The only U.S. institution accredited as a zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens, Indianapolis Zoo is also the only Midwestern zoo with an in-water dolphin encounter program for its visitors. Explore animals in their specific habitats at each of the zoo's five biomes, or areas with similar climates, plants, and animals. Take a stroll through the botanical White River Gardens, interact with animals at the aquarium, or participate in one of its many educational programs. This nonprofit zoo is most committed to promoting and teaching the public about wildlife conservation. Use our Indianapolis trip planner to visit Indianapolis Zoo on your trip to Indianapolis, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Indianapolis Zoo reviews
Indianapolis has a very fine zoo that is well worth your time if the weather is nice. Highlights include an amazing orangutan habitat, a nice aquarium, and nice habitats for the big... more »
My sister and I came on a Tuesday so it wasn't very busy at all. I noticed that someone complained about the price of water. You can bring your own water bottle. I bought the water and refilled it... more »
Loved it! The grounds were beautiful! We were able to see a lot more animals up close compared to other zoos we’ve been to. We loved the lions and tigers! The dolphin show was cool, too. Bring your own water bottle, though. If you buy a fountain drink, you can’t get a lid for the cup, which isn’t convenient when pushing a stroller and walking with kids. But, if you can transfer your drink to another cup, that problem would be solved😜
As far as zoos go, this was a pretty good experience. The animals all seemed to be well cared for, had decent amounts of room, and were all easily accessible by two adults and two kids. The dolphin show was entertaining and informative. Restrooms and drinking fountains are plentiful and close by pretty much anywhere in the park. The food we had for lunch was good. All in all, it was a worthwhile stop for a day.
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