Indianapolis Zoo

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  • Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States, 46222
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3176302001
  • Fax: +1-3172334793
  • Ticket Price: 13 USD
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Park, Zoo, River, Family And Kids, Train Ride, Social, Zoos, Aquariums And Wildlife Sanctuaries

Indianapolis zoo is a non profit organization located in White River State Park. It 64-acre Indy 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 Indy zoo 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 zoo 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.
  • Indianapolis zoo rides - The rides include a caraousel presented by Geico, a combo family coaster, skyline, a train ride.
  • Special events and programs - Zoo 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.

  • 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.
  • Also You can visit the zoo at night.
  • Advance Indianapolis zoo tickets always cost less.
  • 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.

Indianapolis zoo prices - (for zoo, aquarium, gardens and show) -

  • Adult: USD 22.95
  • Child: USD 17.45
  • Senior: USD 20.70
  • Zoo Summer Camps: USD 190 - USD 360
  • Dolphin in water adventure price: USD 40 - USD 235

Animal art adventures prices -

  • Zoo Members - USD 260
  • Non Members - USD 285

Indianapolis zoo Adventure Package (entire Zoo, its rides and animal feeds) -

  • Adult: USD 34.95
  • Child: USD 29.45
  • Senior: USD 32.70

Indianapolis zoo hours -

  • Mon - Thurs: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Fri -Sun and Holiday:  9 am - 7 pm
  • Closed on June 10, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Eve and Day 

  • Bus number 8 till Washington Street and Indianapolis Zoo.

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  • Indianapolis Zoo Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States, 46222
  • Indianapolis Zoo Contact Number: +1-3176302001
  • Indianapolis Zoo Timing: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Indianapolis Zoo Price: 13 USD
  • Best time to visit Indianapolis Zoo(preferred time): 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Indianapolis Zoo: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 33.46% of people who visit Indianapolis include Indianapolis Zoo in their plan

  • 89.47% of people start their Indianapolis Zoo visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Indianapolis Zoo

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Indianapolis Zoo

People normally club together Lilly Recreation Park and Central Canal while planning their visit to Indianapolis Zoo.

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  • We love the zoo keep up the awesome work. We enjoy coming out and seeing all the sweet animals will be getting another zoo pass when ours expires. My son loves seeing all the animals. He definitely loves the monkeys. Eventually going to learn all their names. Thank you Indy zoo

  • Zoo fun for everyone! We go at least 4 times a year. Don't miss the dolphin show. You'll learn about conservation and the personalities of an individual dolphin all while seeing amazing tricks. There's a tram, carousel, bird feeding and so much more! They really go all out for the holidays too!

  • Came for Christmas at the zoo it was so pretty!! The lights were amazing and so so pretty! It was also very interesting, its mating season for the penguins, so they gave them fakes eggs to lay on to make them more comfortable during this time. Really cool to see! They had Santa shed with reindeers, that was super cool to see. A neat experience, they really go all out for it!

  • Christmas at the Zoo was pure magic. Traffic getting in was a bit of a bear, but parking was easy and the entrance line moved quickly. The lights were beautiful, the village was crowded but charming, and the snow machines were a fun detail. My son was enchanted by all the lights and the animals that were able to be in their enclosures in winter were active and interesting. We will be purchasing a membership as a result of this visit.

  • This was a fun zoo! We are from Louisville so it was fun to visit another zoo. Best part was feeding all the tiny birds. That was really cool! The sky track thing was neat but the line was long and hot. But fun. The dolphin show was really neat! The show was a little short but it was also free. And the Macaws flying around was super cool. Shark pool was neat too and the seals were hilarious. Big hit with our kids.

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