Can we leave to eat lunch and then return?
Zoo admission is good for a full day, and you are welcome to go out of the Zoo to eat. Many of our guests simply leave food items in their vehicles to retrieve quickly at lunch time then return to the Zoo after they've eaten. You just need to get your hand stamped as you exit or save your receipt to re-enter when you're ready. We have multiple picnic areas in the Zoo's Entry Plaza where you can bring snacks or a lunch to enjoy. Picnic table seating is first-come, first-serve.
Do you rent strollers/wheelchairs/electric carts?
For a small fee, you can rent single strollers, double strollers and electric carts for the day. These items are available first-come,
first-serve, and we do not take reservations. The rental area is located just inside the gate. Find more information on rentals.
Are the Zoo and Gardens accessible to people with disabilities?
The Zoo is fully ADA accessible. Ramps are available at all our exhibits. Additionally, an elevator is located in White River Gardens near the steps to the Hulman Riverhouse that takes visitors up to the mezzanine level in the Hilbert Conservatory. Find more information about services for people with disabilities.
Are all animals on exhibit at all times?
On any given day, our keepers do their best to have as many of our animals out as possible. Animals are often rotated indoors and out as well as to different exhibit spaces throughout the day, so if you don't see your favorite animal out at a particular time, you might check back later in the day. [more ...]
However, there are reasons, like weather conditions, routine health checks or exhibit maintenance, that animals sometimes have to go off exhibit. The number of animals on exhibit is also subject to change based on the season. [close]
Can we bring our pet with us to the Zoo?
To ensure the health and safety of the Zoo's animals, only service animals are permitted on Zoo grounds.
I'm planning to stay overnight in Indianapolis. What hotels are nearby?
There are plenty of great hotels in the area. We partner with many area hotels to offer packages that include discounts on Zoo admission tickets. [more ...]
Depending on how long you plan to stay, we also offer a Family Fun Adventure Package that includes four tickets to the Zoo, four tickets to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and an overnight stay at a participating hotel — all at incredible discounted prices. [close]