Zoos in INDIANAPOLIS with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Indianapolis because this The Hoosier State city 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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  • Indianapolis Zoo

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    (1 miles) 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 ...

  • Columbian Park Zoo

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    (58 miles) 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 ...

  • Wolf Park

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    (64 miles) Battle Ground

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

  • Wolf Creek Habitat

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    (64 miles) 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!

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (89 miles) Rising Sun

    A beautiful wolf sanctuary with visits by appointment only. Kids can experience rescued animals, from foxes, coyotes and of course, wolves.

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    (94 miles) Starlight

    Classic farm fun in Indiana, with rides, slides, fun events, fruit picking and even live music!

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    (98 miles) Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

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  • The Bouncin Barn

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    (71 miles) Terre Haute

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

  • Jump and Jacks

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    (98 miles) West Chester

    Visit the LARGEST multi-level play structure in Ohio, with play areas, a toddler room and interactive play floor. Inflatables play yard on limited availability.

  • Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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    (3 miles) Indianapolis

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

  • Fort Harrison State Park

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    (10 miles) 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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    (17 miles) 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!

  • Hoosier National Forest

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    (65 miles) 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 ...

  • Kennekuk County Park

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    (87 miles) Danville

    Grass prairie areas, oak and hickory forests, lakes, 3 nature preserves and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. The visitor center offers a 1000 gallon aquarium, natural history museum and American Indian ...

  • Forest Glen Nature Preserve

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    (87 miles) Danville

    Canoe the Vermilion River, climb the observation tower, camp, picnic and explore using the River Ridge Back Pack Trail.

  • Kickapoo State Park

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    (87 miles) Oakwood

    A paradise for nature enthusiasts, water sports or boating fans and all kinds of wildlife lovers, plus a great adventure playground, and in winter one may try cross-country skiing, sledding, ice ...

  • General Butler Park

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    (93 miles) Carrollton

    Biking, birding, canoeing, fishing, golf, hiking, and even camping is all ready to be enjoyed at this Kentucky park perfect for families!

  • Brukner Nature Center

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    (99 miles) Troy

    Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.

  • Caribbean Cove

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    (11 miles) 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!

  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

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    (49 miles) Kokomo

    Waterpark for the whole family.

  • Splash House

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    (59 miles) Marion

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

  • Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

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    (87 miles) 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!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Cincinnati

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    (97 miles) Cincinnati

    Where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have a blast with slides, play island, adventure river and more!

  • World Skating Academy

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    Indianapolis

    Offers national standard skating facilities but also welcomes families and kids for public sessions. Lessons are available in hockey, figure and speed skating as well as standard beginners' tuition.

  • Great Times Family Fun Park

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    (6 miles) Indianapolis

    Five acres of family fun with Greatimes Family Fun Park, complete with an indoor playland, multi-level arcade, go-karts, bumper boats and mini golf! Great family fun in Indiana on that day out of ...

  • Ben And Ari's Fun Center

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    (17 miles) Fishers

    Mini golf, mini pin bowling, and arcades all await at this fun center in Indiana!

  • Bogeys Family Fun Center

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    (72 miles) Terre Haute

    Great indoor and outdoor family fun in Indiana with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, a kids playland, and an arcade too!

  • Indiana Beach

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    (78 miles) Monticello

    Offering a huge outdoor water park with 6 slides, wet roller coaster and splash playground; high wires climbing challenge and camping options.

  • The Web extreme entertainment

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    (98 miles) West Chester

    Whether you’re looking for high-octane kart racing action, exhilarating laser tag competition, mini golf or bowling, come play, game, and refuel at THE WEB!

  • The Splattered Platter Pottery Studio

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    (99 miles) Middletown

    Paint your own pottery - Mosaics - canvas painting - birthday parties - rock painting and more

  • Strickers Grove

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    (86 miles) Hamilton

    A family friendly amusement park open to the public four times in a year, with great activities for active kids - including roller coasters!

  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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    (1 miles) Indianapolis

    Uncover secrets and stories of Indiana at this fascinating state museum, with three floors of surprises!

  • The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis

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    (3 miles) Indianapolis

    Visit the LARGEST children's museum in the WORLD! Pretty amazing! The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is an incredibly fun and exciting hands-on experience for kids who can learn and discover ...

  • Indiana Medical History Museum

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    (3 miles) Indianapolis

    The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near westside of Indianapolis.

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

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    (4 miles) Indianapolis

    Enjoy an afternoon exploring our galleries, strolling our gardens and grounds, or discovering the past at our historic home.