The Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo, situated in White River State Park in Indianapolis, is comprised of a zoo, an aquarium, and a botanical garden, and is home to over 3,800 animals of more than 320 species, in addition to 47,000 plant specimens. It is a private not-for-profit organization, and receives no support from taxpayer money, instead relying on membership fees, admissions, donations, sales, grants, and an annual fundraiser.
The Indianapolis Zoo offers 64 acres of both indoor and outdoor animal attractions, and an additional three acres of outdoor gardens. It is open to the public year-round – with hours that vary by season –and has remained a favorite attraction for years among both local residents and families visiting Indy.
Easily navigate its sprawling acreage by planning your visit around the zoo’s five biomes, or areas of plants and animals separated by climate: Oceans, Deserts, Plains, Forests and Encounters. Some of the most popular attractions at the zoo are the underwater dolphin viewing dome and the newly opened orangutan center, in addition to the White River Gardens – which boasts a glass-enclosed conservatory and a water garden – as well as “special zoo experiences” ranging from swimming with dolphins to actually watching a penguin paint a work of art that you get to keep!
On average, adult admission costs $10; admission for children between the ages of 2 and 12 is $8. Parking costs $6 per vehicle year-round. Hours change based on the season, but the zoo is usually open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to at least 4 p.m. In the summer, these hours are extended.
According to the zoo, the animals are generally more active during moderate temperatures, meaning spring and fall are ideal times to visit. If you’re at the zoo during the warmer months, you’ll still spot some animal activity as long as you visit in the morning when the temps are cooler.
To find out more, please visit https://www.indianapoliszoo.com.
1200 W Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222