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.

Indianapolis Zoo Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Indianapolis Zoo

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

Indianapolis Zoo Hours

  • Monday - Thursday : 9 am - 5 pm
  • Friday - Sunday and Holiday:  9 am - 7 pm
  • Closed on June 10, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Eve and Day

How to Reach Indianapolis Zoo

  • 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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  • 25.41% 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.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • where do I go on line to get tickets

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    • I want to book 2 tickets for Christmas at the Zoo. I am a member 20115121102474

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  • I just got ticket online and can't print them

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    • Please call on  Phone: 1-3176302001 for ticket related queries.

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    • Please call on  Phone: 1-3176302001 for ticket related queries.

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  • What time are the Dolphin Shows today?

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    • The Dolphin Presentation is scheduled to take place at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM today, on 4th Oct 2019. 

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  • when is the dog and dolphin shows

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    • The Dolphin Presentation and All-Star Dog Challenge shows are scheduled throughout the day at different times. These timings of the show vary from day-to-day. You should visit their official website to know the show timings on the day of your visit to the Indianapolis Zoo. 

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  • Are employment opportunities for keepers and semi-skillerd workers at the zoo posted online somewhere?

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    • I suggest you visit the official website of the Indianapolis Zoo where you may find a jobs/volunteer section. 

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