Field Trips

​​​​​​​​​​​Field trip rates are available for school groups visiting the Zoo between Aug. 15 and June 15. ​​​​​School groups must make a reservation at least two weeks before coming to the Zoo. ​A separate reservation is required for each visit. ​To qualify for the school field trip rate, groups must have at least 15 people and must be part of a school that is currently in session. The field trip rate does not apply to weekend visits, daycares, summer daycare for school-aged children, or summer camps. 

Please keep in mind that Spring is our busiest season. Thursday and Friday dates are the most requested days at this time of the year and may sell out. For smaller crowd sizes please consider visiting earlier in the week or in the fall or winter.

2016-2017 Field Trip Costs

​Students Admission​​


​Students Admission with 4-D Theater​


​Package Deal

​Adult chaperone Admission


​Adult chaperone Admission with 4-D Theater


​Package Deal

​Teaching staff (including bus drivers)


​Bus parking on visit date


​All other Vehicles


Education Package Tickets include 4-D Theater tickets for Great Escapes: A 4-D Experience®​​​​ [more...]

​It is the greatest gathering of ocean predators on the planet. Dolphins, sharks, whales and seals converge to feast along the breathtaking South African coast in one of nature’s most amazing events. Coastal Predators: A 4-D Experience® is an astonishing underwater Armageddon. Each year billions of sardines are pushed into the shallows as the ocean’s most incredible animals forego natural instincts towards each other to come together for a common quest. Without the annual sardine run, the lives of the animals caught up in the drama hang in the balance. Stunning visuals and high octane action with 4-D effects bring this great spectacle to life as you dive into this feeding frenzy of epic proportions.

The education package tickets include an admission ticket plus a discounted ticket for the 4-D Theater. The 4-D Theater can accommodate up to 50 guests in each show (less than 50 seats will be available in a show if some tickets have already been sold), and each show is scheduled of the half hour from 10am-2pm. Please plan to arrive at the theater 10 minutes before your show time. If your group has over 50 people, then you must schedule your trip in groups. For each group, you will select the same date/time for the admission tickets, for the 4-D Theater select a different time slot, add up to 50 people, click add to cart, and then click Continue Shopping. Repeat the process until you have your entire group booked. 

The 9am time on the Education Field Trip tickets is the opening time of the Indianapolis Zoo, and is not the time you must arrive. You must select and register for specific times for your 4-D Theater show. [close]

How to Register 

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will open on Aug. 1

No payment is required to make a reservation but online reservations are required to hold your spot. Your payment will be collected when you arrive at the zoo.

If you experience any problems registering please email us at

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Important Field Trip Information

Best Times to Visit

Spring is always our busiest season. Thursday and Friday dates are the most requested days at this time of the year and frequently sell out. For smaller crowd sizes in the spring please consider visiting earlier in the week. Or consider a visit in the fall or winter - fall is a great time to visit the zoo!

What to Do at The Zoo 

Explore the Zoo and White River Gardens with your school group to learn more about plants and animals from around the world. Exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo highlight various habitats, including Plains, Deserts, Forests, Oceans and the new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. You can also explore a variety of plants in the Hilbert Conservatory and outdoor gardens.

Be sure to check out a dolphin presentation, included with Zoo admission, which runs daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm (additional times may be available on the day of your trip.) Tickets are required for dolphin presentations and are issued first come first serve at the admissions windows. The doors open 30 minutes prior to the presentation and will close five minutes before the presentation starts.

In the Oceans exhibit, your students will have the opportunity to touch smooth dog sharks. Please share these shark petting rules with your students and chaperones prior to your field trip:

• Touch the sharks on the side only, using two fingers.
• Do not grab the shark’s fins.
• Splashing scares the sharks.

Chaperone Requirements 

The Indianapolis Zoo requires one adult at least 19 years of age to accompany every 10 students. Adult chaperones, including school staff, are expected to accompany students (through Grade 12) at all times. An adult must accompany students in the restrooms and the gift shops. Security staff will escort undisciplined or un-chaperoned groups from the Zoo. Include your chaperons in planning and conducting the field trip.


You may bring lunches to the Zoo, however, for the safety of our animals, food may not be carried into the Zoo. Groups can eat lunch in the picnic areas available near the bus parking or along the river behind White River Gardens. Please check with Guest Services for additional picnic areas. The Zoo is not able to store or refrigerate lunches.​

Arrangements for box lunches may be made through the Zoo’s exclusive caterer, Centerplate Catering. For prices, menu selections, or to order, please click here or call 317-488-5548.

What to Wear

Show us your school pride! To help keep track of your class, students and adult chaperones should wear adhesive nametags, or hats or T-shirts with your school name or logo on them. Nametags featuring pins or strings are not allowed on Zoo grounds as they can be hazardous to our animals. 

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