Enjoy a Snack
We offer lots of
dining options with foods to fit all tastes. The best time to grab a bite is just before and during the
Dolphin Shows when the restaurants tend to be less crowded. You can also bring a lunch, and though visitors cannot carry food into the Zoo, we have picnic areas outside the Entry Plaza and along the Riverwalk behind
White River Gardens. Seating is first-come, first-served, and we suggest coming at off-peak times to easily find a seat.
School's in Session
We're fortunate to host lots of
school field trips with students eager to learn about animals and conservation. Weekdays in May and early June are our busiest times for school trips, so during that time of year weekends (especially Sundays) are a great time to beat the crowds.
Getting Around Town
During busy times of year, like Spring Break, end of the school year, ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo, 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.
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!
Stop and Smell the Roses
No matter what season, there's always something in bloom at
White River Gardens. Whether it's the indoor tropical paradise of the
Hilbert Conservatory or the outdoor beauty of the DeHaan Tiergarten, you won't want to miss everything White River Gardens has to offer. 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.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Many of our animals love Indiana's cold winters like our tigers, bears, walrus and more. But when the temperatures drop, some species prefer the comfort of their climate-controlled indoor facilities. The animals in
Plains and many of the birds in
Encounters will be back on exhibit when warm weather arrives.
It's a Sign
Take advantage of the signs sprinkled throughout the exhibits that contain interesting facts, educational info and tips to become part of our animal