Hints for a Great Summertime Visit

​ ​​​​Active Ani​mals

Our animals are generally more active when the temperatures are moderate. During warmer months, getting an early start and visiting in the mornings when it is cooler will give you the best chance of seeing animals when they're most active. If you happen to arrive later in the day, start at the African Plains exhibit to assure you have a chance to see all the animals before they go inside for the evening. ​

Just Look Up for Magnificent Macaws

The skies will be filled with cascades of color during our new Magnificent Macaws bird presentation. Flocks of these big, brightly colored birds will fly from destinations across the Zoo — in open air above our guests — to our new Bicentennial Pavilion for daily public presentations. It will be unlike anything else you've ever seen! You can watch their in-air artistry in action, then see them up close at the new permanent exhibit located in Forests between the Alaskan brown bears and Amur tigers.

Magnificent Macaw presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers is included with regular Zoo admission and free for Zoo Members. It's going to be a soaring summer with these Magnificent Macaws!​

Make a Splash

During the hot summer months, cool off at the misting stations in the Forests and Plains exhibits. We also feature a very kid-friendly Splash Park presented by Kroger. You may wish to bring a change of clothes for the kids; they will get wet!​

Have a Chat

If you want to learn more about our animals, check out our daily Animal Keeper Chats. Sessions change seasonally, so as you enter, hold onto the schedule you receive along with your Zoo Map.

Indoor Exhibits

If showers are in the forecast on the day you plan to visit, no worries! Our Zoo has multiple indoor exhibits for you to see amazing animals! 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.​

Be Comfortable

Check the day's weather forecast before you arrive and dress appropriately. We recommend dressing in layers — come with a jacket for the cooler morning that you can peel off as the day warms up. And comfortable shoes are a must! With 64 acres at the Zoo and an additional 3 acres at White River Gardens , you'll be on your feet most of the day.

Enjoy the Total Adventure

If you plan on enhancing your Zoo visit with thrilling rides and close interactions, consider purchasing the Total Adventure Package. With TAP, enjoy all-inclusive rides, giraffe and bird feeds experiences for a low-price instead of buying tickets for each activity.

Go to the Dolphin Presentation

The daily Dolphin Presentations  are one of our most popular features and they're included free with regular Zoo admission. However, seating in the Dolphin Pavilion is limited, so if you want to pick the presentation you attend, get your tickets as soon as you come through the gate! And if you choose to sit in the Splash Zone, be prepared to get wet by tucking away your smart phone or camera.

Beautiful Butterflies

Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies with Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group in the Hilbert Conservatory! As you walk through the warm, aromatic indoor garden, more than 40 species of butterflies will flit nearby — and one might even land on you! If you want to see these beautiful critters take their first flight, plan on coming to a scheduled release at the emergence chamber located at the center of the Conservatory.

Stop and Smell the Roses

There's always something in bloom at White River Gardens. In the spring season, DeHaan Tiergarten showcases hundreds of tulips that fill our outdoor garden beds with vibrant colors each year! Plus, admission is included with regular Zoo admission! The Gardens are here to inspire! So if you're a gardening guru, we suggest bringing a notepad (or smart phone) to jot down any tips you collect from our Gardener's Notes signs or favorite plants you find.

Getting Around Town

During busy times of year, like end of the school year, having an alternate driving route will help you avoid traffic.  You may come to the Zoo from White River Parkway West Drive which offers a scenic view of the city. The Zoo is also along Indianapolis' Cultural Trail and we have bike racks if you bicycle to the Zoo.  Or you may consider walking through White River State Park on your next Zoo visit.

Plan to Save

For guests who want to save money, a springtime visit can be just what you're looking for. Usually in the spring, crowds are lighter than they would be in the summertime, so admission prices will be lower, especially when you purchase advance tickets on line. Plus, guests can enjoy more personal animal interactions and see species that might be as active during the summer months.​