Dolphin Shows & Programs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Dolphin In-Water Adventure ​

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to step into the world of our dolphins!  This 90-minute Dolphin In-Water Adventure program includes:

  • A backstage classroom session about dolphin characteristics, adaptations and training.

  • More than 30 minutes of poolside/in-water time with our trainers and dolphins where in-water participants will get a sampling of the different activities the Zoo’s trainers carry out each day – feeding a dolphin, signaling the dolphin to carry out a behavior, and lots of up-close, hands-on interactions. 

  • Along with memories for a lifetime, participants will receive a souvenir towel and a digital photograph of themselves with a dolphin! [more…]

Please note: This is a wade-in program and no swimming is involved. Each session includes up to eight participants.

Requirements for Participation

  • All participants must be at least 4 feet, 6 inches (54 inches) tall.

  • Participants who meet the height requirement and are between the ages of 6 and 13 must be accompanied by a paid  adult either in the water or as an observer.

  • Observers must be at least 6 years old. Paid observers between the ages of 6 and 13 must be accompanied by a paid adult observer with a ratio of one adult per child.

  • Observers cannot register separately; they must be associated with a participant.

  • Observers experience the classroom session and are able to watch their participant from an area near the in-water activity. Only paid observers will be able to view the interaction.

  • To insure the health and safety of our guests and dolphins, those who are pregnant may only observe.

On the date of their program, guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to fill out paperwork in the Hix Institute, located directly to the right of the Zoo admission gates.


Participant: Zoo Member $205; Non-Member $225 includes zoo admission

Observer: Zoo Member $30; Non-Member $40 includes zoo admission

Payment in full is required at time of registration. Pricing is subject to change. There will be no refunds unless the Indianapolis Zoo has to cancel the program and guests cannot reschedule.  Please note that registration closes 14 days before the event date.  To find available dates and times, click below. 

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Dolphin Art Adventure​

Not only are dolphins amongst the world's most intelligent animals, they are fantastic painters as well!  A Dolphin Art Adventure takes participants behind the scenes where you will meet a dolphin up close and learn about some of the things that make this dolphin unique in our pod. The fantastic artwork the dolphin creates will be yours to take home!​​​​​

Dolphin Adventure Shows 

Current Show Hours: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm

Discover the strength, intelligence and charisma of the Indianapolis Zoo dolphins in our daily Dolphin Adventure Shows! During this 20-minute experience, you’ll get to know our dolphins and see them show off some of their incredible natural abilities. Shows are included with regular Zoo admission. [more…]

When you arrive at the Zoo, check in at the admission window to pick up tickets to the next show. When purchasing Zoo admission tickets in advance online, be sure to reserve your Dolphin Show tickets during checkout. Shows can fill up during the summer season, so arrive early to grab a good seat in the Marsh Dolphin Theater!

Please Note: Strollers are not allowed inside the Marsh Dolphin Theater and can be parked outside in a special area. For your convenience, Zoo strollers are available for rent during for your visit. [close]

​Junior Dolphin Trainer

Lots of young people dream of someday becoming a dolphin trainer. The Junior Dolphin Trainer program presented by Dippin' Dots offers an up-close encounter for the little marine mammal lover in the family. [more…] 

Purchase your Junior Dolphin Trainer ticket at the admissions window when you arrive at the Zoo and you will be assigned a dolphin show to attend. Plus all Junior Dolphin Trainers receive a special badge.

Each junior trainer will be met inside the Marsh Dolphin Adventure Theatre and escorted to reserved seating in the first row of the west side of the theatre. When it's time, the marine mammal trainers will bring up their junior counterparts to help them cue the dolphins by hand! After the experience, the junior trainers will receive a collectors card with information on the dolphin they "trained," which will fit inside the badge holder as a souvenir. This program is only $10.00 per junior trainer (the rest of the party will not need special tickets to get into the show) and is for children age 5 and up. [close]​