Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has given families a host of amazing animal-tastic memories, and now it's your turn to join in!
This world-class zoo see a million visitors each year, and it also plays a major role in worldwide conservation and research, so kids can not only see some of their favorite animals up close and personal, but they can learn invaluable lessons about our planet too!
The Indianapolis Zoo is located in White River State Park downtown and is the only attraction accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden. That also means there is a host of animals, gardens, and sea creatures to explore - so we better get started!
At Indianapolis Zoo, the animal world comes to you! You can connect with animals and plants in their "biome" - where deserts, forests, oceans and plains are filled with 1,400 creatures who can live in environments similar to their own. So if you can't visit a South American rainforest or an African desert, this is the next best thing!
You can visit penguins in Antarctica, and African lions in the savanna. The Oceans building lets you explore the amazing creatures of the deep without even getting wet - from the lionfish, to eels, to rays and sharks.
Kids can see cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, birds, meerkats, reptiles, wildebeest, without leaving the grounds of the zoo. Pretty impressive!
Don't miss the 3 acre White River Gardens either, with hundreds of plants on display - and it's pretty spectacular!
Incredible animal experiences in one of the most popular zoos in the country - so c'mon kids, it's time to get WILD!
$14.70 (Ages 2-12)
Seniors over 62 - $17.70. Discounts if you purchase online ahead of time.
Pick up a total adventure package for $10 instead of individual tickets, for all the great experiences like feeding a giraffe, or feeding a budgie, along with rides, tot area and more!
Their animals are generally more active when the temperatures are moderate. During warmer months, getting an early start and visiting in the mornings when it is cooler will give you the best chance of seeing animals when they're most active.
They have a number of cafes throughout the zoo, from snack shops with hot dogs and gourmet treats, to pizzas at Westside Cafe, to amazing new flavors like Smoke Stack Tacos and BBQ Platters on at Pavilion Cafe (open weekends only)
Healthy Eating They are BIG on healthy food and they offer menus that focus on farm-to-table, and they encourage kids to eat more healthy too! Cafe On The Commons is all about healthy and fresh!
Bring that pocket money because plush toys, educational items, souvenirs and gifts are all waiting at the gift shop!
The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens are handicap accessible with wheelchair ramps located at all of our exhibits. Wheelchair seating is also available in the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion. Check with an attendant if you need assistance. Handicap parking is also available for both cars and vans. Service animals are welcome.
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The Nursing Moms Nest offers a quiet place for moms to care for and breastfeed their babies in privacy. Tucked away in Encounters, this beautifully designed space includes three comfortable nursing rooms, a changing station and wash area, and an activity area where older children can sit and play while mom is breastfeeding nearby.
Hours vary on the season so check before you go. Frequently 9am opens.
Year round, but closed major holidays
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