Established in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo is host to over a million visitors each year. The Indianapolis Zoo has led efforts in conservation and research to become a world-class attraction. It was the first attraction triple accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden.
Another aspect of the zoo is White River Gardens. The gardens span over three acres and provide information about gardening, garden design and plant information. Hundreds of plant varieties are on display in addition to special exhibits featured throughout the year.
The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens are located downtown in White River Park at 1200 West Washington Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Admission is $15.25 for adults; $10.25 for children and seniors. Children under one are free. Parking is $6. In winter months, admission prices, hours and operating days are reduced so be sure to check out the Indianapolis Zoo's website for specific information. The zoo also has Community Tuesdays once a month when admission is just $8 for each person.
The Indianapolis Zoo offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite animals. In addition to the animal exhibits, visitors won't want to miss the popular dolphin show. The show is free with admission but you must collect a ticket at the admission gate. Seating is limited. The zoo also has several rides include the White River Junction train ride, Kombo Family Coaster and a carousel. The rides require tickets available inside the zoo. The zoo also offers two special parks - the splash park, open when temperatures are warm and the fitness park, featuring a special slide and other equipment. Strollers, wheelchairs and electric carts are available for rent.
Indianapolis Zoo exhibits are arranged in biomes - a living habitat for the animals designed to replicate their natural habitats. Listed below are the four biomes of the Indianapolis Zoo:
Dining options are available throughout the zoo. Visitors can enjoy a variety of foods from quick snacks to full meals. Visitors are not permitted to bring food into the zoo, but picnics are allowed at one of the tables located just outside the admission gates. For budget-conscious families, this is a great money-saving option.To get back into the Zoo afterwards, visitors should present their receipts at the admission gates.
The Indianapolis Zoo offers many great special events throughout the year including Animals and All That Jazz, ZooBoo, Zoobilation, Golfari and Christmas at the Zoo.