a Great Visit!
Especially during warmer months, the animals are more active in
the mornings when it is cooler. We suggest an early start for
Check the day's weather forecast before you arrive and dress
appropriately. We recommend dressing in layers — come with a
jacket for the cooler morning that you can peel off as the day
warms up. And comfortable shoes are a must! With 65 acres at the
Zoo and an additional 3 acres at
White River Gardens, you'll be on your feet
most of the day.
If you arrive at the Zoo later in the day, you may wish
to go to the
Plains exhibit first to assure you have a chance
to see all the animals of the African Plains before they go
inside for the evening.
to the Dolphin Show
Dolphin Shows are one of our most popular
features and they're included free with regular Zoo admission.
However, seating in the Marsh Dolphin Theater is limited, so if
you want to pick the show you attend, get your tickets as soon
as you come through the gate! And if you choose to sit in the
Splash Zone, be prepared to get wet by tucking away your smart
phone or camera.
If you want to learn more about our animals, check out our daily
Animal Keeper Chats. Sessions change
seasonally, so as you enter, hold onto the schedule you receive
along with your Zoo Map.
We offer lots of
dining option with foods to fit all tastes. The best time
to grab a bite is just before and
Dolphin Shows. You can also bring a lunch,
and though visitors cannot carry food into the Zoo, we have
picnic areas outside the Entry Plaza and along the Riverwalk
White River Gardens. Seating is first-come,
first-served, and we suggest coming at off-peak times to easily
find a seat.
School's in Session
We're fortunate to host lots of
school field trips with students eager to
learn about animals and conservation. Weekdays in May and early
June are our busiest times for school trips, so during that time
of year weekends (especially Sundays) are a great time to beat
Getting Around Town
During busy times of year, like Spring Break, end of the school
year, ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo, have an alternate
will help you avoid traffic. When westbound cars begin to
back up on Washington Street, we suggest approaching from the
west. White River Parkway West Drive also offers a scenic view.
During the hot summer months, cool off at the misting stations
in the Forests and Plains exhibits as well asat the
Splash Park presented by Kroger. You may
also wish to bring a change of clothes for the kids; they will
and Smell the Roses
No matter what season, there's always something in bloom at
White River Gardens. Whether it's the
indoor tropical paradise of the
Hilbert Conservatory or the outdoor beauty
DeHaan Tiergarten, you won't want to miss
everything White River Gardens has to offer. Plus, admission is
included with regular Zoo admission!
The Gardens are here to inspire! So if you're a gardening guru,
we suggest bringing a notepad (or smart phone) to jot down any
tips you collect from our Gardener's Notes signs or favorite
plants you find.
It's Cold Outside
Many of our animals love Indiana's cold winters (like our
tigers, bears, walrus and more). But when the temperatures drop,
some species prefer the comfort of their climate-controlled
indoor facilities. The animals in
Plains and many of the birds in
will be back on exhibit when warm weather arrives.
It's a Sign
of the signs sprinkled throughout the exhibits that
contain interesting facts, educational info and tips to become part of
animal conservation mission.
Photos by Shannon Gaughan-Kelly, Abbie Mingus
and Melanie Laurendine