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: 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 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 

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.

Click on 'Sign Up Today!" to make a reservation for your field trip. To log in you will use your main school phone number and school zip code.

If you experience any problems registering please email us at

​Sign Up Today!

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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 contact Miranda Kessler at or at 317-275-5606.

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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