1. Steve Aldrich

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    Look, this is an expensive place to go if you’re going for the day, and if you go at 2pm you won’t see too many of the animals. BUT animals aren’t typically at their most active at mid afternoon and running a zoo with no taxpayer support is costly!If you live anywhere near Indy, get a membership and get to the zoo at 9am when the animals are more active! And if you’re visiting, get there at 9am and just realize it won’t be super cheap and it’s not exactly a gastronomic hotspot.For what it is worth, we visit as a family monthly and it’s tons of fun. And early in the day you WILL see animals in most exhibits (the lions seem to like to roar in the morning, no joke).

  2. C Mainten

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    I would give it ZERO STARS IF I COULD. First, the annoying photographer at the gate who won’t let you leave the gate without taking a picture. He actually put his hands on me to prevent my entrance! The zoo is incredibly small and WAYYYY overpriced for what they give you. Very small habitats for the animals they have. The bears even have their defecating spot right in front of the place where the people watch them. I mean many huge stinky piles right in front of everyone as if its a statement of what the bears think of the humans. The Orangutans exhibit was by far the worst. A giant building of steel concrete and ropes for animals that live in trees. They were bored and did nothing but hide in the corners. If you cant make the proper habitat then then don’t have them. The rhinos were kept in an area that looked like a vacant lot. Must be their idea of a Savanna. Way overpriced food. AND ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE FOOD!!!!! IT LITERALLY WAS VENDING MACHINE FOOD FOR 38$ FOR TWO ADULTS AND A 6 YEAR OLD. AND IT WAS ALL CRAP!!!. Roller coaster is a waste of time and you can see almost nothing from the train. This zoo needs to close. People just trying to make some money off a city that wouldn’t have one otherwise. Go to St. Louis, Cincinnati, or Chicago. A zoo should be worth a 4 hour trip to get to. This zoo doesn’t deserve to walk across the street to unless you already have low expectations and do not mind mediocrity in for your entertainment dollar. Never going again!

  3. mark locke

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    i went to the zoo on the weekend of 8-9-14, paid $78.00 for 2 adults and one child (7yrs old). the weather was nice not to hot.. when i got in the zoo, photos were taken for you to purchase at end of your visit (huge rip off more later) all of the animals were asleep or the only part you could see of them was their back sides, ohhhh big new arogantan building to view,,ha one small one asleep and the larger one never came out from the back. and we sat thier a good 20 mins, went to the 2:30 dolphin show, no seats 2 rows blocked of for jr trainers… yeah 4 kids and you needed 2 rows. no place to sit, my wife sat in one spot my 7yr old in another and i had no seat so i was standing by steps and got ran rudely from that spot then moved by the doors and again same lady rudely runs me away from their so i end up sitting on the steps OUTSIDE the show, NO I DID NOT GET TO SEE IT. and my wife could not enjoy the show because she had to keep an eye on our 7yr old who was not sitting with her.. now back to the pics hahahaha $20 bucks for 4 mini wallets come on now who are you kidding. oh wait or you could have gotten a small keychain with one of the mini wallet photos for the same 20 bucks.. needless to say we drove 5 hrs just to go to the zoo and were very disapointed with it. and do not recommend going to this zoo, until they can get better organized. oh and last but not least 3 bucks for a 20 oz bottle of water… really, …

  4. Sean Howe

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    First off, I do not work for the Zoo and a few things need to be noted about a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. This Zoo has no tax payer support, it is a non for profit, all of the Zoo’s funds come from donations or sales. My wife and I grabbed a membership just a week ago and have already used it twice. Plan ahead and buy tickets online or get a Zoo membership to manage the gate prices. We both had a great time. We attended the dolphin show, tiger training and the dog show as well as toured the zoo exhibits and found each to be fun. The zoo is clean (we even saw staff scrubbing the backs of trash cans),all the staff we met were nice, animals were healthy and we have zero complaints. We are planning more visits to make the most of this membership and plan to renew it next year.I would not recommend an “on a whim” trip, plan ahead, buy tickets online or grab a membership.

  5. matt z

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    The zoo is fun for kids but when you think about all the baby dolphins that have died (24!!!!) at the zoo and you see how bummed out the orangutans are in their concrete jungle mmm… not so much. Seriously, I feel so bad for the orangutans. Whatever idiot came up with that as a great habitat for them is not an animal lover. Its actually quite narcissistic when you look at it. Its about structure not home for these intelligent creatures. Ummm…. where’s the trees? So just realize everytime you visit your furthering the sadness of many animals who would much rather be in the wild than have you stare at them behind glass.