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Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222-4552
Phone Number: 317-630-2001

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Unexpected Delight

We stopped here after visiting the zoo. This is the type of place where I wish I had a book with me so I can find some hidden nook and read. Very peaceful.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after visiting the zoo. This is the type of place where I wish I had a book with me so I can find some hidden nook and read. Very peaceful.

Thank MamaLeopard
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The gardens are a nice green space break from the concrete jungle! The outdoor portion is lovely. Enjoyed the Lego displays. Indoor garden is a quick visit but the outdoor garden winds around with new sections to be discovered!

Thank Sheepishly_Traveling
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

This is definitely a place to visit. It is so pretty and peaceful. We went when they had the lego exhibits which were amazing. But even without them the gardens are gorgeous. We made it a part of our Indianapolis Zoo visit and were not disappointed. I also kept thinking, what a great place to get married...it I already wasn't.

Thank CRMays
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

Colorful, well planned out for minimal space. The "wedding" area is a perfect backdrop any bride should consider for her event. Lots of different areas, with tons of varieties of plantings. Very peaceful and relaxing.

Thank Mauiblues16
indianapolis, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

The White River Gardens are adjacent to the Indianapolis zoo and included in the price. If you enjoy being outside and viewing plants,flowers, landscaping you'll love this visit.

Thank Kaye N
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

Great place for walkers and to spend some me time. I went early morning and it was peaceful. Could not ask for a better place to send some alone time.

Thank 5023claxton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

Included with INdy Zoo admission. The butterfly house is so fun and enlightening for any age, and the gardens are breathtaking. A popular destination for weddings, especially summer evenings.

1 Thank Megan W
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016

I can tell the gardens should be beautiful. But in early March this are no out door plants. It looks like the backyard of an abandoned mansion. I'm not even sure why they bother to open it before they have any plants. Although, even with the lack of plant life, there was a semi romantic feel to walking around there.

1 Thank crazybluegirl2001
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

Very peaceful and special to be in with orchids and staghorn ferns and all kinds of tropical plants and have butterflies flit around you and occasionally land on you. The grounds are pretty for events too.

Thank Stuffylou
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2015

If you're visiting the Indy Zoo, you have to make time to explore the White River Gardens. This lush oasis is such a lovely place to spend an hour or two. Their themed gardens are so well-kept! My favorite is the Sunken Garden, since you don't see many of those anymore. Be sure to check out the gift shop for... More 

Thank breezyg03

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