Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States
Ticket Price: 13 USD
Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
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About Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis
This zoo is a non- profit organization that forms a part of the White River Park. It is the only zoo that has been qualified as a zoo, botanical garden as well as an aquarium by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums jointly.
The writings of a newspaper columnist named Lowell B. Nussbaum in 1944 for the need of a comprehensive zoo inspired the people of the city to unite for a decision and this is how the zoo was established and opened in 1964 on 30th East Street. It was later in 1988 that it was shifted to the present location.
The theme of the zoo is based on Biomes (places on Earth with similar climate, surroundings and animal life). The main animal biomes here are-
- The Underwater Dolphin Dome- This is a squarely dome placed in the middle of the dolphin performance pool to give the guests a view of the lovely animals from underneath the water.
- Marsh Dolphin Theatre- This exhibit features a large pool with scenes and models of a coastal village. This is the place where dolphin shows are held every day.
- Dolphin in-water Adventure- This is the Mid- west’s only in- water dolphin theatre where guests can interact with these animals while the shows are on.
The overall exhibits are-
- Deserts- The Desert Dome as the name is conserves a number of furry animals, reptiles and birds. Apart from this they also have a good collection of murals and interpretative signage. The most notable is the lizard collection comprising of agama lizards, plated lizards and desert whip- tailed lizards. The Gouldian owl, Cordon Bleu, zebra and red billed fire finches are other remarkable attractions.
- Forests- This biome represents the temperate and tropical vegetation where you will find red pandas, muntjack deer, Asian Small Clawed Otters, white handed gibbons. The Tiger forest is mainly known for the Amur tigers. The bats, Alaskan brown bears, American Bald eagles, etc are other creatures. The recent addition is the International Orangutan conservation Center that houses 8 varieties of rare orangutans.
- Plains- This biome is mainly known for the African species such as kudu, wildebeests, zebras, vultures, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, etc. The East African Crowned cranes, Marabou storks, lions, wild dogs, baboons, cheetahs, warthogs, etc are others.
- Encounters:Flights of Fancy- This is home of the feathered buddies and is a beautiful aviary.
- White river Gardens- This is the botanical garden of the park with hundreds of plant varieties on display.
- The rides include a caraousel presented by Geico, a combo family coaster, skyline, a train ride.
- Special events and programs are also organized frequently such as Animals and all that Jazz, Christmas at the zoo, elegant vintages International Wine Auction, Halloween Zooboo, Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, Meet a Hero, MLK Day, Mothers Day weekend, Naturally Inspired Paint out, Power Recycling Weekends, Zoobilation, Zoolala, Zoolapalooza, Zoopolis 500, etc.
Indianapolis Zoo Information
- Check the temperature and weather forecast the day you visit.
- Apply sunscreen and carry hats and sunglasses for sure.
- A bottle of water is necessary to keep you hydrated in the heat.
- Make sure you are not ill while taking any of the rides.
- There is a zoo gift shop from where you can collect gifts to take back.
Indianapolis Zoo Ticket Prices
- $6.25 (2-12 years); $10 (62+); Free (below 2 years)
- Package tickets: $26.50 (adult); $20.25 (2-12 years); $24 (62+); Free (below 2 years)
- Advance booking always gives you discounts.
Indianapolis Zoo Opening and Closing Hours
- Exhibit timings vary from the normal timings. Please check the official page for the current details.
- Gate remains open for 30 minutes only after closing hours.
How To reach Indianapolis Zoo by Public Transport
- Bus number 8 till Washington Street and Indianapolis Zoo.
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Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Reviews - Write a Review
I love this zoo. It's well kept, lots of animals. It has a nice flow and a logical organization. It keeps you moving while you get to see a lot of variety. Another smart thing they did is that you get to see the same wilderness area from different angles, in case animals are not visible from one you can look from another. They also like to do mixed species in a single enclosure so there's more to see. I love the cheetahs, the elephants, and the giraffes, but the rhinos with their little bouncing bridge is my nephew's favorite, it seems. The dolphin show is also definitely worth watching.
We were here for the Christmas lights, and wow was it fun! This place gets so decked out with lights and has some really fun ones. There are light sculptures of some of the animals and all over the trees. We did a dolphin show, lots of fun and educational. Highly recommend a trip over.
The price is high for everything admission, food/drinks, souvenirs, attractions and you don't really get your moneys worth. Most of the animals that they have you can see at any other zoo. If you do plan on going its best to buy tickets in advance as you will save some money. If you plan on going more than once a year a membership will probably be your best bet. With all that said it is a nice clean place and they're starting to remodel some of the animal exhibits.
Lots to do and see. It is impressive what they do without any tax support and only donations! The entire staff cares tremendously about all of the animals. They always have something new every year and do fun events during holidays. Memberships are the way to go and make it an affordable place to go with kids throughout the year or if you are just an animal lover.
I take my son here every year on his birthday. Which is in early May. He asks to come here every year, so its become a bit of a tradition. He loves the aquatics and the rhinos. Meanwhile my daughter LOVES the dolphin show. Its not the biggest zoo, but it is very clean and well kept. They also keep expanding. I cant wait to see how much more they will add in the next few years to come. Hopefully, the polar bear can make an appearance back.