a Great Zoo Visit!
note that during warm weather, the animals are more active
in the mornings when it is cooler. May we suggest an early
start for your visit?
● Please Note: During the winter months, not all animals
will be on exhibit. The Plains Biome animals, for
example, do not go on exhibit until warm weather arrives.
advantage by reading the many signs and graphics that are posted
throughout the Zoo. They contain interesting and
educational information about our animals and plants and how you
can become part of the Zoo's animal conservation mission.
● If you arrive at the Zoo later in the day, you may wish
to go to the Plains Biome first to assure you have a chance
to see all the animals of the African Plains before they go
inside for the evening.
● Please keep in mind that the Zoo is very busy toward the
end of the school year (especially in the month of May) as
schools take their field trips to the Zoo during weekdays.
You may wish to plan for a weekend visit during this time.
● During really hot weather, the Zoo has misting stations
for visitors in the Forests and Plains Biomes, as well as
the Splash Park presented by Kroger play area with water
features for children. You may wish to bring a change of
clothes for the children; they will get wet! Please
take advantage of these opportunities to cool off!
● In order to find a good seat for the daily dolphin
shows, visitors need to pick up a ticket to a particular
dolphin show as they enter the admission gates. There
is no charge for the show - the ticket helps us insure that
our guests are able to attend the very popular shows.
● So that everyone may enjoy the show free from
distractions, visitors may not stand to view the show. When
sitting in the bleachers directly in front of the
performance pool, visitors should be prepared to get wet and
properly secure camera equipment and other items that may be
sensitive to water.
● The best time for food service is a half-hour before and
during the dolphin shows. The restaurants tend to become
crowded right after the performance.
Photo by Jackie Curts
for a Great Gardens Visit!
forget to bring a pencil and paper so you can takes notes on
the various plants you see at the Gardens. You can
take your list of favorites to the nursery!
Be sure to check out the “Gardens Notes” signage in the
Conservatory and outside gardens. These short, but
very valuable, pieces of information are constantly being
changed by our knowledgeable Gardens staff members, so you
can find new tips on every visit!
If you are interested in seeing the wildlife that comes to
the Gardens – such as songbirds, insects and small “furry”
creatures – your best chance for to catch them is in the
early morning or late afternoon.
We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes when visiting
the Gardens. Although it is densely packed into a
relatively small area (a total of 3.3 acres), White River
Gardens includes a lot of pathways if you walk them all.
As gardeners know, one of the fascinations of gardening is
the constant change. We will try our best to let
visitors know what flowers and plants are at their peak of
bloom by including this information on the web site.
Check back from time to time to see if your favorites are at