Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Indianapolis Zoo is located in White River State Park, conveniently located in beautiful downtown Indianapolis with easy access to walking and biking trails into the city. The Zoo is also just minutes from multiple interstates to make travel convenient for out-of-town visitors. Triple accredited as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden, visitors can experience all of these attractions for one admission price. Open year-round with 64 acres of indoor and outdoor habitats, the Indianapolis Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals of approximately 230 species as well as 47,000 plant specimens.
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spartangirl1717
Saint Joseph, MI9 contributions
Another great visit to the Indy Zoo. This time we added on the dolphin meet and greet experience. It was the highlight of the trip! Masks are required in indoor spaces and when you cannot social distance. Most people were respectful of this. There were plenty of places to sit and eat throughout the park. Would recommend buying tickets in advance if you want to do any of their animal experiences as they sell out quickly. The zookeepers are all very friendly and knowledgeable, and were willing to entertain the many questions our kids have. We spent about 6 hours at the zoo, and would've lasted longer if it weren't for the lines to get into exhibits (due to coronavirus they are limiting the number of people indoors).
Written April 10, 2021
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IndyRunner1984
Indianapolis, IN145 contributions
In keeping with most of the other reviewers, they're completely right. This zoo is average at best and costs way too much. First off, there is a lack of animals in the middle of the summer which is peak season and when they charge the most for admission. I remember 15 years ago when it was $15-18 to get in, and toddlers got in free. Now it's over $28 per person, $25 for a two year old so with fees it was $80 for a family of three. How can a family of 4 afford that? Several exhibits were under construction. Why not wait until early spring or fall to do this? They've lost a lot of animals that they used to have, and with how expensive it is, I don't understand why. There were no lemurs, no walrus, no polar bears, no wolves. The aviary doesn't open until 11am, yet the zoo opens at 9am. That doesn't make sense. They used to have a splash pad which was great for kids on hot days, it's gone. They used to have a great petting zoo area with farm animals and quarter machine feed, that's gone too, replaced with the Aviary and a very sad an dirty play ground area. It's far less interactive, and everything is extra cash, the feedings, the rides, the dolphin show. Nothing is included so that they can Nickle and dime you. It's gone way down hill in the past 15 years. Also, the orangutan exhibit that they spent millions on is awful. It's nothing but a giant block of concrete. No trees, no toys, no water. And every time I see them in there, they're sulking in a corner looking depressed. Also, most of the rides like the train and such also don't open until several hours after the zoo opens. What's the point? The price for parking has also doubled in the past few years from $5 to $10. I know this will fall on deaf ears, but seriously, spend your money elsewhere. I don't know if this is becoming a trend in all zoos or not, but I just expected a bit better.
Written July 25, 2022
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wetravelalot007
Rossville, IN1,197 contributions
We remember visiting the Indianapolis Zoo when we were kids. This place has certainly changed. It has improved although this version of the zoo was not as good as the last time we visited a decade ago.

We went to the zoo on a May Saturday. Wonderful weather. Apparently many others had the same idea because we were not allowed to park in the zoo lot. We were directed to an offsite parking lot and were bussed to the zoo. This round trip added an additional hour to our visit (or we should say ate into our time at the zoo visit as we had dinner plans). That is disappointing enough, but when we got to the zoo drop off on the drive in we saw NUMEROUS open spots. That is super poor service and management! The bus was agast at the open spots and the ordeal we had to endure to spend a few hours at the zoo.

The shows were poorly done. We attended the bird show at the pavillion and the dolphin show. We also fed the giraffes. Each of these waits were longer than the experience. The bird show did not even have a working microphone so you could not hear the presentation. It definitely is not worthy of waiting 20 minutes for a maybe 10 minute show.

Not trying to be a Debby Downer here. The kids loved seeing the animals. Service and experience were lacking on this visit. Perhaps the initial parking issue tainted this visit. The poor quality of the shows we visited or the $109 price tag for entry for 3 of us all contributed to our lack of enthusiasm about this visit to the zoo.

We love zoo experiences. We have rated many zoo and petting zoos higher than 3 stars. We actually believe we have rated them all 4 stars or higher. This trip to the Indianapolis Zoo did not merit better than an Average rating.

Honestly not sure it would merit our return visit list. We have visited several times but think our money can be used better visiting other experiences in Indy.
Written June 3, 2022
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jennifer
Indianapolis, IN219 contributions
Mostly great zoo. The new Tembo Camp with the elephants was really cool, they show you how they get the elephant to kneel and pick up its feet and move around so the vets can make sure they're ok, and then you get to walk up and pet one which was neat.

Aquarium/deserts/orangutans had short lines to get in, but wasn't too bad. Animals were very active.

I do wish they'd expand the lion exhibit, I know they had to separate the male and female lions after the incident a few years ago, but it means that someone is always stuck in the tiny enclosure on the side while the others get to wander in the big part.

Skip the dolphin show, it's free, but the majority of it is watching videos of a Karen from Carmel telling you about recycling and showing her shopping at Whole Foods, with only a few minutes of actually getting to see the dolphins do stuff. Back in the 90s when we went as kids, the entire show was the dolphins doing stuff and the trainers explaining how much they eat, how big they are, etc. The new show means you'll know just as much about dolphins after the show as you did before.
Written October 6, 2020
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Ryan Lawler
38 contributions
Family
Really nice zoo. We went on a beautiful day in March and most exhibits were open; however, only one restaurant was which created quite a wait at other little pit stops. For example, the Brew Hut was the o Lu other thing open and it was a 20 minute wait for a drink and pretzel. Overall, we would definitely visit again. Price for two adults, infant and parking was $50.
Written March 21, 2022
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Arielle M
1 contribution
Family
This is by far the WORST zoo I’ve ever been to! Almost everything we planned to see was closed and we weren’t aware until we got to the area. The animals seemed like they were medicated. The lines to see certain attractions were extremely long! I understand there’s a pandemic going on but I feel like they’ve had enough time to figure out what works for the business to run smoothly and they haven’t. It’s like they take your money you show up expecting to have a great time and it’s the complete opposite! I’m upset because I’ve been to a few zoos and expected this one to be a better experience considering I traveled from out of state and purchased a membership thinking I would want to return and it’s definitely not worth it. There’s no reciprocation meaning I’m stuck with a membership that can’t be used anywhere else. I would actually like to know who I could speak with about this.
Written May 8, 2021
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,283 contributions
I don’t live in Indy, but coming from Bloomington (an hour south) and living in Indiana my whole life, I have strong, warm feelings for lots of things in the state’s capital. The zoo is certainly one of them. I’ve grown up visiting here dozens of times, marveling at the dolphins at the dolphin show, interacting indirectly with the orangutans through their glass enclosure, smelling the flowers in the on-site botanical gardens, and experiencing everything else the facility has to offer.

Albeit small, the Indianapolis Zoo holds a special place in my heart for my not-so-small memories made there. Admission does cost some if you’re not a member, but I hope you find it will be worth the cost. Food options are ample, and activities like the zoo train and a roller coaster will help break the monotony of animal viewing if need be.

I could go on and on, but I hope you are inspired to check out this zoological park NOW!! It’s one of the best in the Midwest!!
Written October 24, 2021
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Nikki W
70 contributions
I went in February and about half the exhibits were closed, meaning the animals were not present. The zoo still charged full price for a ticket for not a full experience. I saw everything in about an hour, and I took my time. I guess it's nice if you have a membership and need something to do in an afternoon, but I probably would not call it a "must-see" attraction.
Written February 27, 2022
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jilejon
Gilbert, AZ193 contributions
Couples
It's a small to medium size zoo, I think it took us 5 or 6 hrs, taking our time going through the exhibits. The volunteers were nice and provided good info about the animals. The road that Google maps took us through was a little rough.
Written June 12, 2022
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2doglady
Tennessee721 contributions
Family
We enjoyed the trip to the Indy Zoo with our family but it seemed overall calm compared to other zoos. The animals were not very active….it was afternoon but not very hot on the day of our visit. For the price, it would be nice to have seen or done a little more. We made it through the whole zoo in about 2-1/2 hours without rushing. They do have animals that are fun to observe and we got some great photos. Some activities inside the zoo have extra charges. Before you pay $3 to ride the sky lift, check to see if the orangutans are out and about. We did and saved ourselves money by not riding once we saw they were asleep. The sky lift gondolas hold only 4 people. A number of the snack or drink places are still closed. Parking is $8. Masks are still required as of mid May.
Written May 17, 2021
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