Zoos in TERRE HAUTE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Terre Haute 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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    (69 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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    (72 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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    (80 miles) Battle Ground

    Home to a herd of bison, 2 coyotes and 3 red foxes as well as 18 adult wolves.

  • Scovill Zoo

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    (84 miles) Decatur

    Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!

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  • The Bouncin Barn

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    (2 miles) Terre Haute

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

  • Bogeys Family Fun Center

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    (3 miles) Terre Haute

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

  • Rocksome Gardens

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    (50 miles) Arcola

    Rockome Gardens are well known in central Illinois as a family tourist attraction and Amish theme park. The park entertainments are low-key, such as a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the river, or ...

  • St Francis Play Area

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    (70 miles) Greenwood

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

  • Douglas Hart Nature Center

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    (48 miles) East Mattoon

    The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.

  • Kickapoo State Park

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    (49 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 ...

  • Kennekuk County Park

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    (52 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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    (52 miles) Danville

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

  • Hoosier National Forest

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    (63 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 ...

  • Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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    (70 miles) Indianapolis

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

  • Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

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    (72 miles) Mahomet

    900 acres of wooded parkland featuring opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and sledding, plus the Hi-Tower Observation Deck.

  • Ballard Nature Center

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    (74 miles) Altamont

    Nature Trails and a kids' fishing pond in Illinois, with fun interactive displays, and bird and squirrel watching indoors! Nature fun with handicapped accessible features too.

  • Cool Creek Park

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    (78 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!

  • Fort Harrison State Park

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    (79 miles) Indianapolis

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

  • Caribbean Cove

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    (71 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!

  • Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

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    (76 miles) French Lick

    Big Splash Adventure offers an exciting water park adventure for the entire family! 154, smoke free and pet free, family friendly rooms & suites available, many feature bunk beds! Enjoy 40,000 square ...

  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

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    (97 miles) Kokomo

    Waterpark for the whole family.

  • World Skating Academy

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    (70 miles) 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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    (73 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 ...

  • Laser Flash

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    (77 miles) Carmel

    Atmospheric multi-level laser tag arena for a thrilling family battle! Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

  • Walk for Wolves

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    (80 miles) Battle ground

    Get your pack together for Wolf Park's annual Walk for Wolves sponsor-based fundraiser and start raising donations to help our not for profit organization! We need everyone joining in on the fun ...

  • Ben And Ari's

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    (83 miles) Fishers

    2 Designer Miniature Golf Courses 2 Lanes of Mini Pin Bowling Arcade for All Ages Private Party Tent Outside Picnic Area Private Party Room Gift Certificates Locally Owned and Operated

  • Indiana Beach

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    (98 miles) Monticello

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

  • Holiday World and Splashin Safari

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    (97 miles) Santa Claus

    Scream your head off riding some of the top coasters on the planet! Whether you like to spin, bump, fly, or bounce, your family will laugh yourself silly on these great family rides.

  • Terra Haute Children's Museum

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    Terre Haute

    The Terre Haute Children's Museum opened its doors in 1988 in the basement of the Central Christian Church. Since its early beginnings, it has more than doubled in size and has educated over 230,000 ...

  • Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum

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    (50 miles) Arcola

    The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola, Illinois. We are the only officially licensed Raggedy Ann & Andy museum in the world!

  • Orpheum Children's Science Museum

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    (63 miles) Champaign

    A fun, creative and hands-on science museum in Champaign, Illinois where kids can learn and play through interactive exhibits. A great family day out!

  • Indiana Medical History Museum

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    (67 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.

  • Chanute Aerospace Museum

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    (69 miles) Rantoul

    For those aerospace and aviation loving families, this Illinois museum is a great family day out option for you! With real aircraft that kids can get up close to, it's a fascinating look at the ...

  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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    (69 miles) Indianapolis

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

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

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    (70 miles) Indianapolis

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