Rides, Chats & Entertainment

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Discover more than you knew about your favorite Zoo critters during our animal keeper chats and presentations. ​​These engaging and educational sessions are included with your regular Zoo admission. Availability varies by season, so view our current schedule online or ask for a schedule at the Entry Plaza.

Additionally, we offer lots of other fun opportunities to enhance your Zoo visit.

​Entertainment & Feeds​

Operation varies by day based on weather conditions and Zoo attendance. Please call 317-630-2001 with any questions.​

Tickets: Single ticket $3​; 10-ticket package $25​, Zoo members receive $1 discount on package.
Total Adventure Package: $10 for members, $12 for non-members [more ...]

Upgrade your next Zoo Adventure with the Total Adventure Package (TAP). This all-inclusive, rides and feeding experience is available in the spring through the fall and allows you to enjoy everything the Zoo has to offer. TAP into a full day of unlimited rides, giraffe and bird feeds​.


  • Ride tickets valid for one year from purchase date.

  • All activities are animal and weather dependent.

  • Riders should be in good health and free from any medical conditions that could be aggravated by the rides.

  • Seating on certain rides may prohibit guests of certain body shapes or sizes from riding.

  • Rides may have height and weight requirements; check with attendants for more information.

  • Food and beverages must be finished prior to boarding any rides.

  • People with limited mobility should look for accessibility options at the rides.

  • For the safety of our guests, rides may be closed at any point for weather. [close]

​Endangered Species Carousel: Closed for the season

The Carousel features many different hand-carved animals, such as seahorses, penguins, seals, elephants, rhinos, dolphins, lions, and many others! This charming ride is always a favorite of our younger guests. The Carousel is wheelchair accessible.

* Please Note: Children under age 3 must be accompanied by an adult. For safety reasons, one adult without a ticket may stand with a paid child. [close]

Feed a Budgie or Lorikeet: Closed for the season

​Enjoy an animal close encounter with one of the feathered friends in Flights of Fancy. In the Budgie Aviary, just give your seed stick a shake and one may even land on your hand, arm or shoulder to have a nibble of seed. In the Lory/Lorikeet Aviary, you can catch a glimpse of these birds' brush-tipped tongues as they drink nectar right from your hand! Daily from 11am-3pm.  [close]

Feed a Giraffe presented by Meijer: Closed for the season

​​The main platform at the Giraffe Exhibit in Plains not only offers the best views of our reticulated giraffe herd but also you'll have the opportunity to hand-feed one of these gorgeous creatures! The first time you see these gentle giants up close will be a moment you'll never forget! Feeds are at 11am and 1pm daily (September only). [close]

Kōmbo Family Coaster: Closed for the season

Featuring 13 two-seater cars individually themed as safari jeeps, the Kōmbo Coaster delivers just the right heights, speeds, twists and turns for the whole family to enjoy. Available from mid-March through October, the coaster reaches a top speed of 21mph over a 656-foot-long track with a maximum height of 24 feet. Kōmbo is a gift from Scott Jones and his sons Benjamin, Andrew and Daniel through the Scott A. Jones Foundation. 

* Please Note: Riders must be at least 38 inches tall. Children 38-47 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult. Persons with limited mobility will need to transfer themselves from wheelchair/scooter to coaster car to ride. [close]

Race-A-Cheetah presented by the Tony Stewart Foundation: Closed for the season

Think you can outrun a cheetah? Here's your chance to find out! Presented by the Tony Stewart Foundation, this interactive activity in the Plains Exhibit allows for a close-up view of cheetahs and is fun for the whole family. All proceeds go to helping the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which helps to preserve the cheetah species in Africa. Attraction is open from March through October, weather dependent. [close]

Skyline: Closed for the season

This slow-moving, gondola-style ride offers incredible views of the Zoo, especially the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and downtown Indianapolis. The Skyline reaches heights of up to 50 feet in the air. The 8-minute ride will give you a new perspective of how orangutans view the world, and you might even see one swinging nearby on the Myrta Pulliam Hutan Trail! Each ride car is ADA accessible and seats a maximum of four people. ​

* Please Note: Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. [close]

White River Junction Train​ presented by Damar Services: Closed for the season

Climb aboard the White River Junction Train Ride for a tour of the "Zoo behind the Zoo." Riders will enjoy a 10-minute narrated journey and learn about our Plains animals, greenhouse, gardens, the Zoo's 15,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, maintenance and commissary departments and other behind-the-scenes operations necessary to run the Zoo. Available mid-March through December, riders will also learn about the Zoo's animal conservation mission. 

* Please Note: Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.​ [close]


Shark Touch Pool

As you go through the Oceans exhibit, don't miss the highlight of this experience — the Firestone Gallery featuring the nation's largest shark touch pool. A school of smooth dogfish sharks provides a wonderful opportunity for guests of all ages to have a personal encounter with these mythic and misunderstood creatures of the deep. [close]​

Playground presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent​

Located in front of Café on the Commons near the center of the Zoo, this playground feature s play items, including a slide and climbing areas, that are fun for all children and is fully accessible for those with disabilities. Donated by the Indianapolis Medical Society Foundation, this area also features a rubberized surface accessible for wheelchairs. Open year-round, weather permitting. [close]

Tots Treehouse & Play Area

Tucked away in the Flights of Fancy area behind the 4-D Theater, here you'll find lots of whimsical features that are great for a romp! Little ones age 0-5 can have hours of fun climbing, jumping and swinging on this oversized equipment. The playground is fully accessible for children with disabilities and includes a unique rubberized walking surface to protect your kids. Open year-round, weather permitting. [close]