Zoos in Indiana with kids

It’s animal time in Indiana, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Indiana because The Hoosier State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, encompassing 15 acres and is home to more than 200 animals.

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

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    Fort Wayne

    As well as the main enclosures, included here is a Family Farm animal petting facility, Tree Top Trail, African Journey safari fun, plus Dr. Diversity’s Research Station with hands on researcher ...

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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    Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.

  • Wolf Park

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    Battle Ground

    Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!

  • Indianapolis Zoo

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    Indianapolis

    Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has grown into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research. One of the many ...

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    Rising Sun

    Dedicated to the preservation of North American wildlife and is not limited to wolves. Visit with a range of contented predators recovering in excellent habitats.

  • Columbian Park Zoo

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    Lafayette

    Columbian Park Zoo is home to over 190 animals representing 79 different species. The zoo offers a variety of education programs throughout the year, inspiring an appreciation for the world's ...

  • Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden

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    Evansville

    Situated on 50 acres of rolling hills on Evansville's north west side. Mesker park zoo is home to over 700 animals, thousands of exotic botanic species and Amazonia , forest of riches!

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    Starlight

    Activities include admission range from tether ball game, 40 ft tunnel slide, giant jenga and tot's play area to the Billy Goat walk, plus wagon and pony rides, inflatable slide, cow train, apple ...

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

  • Wolf Creek Habitat

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    Brookville

    A unique experience for the family where you can interact with amazing wolves IN their enclosures! A fun animal experience for your family day out in Indiana!

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  • Bogeys Family Fun Center

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    Terre Haute

    Golf, Playland, NasKarts, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Tilt-a-Whirl, Bulgy the Whale and the NEW Colts Express Carousel

  • Bellaboos Childrens Play and Discovery Center

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    Lake Station

    A fun indoor children's play center with both indoor AND outdoor play! Great for those kids under 9 years who can enjoy unstructured and imaginative play!

  • St Francis Play Area

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    Greenwood

    A welcome respite for children in the shopping experience, with a small physical play area featuring learning toys and some equipment.

  • The Fun Centre at Paiges Crossing

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    Columbia City

    Enjoy mini golf, go karting, batting cages, climbing wall, driving range, arcade and several fairground style rides.

  • The Bouncin Barn

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    Terre Haute

    Great exercise for the kids on rainy days and in the winter. Also, basketball gym too!

  • Jaks Warehouse

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    Schererville

    Includes Ballocity climbing and play structure, Sky Trails, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars and 9 hole Urban Mini Golf course, plus Laser Tag and Laser Maze.

  • Java Mama

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    Fort Wayne

    Indoor cafe for parents with a great play area and classes for those active and curious kids under 6 years! Great indoor play in Fort Wayne.

  • Potawatomi Wildlife Park

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    Tippecanoe

    The Park preserves both prehistorical and historical indian encampments, the Steven Ben-nack Potawatomi village, a portion of the Goshen-Logansport trail, and the Tippecanoe River ford where several ...

  • Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

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    Evansville

    Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark featuring nearly 200 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest. This old-growth lowland forest is of ...

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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    Porter

    15 miles of Lake Michigan shore line as well as wildlife, sandy beaches, hiking trails, wetlands, and prairies - and an amazing outdoor adventure for the whole family in Indiana!

  • Hoosier National Forest

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    Bedford

    In the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but ...

  • Douglas Center for Environmental Education

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    Gary

    Hike the Miller Woods Trail and through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the summer; attend award-winning environmental education programs year round; and when you get ...

  • Fort Harrison State Park

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    Indianapolis

    A state park for all seasons, with woodland walks, sledding, canoeing, and fishing just some of the activities to enjoy in Indiana!

  • Cool Creek Park

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    Carmel

    One of Hamilton County's most popular parks, Cool Creek Park has 90 acres of year round fun with trails, sports, a nature enter and playgrounds!

  • Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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    Indianapolis

    Located within Garfield Park, this beautiful conservatory and gardens offer gardening demos, workshops, talks, and amazing nature!

  • Botanical Conservatory

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    Fort Wayne

    Surround the family in nature with tropical gardens, and great exhibits, as well as fun family events at this Fort Wayne conservatory!

  • Potato Creek State Park

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    North Liberty

    A beautiful state park in Indiana, with outdoor activities, year round fun, a 327 acre lake, diverse landscapes and fascinating history!

  • Deep River Waterpark

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    Crown Point

    Make a splash at Northern Indiana's largest family water park, with water fun over summer, and ice skating in winter.

  • Atlantis Waterpark

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    Clarksville

    Featuring a wave pool, loads of water slides, kiddie leisure pool,

  • Caribbean Cove

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    Indianapolis

    50,000 square feet of indoor tropical water fun in Indiana, where you can spend the day on an island of sprays, slides, and fun surprises!

  • Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

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    French Lick

    Enjoy 40,000 sq ft of water park fun in Indiana, with a host of water park fun for the whole family of swashbuckling buccaneers!

  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

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    Kokomo

    Waterpark for the whole family.

  • Splash House

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    Marion

    Wave Pool Kiddy Area Lazy River Therapeutic Pool Racer Slides The Big Flush (bowl slide) 2 Concession Stands 3 Cabanas

  • Canvas and Conversation LLC

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    Evansville

    Everyone wants to have fun! We offer art entertainment sessions using acrylic paints and a 16 x 20 inch canvas. We give guided instructions so no artistic skills are necessary. We meet entertainment ...