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Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis

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#1 of 164 in Parks in Indiana
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.
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  • We went in February and it was still awesome. We got there just in time to see the dolphin show - amazing. Also, make sure you check out the orangutan exhibit. I've never been face-to-face with an ora...  more »
  • Our family just fell in love with this zoo it offers so much for everyone .we went to the Christmas with Santa and the lights. And then to top all that fun the shows and food the train and the animals...  more »
  • This is a great zoo that is fun for the whole family! Friendly staff, wonderful areas for the animals and so much to see and do!  more »
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  • This zoo is fantastic! We tried going without a membership, but found that we missed going too much. It’s clean, and well-maintained. Our kids love going there. We appreciate that it’s open year-round. We enjoy the special holiday activities. They keep trying to improve it different exhibits, etc. (We miss the polar bear, though.) Don’t miss the dolphin show! Sit in the splash zone - especially on a hot Summer day. The desert exhibit is especially nice on cold days. We think the orangutans are the highlight - especially with the new babies. Unfortunately, it seems rare that all the rides are operational/open at the same time. The cheetah race never seems to be open. We miss the 4D movie, although we’re looking forward to a new exhibit. All in all, it’s well worth the money, and we wholeheartedly recommend a membership.
  • This zoo is smaller than the Chicago area zoos that I am used to but it is packed full with wonderful delights. A parakeet house where you can feed them and they land right on you. A beautiful butterfly house with lovely outdoor gardens. A delightful dolphin show and so much more. I highly recommend a visit.
  • Love being able to have a local zoo, and even though there are multiple events held at the Indianapolis Zoo throughout the year, it would be great if there were more animal attractions. It's hard to justify an annual membership when you can easily see all the animals in a short two to three hour visit. This combined with the somewhat pricey tickets are slightly offsetting. The location is perfect, and the animal attractions that the Indy Zoo does have are great, but expanding the overall footprint and animal offerings would be a great way to make this awesome zoo even better.
  • We have only been to the Indy Zoo in early spronf, but have still enjoyed our whole experience. The parts of the zoo that are open in cold weather are still great. All the aquarium and ocean sections are awesome, especially the dolphin aquarium and show! The newer orangutan habitat/exhibit are fun and educational. They are constantly developing and expanding new parts of the zoo and we are planning to come back during the peak/summer season!
  • Extraordinary zoo full of animal and botanical life! We love the gorgeous walkways through the zoo, the dolphin show, the train, and the dog show. The orangutan exhibit is absolutely amazing! The zoo hosts great events around Halloween and during the holidays. Before you go, buy tickets online - it's much cheaper! Still pretty pricey even with online pricing, so check their day-by-day pricing to find the best deals.
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