Several species at the Zoo are perfectly at home in Indiana's cold winter weather. Guests can find lots of these animals in the Forests and Oceans areas, located near the front of the Zoo. Species like our California sea lions, Pacific walrus, Amur tigers, Alaskan brown bears, red pandas and many others come from colder climates and can even be more active in the winter than during the summer.
The Colors of Winter
Put some color into those gray winter days with a walk through Flights of Fancy. While most people wouldn't think of flamingos as "winter animals," these bright pink birds are perfectly well suited to colder weather. Although the flamingos will stay indoors if their exhibit is icy, guests can still visit them for most of the winter.
When Cheeks Get Rosy
Our indoor exhibits offer plenty of year-round animal activity as well as places to warm up in the winter. Visitors can go 17 feet underwater in the Dolphin Dome and catch computer learning demonstrations in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Penguins, cownose rays, reef fish and more are always on the move in Oceans. Plus, it always feels like summer in Deserts.
Go to the Dolphin Presentation
No matter what season it is, Dolphin Presentations are offered daily and included with regular admission. However, seating in the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion is limited, so pick up your free passes as you come through the gate to have the most options of presentation times.
It will feel like summer for guests who make the stroll over to the Hilbert Conservatory in White River Gardens. This tropical paradise is filled with lush greenery and beautiful blooms, making it the perfect retreat on a gloomy winter day. Plus, it's included with regular Zoo admission!
Grab a Bite
Although our dining carts and some smaller eateries are only open seasonally, Café on the Commons is open year-round and serves a variety of options including salads, sandwiches, soups and other healthy options.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Some animals prefer more moderate temperatures, like several of the species in Plains and Flights of Fancy. On cold or snowy days, these animals will remain inside their climate-controlled off-exhibit facilities. But guests can see them enjoying the outdoors on warmer winter days.
Plan to Save
For guests who want to save money, a wintertime visit can be just what you're looking for. Lighter crowds from January through mid-March mean that admission prices will be lower, especially when you purchase advance tickets online. Plus, guests can enjoy more personal animal interactions and see species that might be as active during the warmer months.