Field Trips

​​​​​​​​​​​​​School groups must make a reservation at least two weeks before coming to the Zoo. ​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 daycares, weekend visits, summer daycare for school-aged children, or summer camps. 

2014 Field Trip Costs

​Students Admission​​


​Students Admission with 4-D Theatre​


​Package Deal

​Adult chaperone Admission


​Adult chaperone Admission with 4-D Theatre​


​Package Deal

​Teaching staff (including bus drivers)


​Bus parking on visit date


​All other Vehicles


Education Package Tickets include 4-D Theatre tickets for Great Escapes: Life in 4-D​​​​ [more...]

​Life is full of stories, from small moments to big feats. In this brand-new 4-D experience, Great Escapes: Life in 4-D takes a never-before-seen look at the ingenious tactics animals have developed to survive and thrive in a danger-filled world. From the award-winning makers of Planet Earth, Great Escapes: Life in 4-D captures unprecedented, jaw-dropping sequences in digital 3D with added special effects that brings you right into the middle of the action. Run along with the Sengi, free fall with a Pebble toad and outrun African wild dogs. This 12-minute 4-D experience is packed with excitement, revelation and entertainment.

The education package tickets include an admission ticket plus a discounted ticket for the 4-D Theatre. The 4-D Theatre 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 Theatre 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 

If you haven't registered with us before and you don’t have an account or are unsure if you do, please send an e-mail to​ with the following information:

  • School Name

  • School Address​​

  • Teacher Name

  • Teacher E-mail​

​Please note that you cannot create an account for yourself through the website. You must e-mail us with the information above and we will create your new account. April and May are our busiest months for field trips. During this time we appreciate your patience as new account requests may take 2-3 business days to process. ​

If you believe you already have an account but cannot remember your password, click on 'sign up today' and use the “forgot password” link to have a password reminder e-mailed to you. 

Once you have a username and password, please click on 'sign up today' to make your reservation. A few reminders:

  • Your username is your e-mail address

  • You do not need a group sales code. Please leave this field blank. 

  • You will​ not need to enter any payment to reserve your date, you will pay for your tickets upon arrival.


​Sign Up Today!

​ For registration assistance or to learn more please email us at or call (317) 630-2000 between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.

Back to top​

Important Field Trip Information

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. [more…] 

Exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo highlight various habitats, including plains, deserts, forests and oceans. You can also explore a variety of plants in the Hilbert Conservatory and outdoor gardens. Be sure to check out a dolphin show, included with Zoo admission, which runs daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Tickets are required for dolphin shows and are issued at the admissions windows. The doors open 30 minutes prior to the show and will close five minutes before the show 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.[close]

​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 call (317) 488-5555.

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. 

Back to top​