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Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis

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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. Our Indianapolis itinerary maker makes visiting Indianapolis Zoo and other Indianapolis attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I went here with my husband and daughter. Don't spend your money on the train ride. Not much to see! The penguins and sea otters were my favorites. Make sure to use your brochure to keep up on times f...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Nice zoo. The dolphin experience in itself is something. The tank has underwater viewing where the dolphins can swim above you. And seeing them interact with there keepers was quite moving. The orangu...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We always enjoy the Indy zoo, but it has been several years since we last visited. The new orangutan exhibit is fantastic, and the little extras like feeding birds, taking the train ride, or feeding g...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Great Zoo! Awesome opportunities to see animals. The dolphin show is very worthwhile. The Zoo is easy to get around with strollers, wheelchairs, etc. For the most part, the animals are easy to see in their exhibits, so you will not be disappointed. Moreover the grounds are beautiful to walk through – they have lots of flowers and plants and things. The ocean exhibit is another one you won't want to miss – lots of very cool fish to see. Overall, very friendly staff, fun and worthwhile! 5- stars!
  • June 16, 2017
    I did enjoy my time at the Indianapolis Zoo. It may not be the largest Zoo in the area or even the nicest but it is a great place to hang out and have fun with the family. It's very baby friendly and has a great way to display the animals. None of which look miserable and ill cared for. The staff truly loves the animals here and it shows. I've enjoyed it on multiple occasions. It has a great Dolphin show and a new Orangutan exhibit!
  • July 2, 2017
    This place was a ton of fun! It was clean, there were employees of the zoo near certain exhibits telling stories about particular animal species. Definitely a family friendly place! It seemed very accessible for everyone. There are ways that someone of any ability could see all the exhibits. There is a great variety of animals!
  • May 26, 2017
    First time at Indy Zoo and it was pretty nice. A few more animals than the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. We loved the wild birds that flew over us while we were there . The best part was the Walrus, dolphins and the Orangutans. We got to the zoo at 2pm and was done by 4pm that's because we didn't go on any rides so if anyone plans on going there it will be about 3 hours to go through the whole zoo unless you plan to ride the rides. It's a very well kept zoo and the animals look very cared for they look happy. Overall it was a good experience even though it was a little pricey we still enjoyed it for sure coming back sometimes in the future.
  • July 4, 2017
    We had a great day at the zoo. It always amazes me how quickly the parking lot fills up. The butterfly exhibit was magical and the gardens were beautiful. The zoo was clean in appearance and the staff was friendly. It looks like the construction is done for the most part and the Zoo exit is quite fascinating with the towers and large fireplace. That area could make some nice photoshoots.

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With limited public transportation in the city, those traveling without a car should consider the location of their accommodations carefully. To stay within walking distance of Indianapolis’ best restaurants and bars, look for a hotel or apartment rental in the arty Mass Ave or Broad Ripple neighborhoods. Downtown lodgings are often more expensive, but provide easy access to Indy’s best-known attractions for those on vacation. Bed and breakfasts in the city’s residential areas provide a healthy dose of Midwestern charm.
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