zoo closed in 1980. The old overlooks have been removed and replaced to be handicapped accessible. They offer a great vantage point to view the Mississippi River.
The Zoo Garden is a collection of smaller gardens, some commemorating certain animals the zoo once housed like the buffalo garden and some commemorating Muscatine residents. The overlooks and gardens are connected by crushed stone trails, which also lead to the garden's picnic shelter.
The garden was developed, and is maintained, by Muscatine volunteers.