Indianapolis Zoo

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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 Tickets 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 Get To Indianapolis Zoo by Public Transport

  • Bus number 8 till Washington Street and Indianapolis Zoo.

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Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States

Phone: +1-3176302001

Ticket Price: 13 USD

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Time Required: 05:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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  • What a wonderful zoo it’s very clean and there’s so many awesome things to do. The zoo boo was very neat. As well as they have a dolphin interaction and painting with the walrus and many other of the animals. The staff there are all very nice. The dolphin interaction I got to do it was a memory I’ll never forget they give you a big towel and photo to go home with.

  • My husband and I went to the Indianapolis Zoo with another couple while visiting the city over the Summer. It is not overwhelmingly huge but is still a good size with lots of animals to see. We also made it in time for the Dolphin Show which was actually one of the better ones I have seen. The park was not very crowded when we went on Sunday. We also paid $3 a person to ride the skylift that goes over the top of the park. The line was a bit of a wait (almost half an hour) but the breeze once we got up there felt nice and there were some alright views (mostly tops of buildings though). You can walk the entire park in a few hours and there is a water area for kids to play. The only thing we missed was the Butterfly exhibit which closes earlier than the rest of the park and is located outside of the main entrance. We were so sad we missed it, so make sure you go do that first! Overall, super fun way to spend a day.

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  • Visiting the area we where told to visit the Zoo with our 7 yr old grandson. He really enjoyed it. He loved the snakes and lizards. He also liked the bird aviary. He feed the birds and some even sat on his arm. I liked the orangutans. They were climbing on the outside of the enclosure on towers. It was amazing to see.

  • This is a great place to take your family or go on a date. What many don't know you can have your wedding or Corp event here. I highly recommend this venue. The staff and centerplate are amazing. I also recommend Lights Out Entertainment for your audio video needs for your event at the Indianapolis zoo

  • I love animals and the zoo has got everything to see. My Grandbabies loved going and seeing the animals. The staff are also very friendly and knowledgeable about the zoo animals and their habitat. We loved it so much that we bought a yearly membership..And don't forget the great gift shop. So much to pick from. The zoo isn't just for the children, my husband and I enjoyed it just as much as the kids did. There's always something new at the zoo.

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