Indianapolis Zoo

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  • Eric T.
    "The dolphin show is always a great time."(19 Tips)
    Tj T.
    "New baby giraffe has been out and about so far this summer (6/2011)."(6 Tips)
    Allie G.
    "The orangutan exhibit is now open to the public, so be sure to go..."(3 Tips)
    Ann J.
    "Skip the train ride you mostly see the road and back of bldgs"(4 Tips)
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  • Downtown Indy
    Downtown IndyJuly 17, 2014
    The Indianapolis Zoo is the nation's only accredited combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. Visit the amazing International Orangutan Center, Dolphin Pavilion, shark touch tank, and much more.
  • Goutham G.
    Don't miss the dolphin presentation!! Lots of events throughout the day!! Orangutan enclosure was awesome.. cool animal chat shows!! But still, not the best!!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LakinsJune 13, 2013
    Great zoo. Only down is you have to buy tickets for everything now days (buy a pack of them and you should be good). Make sure you go to the gardens next door free with zoo ticket.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BeimfohrMarch 25, 2012
    Get there early for dolphin show. The elephants are really cool. They pose for pictures! Feed the Giraffes!! A New bird section is open. I love this zoo. The food is lame though eat before or after.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CartierJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Super HOT during the summer, nice breeze in the shade. Ton of variety -- lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, and a ton of other Africian animals. Check the schedule for feedings.
  • Justin C.
    This zoo is incredible! Yearly pass is so worth! Can always come back and find something new to see!
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LummisMarch 19, 2013
    9 AM to 4PM daily Gate Price Members FREE Adults $10.00 Seniors 62+ $9.00 Youth 2-12 $8.00 Children Under 2 FREE Parking $6.00 - regular vehicles $10.00 - large vehicles
  • Scott B.
    Scott BrunstingMarch 29, 2012
    Between parking, food, and the tickets you have to purchase for rides, the Indianapolis Zoo will definitely nickel and dime you to death...my advice, if you go more than once a year, buy a membership!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DillmanAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to ask for a ticket for the dolphin show...it's free with admission, but you can't get in without a ticket. If you come here often, the season family pass is a great deal.
  • Downtown Indy
    Downtown IndyJuly 17, 2014
    It is the first institution to be triple-accredited as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Zoo's Oceans exhibit features a shark touch tank, dolphin show, and the International Orangutan Center
  • Kristina H.
    Kristina Hubbard-SloanFebruary 15, 2012
    Bring a picnic lunch or snacks to eat in the picnic area. Visit during Xmas at the zoo and zooboo I love it there. Love the penguins.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CartierJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tons of indoor exhibits for hot days. Face painting and airbrush tattoos for kids. Collectable penny machines. $15.25 for adult tickets, $6 to park. Amazing time.
  • Tim R.
    Tim RoutMarch 30, 2013
    Be there when the gates are open and skip the aquarium and go for outside animals especially in the summer. They are more active early before it gets hot.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CartierJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome place! Air conditioned, small and gets crowded quickly, but worth it. Tons of lizards, snakes and other reptiles. Look for a beautiful zebra finch.
  • vickie c.
    vickie coumbeSeptember 20, 2011
    Dont miss the baby elephant and baby zebra!Small zoo but a great walking path for those who dont want to be bothered walking elsewhere. Safe from biting dogs, perverts and cars!
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LeeApril 17, 2016
    Parking is $6 and weekend admission is $21. It's a fun little zoo. You can make it through the whole place in about 2-3 hours.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CartierJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tigers were great! So graceful and beautiful. Get their early for the "training" times..they get pretty crowded. There's also gibbons, bats and a bear.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CartierJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty decent menu. Check your zoo map for a free kids meal voucher. Super warm inside. Kids play zone outside. Eat right before dolphin show times or during while the crowd is down!
  • Tj T.
    Tj TryonJune 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    New baby giraffe has been out and about so far this summer (6/2011). Bring $1 if you want to feed the baby giraffe (available mid-day most days).
  • Cory B.
    Cory BrownJune 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The exhibits continue to improve and amaze ages of all. Check out the orangutangs, budgies, and dolphin underwater exploratory.
  • Steve E.
    Steve ElkinJune 8, 2011
    If its hot out... from the entrance do the walrus and equarium center. Then walk to your Northwest towards the elephants. On the rebound youll catch the splash park and dolphin This will keep you cool
  • Tj T.
    Tj TryonJune 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Summer 2011 hours, zoo is open 9am, this is an excellent time to view the animals before it gets too crowded, and while the animals are active...
  • Katie F.
    Katie FramptonDecember 19, 2015
    We went to Christmas at the Zoo. The zoo was decorated with lights and Christmas decorations, it was adorable. Unfortunately it was dark so the animals weren't very active. Probably more fun for kids.
  • Angie B.
    Angie BruceAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We found it to be a much better value to buy the $9 all day refill cup with a few extra straws, instead of buying individual drinks for all 5 of us!
  • Rodney P.
    Rodney PikeMay 5, 2016
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  • HISTORY
    HISTORYJuly 15, 2010
    When the zoo first opened in 1964 was considered a children’s zoo because of the very small exhibits.This zoo can be identified by the Dutch windmill at the entrance.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DotsonJune 10, 2015
    Everything, but the conservation efforts for the tigers, elephants, orangutans, and dolphins are awesome.
  • Raven C.
    Raven CatlinOctober 1, 2012
    The train is not designed well. The only thing you really see is a road, parking lot, dumpsters, clinic, plants, weeds, shrubs, and trees.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BennettMay 28, 2012
    The cheetah's only play in the early morning so get there early. Otherwise you'll only see a pile of furry spots in the shade.
  • Allie G.
    Allie GarmanMay 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The orangutan exhibit is now open to the public, so be sure to go check out our newest friends!
  • Ericia G.
    Ericia GaskinsAugust 4, 2013
    Zoo was packed with a lot of people. Animals were lazy by the afternoon so I would suggest going first thing in the morning or right before they close.
  • Alix
    AlixSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Fall is a great time to visit the zoo! Smaller crowds and cooler weather, and a lot of the animals like it better too.
  • Gretchen S.
    Gretchen SchottAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Have kids? Best restroom is up near the "Plaines" exhibit. Great to hit before you get on the train! The one by Dolphin Exhibit is always busy!
  • Katrina M.
    Katrina MoodyJuly 23, 2011
    Take a spray bottle along and spritz the kids occasionally to help cool them down! & look for quiet, indoor exhibits Read more
  • Indianapolis Zoo
    Indianapolis ZooAugust 16, 2010
    During hot weather, the Zoo has misting stations for visitors near Forests and in the Plains Biomes, as well as the Splash Park presented by Kroger. Please take advantage of these opportunities to coo
  • R B.
    R BMarch 13, 2015
    All the exhibits are cool. Very affordable. Good for a date or with your family.
  • Derick M.
    Derick MckeighenMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    So incredible. Be sure to check out butterfly exhibit. Membership is best option financially.
  • Audrey D.
    Audrey DSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Extremely expensive but lots to see and do. Food is way overpriced, bring your own. Check out butterflieS during their short time at the gardens!
  • Christina C.
    Christina CooperAugust 31, 2013
    Super HOT But Super FUN!! Love the splash pad, dolphin show and nursing room for breast feeding and changing diapers!!
  • Eric T.
    Eric ThomasMay 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Outside of the train, the Zoo is extremely well designed. The dolphin show is always a great time. Read more
  • Vicki W.
    Vicki WeberJune 9, 2013
    Great animal exhibits. However, eat lunch before you come. The food at the zoo is expensive.
  • Ujjwal R.
    Ujjwal RatanNovember 2, 2015
    Check if the dolphin exhibition and rides are working before booking your tickets. I went in October and it wasn't
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica McKameyJune 3, 2010
    Go on days that aren't too hot to get the best views of all the animals! Check out free community days if you are low on cash...Get tickets for the dolphin show early!
  • Paula H.
    Paula HeislerJanuary 21, 2016
    The tigers we're so active. Make sure you check out the underwater dome for the dolphin show!!
  • Chris
    ChrisSeptember 16, 2012
    Everything is great!! You can get soo close to some of the animals!!
  • WINDY W.
    WINDY WRSP @WhiteRiverStPrkApril 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
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  • Marc H.
    Marc HullDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The polar bear was delicious.....I mean huge and amazing to watch.
  • Nick V.
    Nick VJuly 3, 2013
    It's nice always adding stuff on just sad see the animals so sad we always are the reason why animals can't survive in the wild..
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CartierJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great exhibit! Get to touch baby dog sharks. Use only 2 fingers to avoid the shark Nazi haha. Sea lions, polar bears, fish and penguins.
  • Stuart T.
    Stuart TungateJanuary 17
    Love the dolphin show, and the Plains. I'm looking forward to the new macaw exhibit this summer!
  • Karen S.
    Karen Schuler IsingApril 6, 2013
    Use restroom in Oceans area by polar bears - really old but serviceable & no one there. Has changer too.
  • Brandy S.
    Brandy SkeltonJune 3, 2013
    Beautiful zoo! They have added SO much since I was a kid! Loved it!
  • SirZac
    SirZacAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to request Dolphin Show tickets at the entrance booths
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CacioppoMarch 20, 2016
    This place is awesome! The dolphin show is a must!
  • Anna P.
    Feed the birds in the aviary...it is awesome being in the room with them....
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerMarch 28, 2016
    Lovely and well laid out zoo. Great habitats
  • Nancy V.
    Nancy VeselyJuly 6, 2013
    Nice and small can see everything in 3-4 hours
  • Gregory G.
    Gregory GoodinNovember 8, 2010
    This is a fun way to spend a Saturday. Be sure to check out the penguins, bears (polar & black), and elephants!
  • Visit Indy
    Visit IndyOctober 21, 2011
    The Indianapolis Zoo (one of the nation's Top 10, according to TripAdvisor) includes over 350 different animal species on its nearly 70 acres.
  • Gretchen S.
    Gretchen SchottAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Tiger Exhibit is amazing and worth seeing SEVERAL times!
  • Angie H.
    Angie HobaughMay 21, 2012
    the Desert dome is pretty cool, but know it's almost unbearable in hot weather. stay hydrated!
  • Neal T.
    Neal TaflingerAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Please don't go before 11 a.m. - I like the quiet, wide open spaces.
  • Todd Y.
    Todd YoungJuly 29, 2013
    Bring your own food and eat in the picnic area.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WoodJune 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The new orangutan exhibit is stellar!
  • Jen S.
    Jen SimpsonDecember 8, 2011
    The new Tiger area I amazing! Talk about up close!!!
  • Ryn
    RynJune 24, 2010
    Dolphin show is great! If it's a hot day, wear a bathing suit so you can get in the splash park!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LoomisApril 12, 2011
    Have cameras ready when your kids are feeding the giraffes. Cute photo opportunity!
  • Serena E.
    Serena EastonSeptember 14, 2014
    Great atmosphere n cool looking animals
  • Ghost M.
    Ghost MayorSeptember 28, 2013
    With orangutan exhibit under construction, desert and roller coaster still closed. 9/28/13
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.September 2, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 and see the monkeys in Indy.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GordyNovember 27, 2012
    Perfectly sized zoo that you can get through in a day.
  • Allen M.
    Allen McCoyDecember 24, 2012
    Christmas at the zoo. Donatos pizza sells tickets. Adults 7.50 kids 6
  • Tony F.
    Tony FortuneJune 5, 2013
    Spend the extra $10 for the Dolphin Show.
  • Tom K.
    It is a very fun place for young kids.
  • Jameson B.
    Jameson BMay 16
    Been here 5+ times
    Compared to many, many other zoos this place is super expensive. It seems to me they poor money into specific exhibits and let many others go.
  • Jason N.
    Jason NyeMarch 15, 2010
    The zoo is awesome. Can't wait for Cheetah exhibit to open this summer. As always, love the dolphin show.
  • Reggie B.
    Reggie BOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    History Channel left a interesting factoid about the Zoo's opening in 1964. What it failed to mention is that was the old Indy Zoo which was l
  • Tj T.
    Tj TryonJune 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Regular Zoo visitors can save $ by purchasing a 12 ticket pack, which is good for a year.
  • Traci H.
    Traci HooverMarch 14, 2013
    Love the zoo cant wait to take my girls this summer
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HenryJune 25, 2015
    Great for family days. I love this place
  • Ellen
    EllenJuly 27, 2014
    Don't go to Nana's for food, it was awful. The guy didn't give me a receipt or change, the pretzels were rock hard, I was charged extra for a combo that I told them I didn't want, and it took forever
  • Evan C.
    Evan ChesterDecember 12, 2015
    Amazing walruses!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CarterDecember 8, 2013
    Don't miss the dolphin show!
  • Brittany C.
    Brittany CookDecember 17, 2012
    I love the zoo in Indianapolis. :)
  • Randy D.
    Randy DavisAugust 26, 2013
    Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo!
  • Reggie B.
    Reggie BOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Located at a different location. Who has been to the old Indianapolis Zoo?
  • Corey U.
    Corey UrickDecember 11, 2014
    Christmas at the Zoo is always fun.
  • Sherry P.
    Sherry PasswaterApril 13, 2010
    Go to the Butterfly Garden!! These Butterflies are so beautiful & just Awesome to see!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DaughertyAugust 20, 2010
    The first Tuesday of the month offers Zoo admission for only $7!
  • Caity M.
    Caity MillerAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the zoo blows this year. But the dyson hand dryers in the bathrooms are pretty sweet.
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  • FitCities
    FitCitiesJanuary 31, 2012
    Walk off those extra calories in this amazing zoo!
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KolanowskiJuly 24, 2012
    From 7/6/02... a giraffe at the zoo.
  • DAnne S.
    DAnne SMay 1, 2011
    Go on a somewhat rainy day - no line waiting!
  • Tim S.
    Tim S.July 4, 2013
    Dolphin show was great
  • Paul T.
    Paul ThompsonMay 12, 2012
    Crop dust the kids!!!!!!! All the kids!!!!!!
  • Rajeev K.
    Rajeev KarkiNovember 2, 2011
    Get the family membership. It's totally worh it.
  • Alex V.
    Alex VelaMay 29, 2011
    Sneak food in! The food there is expensive but tastes horribly cheap. $3 for a bottle of soda!!!
  • Timothy R.
    Timothy RossJuly 11, 2013
    The dolphin show was lame this year
  • Kristie C.
    Kristie CarterAugust 15, 2013
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