What's included with my admission price?
Your admission includes full access to the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. This includes our keepers chats, demonstrations and presentations, like the daily Dolphin Adventure Presentation (requires a free ticket that you can get at the gate). [more…]
You can also enjoy the Kroger Splash Park and Family Fitness Park. Any public, non-fundraising events held at the Zoo, like Zoopolis 500, summer concerts, ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo, are also included. Not included with your admission would be things like animal feedings, rides and Zooper Challenge™ but can be added by purchasing the Total Advantage Package. Concessions and admission to fundraising events like Zoobilation are also not included with general admission.[close]
What does my admission fee pay for?
The Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the United States to receive no direct annual tax supported revenue. We rely on several sources of income and funds to support our renowned animal conservation mission, such as revenue from admissions, memberships, donations, grants, and fundraising events. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, be assured that your money is going to support a great cause!
Where and what is White River Gardens?
White River Gardens is a botanic garden that is part of the Indianapolis Zoo and included with regular Zoo admission. It is located adjacent to the Zoo and shares the same entrance and parking lot. The Gardens features three acres of beautiful outdoor gardens as well as the Hilbert Conservatory to both enjoy and inspire gardeners with ideas.
When are special times the Zoo is closed?
The Zoo is closed the day of Zoobilation – our largest single-day fundraiser – which is always the second Friday in June. When the weather gets cooler, we reduce our hours but try to remain open as often as possible. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays Nov.-Feb. as well as for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. During the warmer months, the Zoo is open daily, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. More detailed information is located at Plan Your Visit.
I'm a member at another zoo. Do I get in for free?
While we cannot honor memberships with other zoos and attractions, we offer a $2 discount to members of other Association of Zoos and Aquarium accredited institutions for up to four (4) on-site, day-of ticket purchases per visit. Please present your valid membership ID when you purchase your tickets at the gate.
Can I bring a cooler/food and beverages into the Zoo?
For health and safety reasons, we do not allow coolers to be carried into the Zoo. We also don't allow food, or drinks with disposable lids and straws. You can carry in reusable water bottles and we do sell refillable cups that you can bring back and use multiple times for a small fee.