White River Gardens

​Escape to the botanical beauty of White River Gardens. The stunning scenery of this 3-acre attraction, which includes the indoor Hilbert Conservatory as well as the outdoor DeHaan Tiergarten, will transport you far away from the urban cityscape of downtown Indianapolis to a lush, natural oasis.

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks​ presented by Citizens Energy Group and Indiana Members Credit Union

May 21-Sept. 5 • 9am-6pm

Connect with the wild world in a unique way this summer with Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks presented by Citizens Energy Group and Indiana Members Credit Union.

This incredible temporary exhibit will feature 12 animal sculptures constructed by artist Sean Kenney using tens of thousands of LEGO® bricks. The sculptures are set throughout our stunning outdoor gardens, and will help connect our community with animal conservation. Plus, you can try your hand at making your own conservation-inspired creation using LEGO® bricks inside the Family Nature Center.

This temporary exhibit, which continues through Labor Day, is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Save time and money on your visit by purchasing advance tickets online.

Hilbert Conservatory

The Hilbert Conservatory is the shining centerpiece of White River Gardens. Named in honor of Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert, the towering glass enclosure is climate controlled and hosts multiple seasonal shows each year. Offering 5,000 square feet of lush, tropical greenery, the Conservatory is a great place to come and relax as you take in the warm, tranquil atmosphere. The 65-foot ceilings flood the space with light, and the mezzanine level provides a bird's eye view of the glorious indoor gardens below. With its gleaming shape visible in the night sky, the Conservatory is an architectural complement to the downtown skyline. Inside the Conservatory, look for the exotic palm trees and flowering plantscapes throughout a warm tropical environment.

DeHaan Tiergarten

The outside gardens in their entirety are named for the DeHaan Family Foundation. The word Tiergarten, meaning "animal park," was chosen to honor the DeHaan family's origins as well as the relationship of the Gardens to the rest of the Indianapolis Zoo.

The variety of plants and garden designs changes seasonally, including the spectacular spring tulip showcase featuring hundreds of tulips that fill our garden beds with vibrant colors each year! As you wander through White River Gardens, look around to discover some whimsical surprises hidden amongst the many plants and flowers. Plus you can find inspiration on how to grow this beautiful greenery in your own backyard.

As you walk out the doors from the Hilbert Conservatory, you'll discover several distinctive areas within the outdoor gardens. Each one is beautiful in its own way while offering a different perspective of garden design.