Indianapolis Zoo

Near Westside, Indianapolis
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 advice, if you go more than once a year, buy a membership!
  • 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
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DillmanAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to ask for a ticket for the dolphin'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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DotsonJune 10, 2015
    Everything, but the conservation efforts for the tigers, elephants, orangutans, and dolphins are awesome.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Derick M.
    Derick MckeighenMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    So incredible. Be sure to check out butterfly exhibit. Membership is best option financially.
  • R B.
    R BMarch 13, 2015
    All the exhibits are cool. Very affordable. Good for a date or with your family.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Vicki W.
    Vicki WeberJune 9, 2013
    Great animal exhibits. However, eat lunch before you come. The food at the zoo is expensive.
  • Chris
    ChrisSeptember 16, 2012
    Everything is great!! You can get soo close to some of the animals!!
  • Paula H.
    Paula HeislerJanuary 21, 2016
    The tigers we're so active. Make sure you check out the underwater dome for the dolphin show!!
  • 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.
  • WINDY W.
    WINDY WRSP @WhiteRiverStPrkApril 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    NCAA (RAIN/SHINE) 2015 FREE Event 4/3-4/5: (White River State Park Events Calendar) (NCAA FAQ) #EmbraceTheSpace
  • Marc H.
    Marc HullDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The polar bear was delicious.....I mean huge and amazing to watch.
  • 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.
  • Stuart T.
    Stuart TungateJanuary 17
    Love the dolphin show, and the Plains. I'm looking forward to the new macaw exhibit this summer!
  • SirZac
    SirZacAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to request Dolphin Show tickets at the entrance booths
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