Private Events
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Private Events

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We want to make your event a success in every way!

The Indianapolis Zoo offers an incredible atmosphere for your guests to dine with dolphins and pet sharks, plus wander gardens, among other unique experiences. Here are a few more perks to hosting an event at the Zoo:

  • One-of-a-kind event spaces accommodating groups of all sizes during day or evening hours.
  • Experienced and exclusive on-site cater to handle all of your food and beverage needs.
  • Special pricing on admission tickets, parking, ride and feed tickets.
  • Event enhancers, such as a private dolphin presentation or an animal encounter, exclusively for your guests.
  • You’re supporting the Zoo’s mission to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.
  • An opportunity to host a green event utilizing the Zoo’s outstanding efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. We are a proud member of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business initiative and a Green Power participant with Indianapolis Power & Light Company.
Add an extra touch to your event with one or more of these event enhancers!
  • Private Dolphin Presentation

    Your guests will love having a private 20-minute dolphin presentation just for your group. Available after the Zoo closes to the public. Seats up to 1,350 people.

  • Animal Encounters

    Add an animal encounter to your event. Ask about options and availability with your Zoo Sales Representative.

  • Animal Painting

    A truly one-of-a-kind piece of artwork can be completed in advance by one of our animal artists in the colors of your choice. Makes a great incentive or raffle item.

  • Ride & Feed Tickets

    Seasonally, one ticket is required to feed the birds, flamingos or a giraffe presented by Meijer. Tickets are also valid for any of the Zoo rides, including the Train, Carousel, Kombo Coaster and Skyline. Ride and feed packages are pre-paid and non-refundable.

Notes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience

Items to avoid to protect our animals and plants: no balloons, open-flame candles, glitter, confetti, live animals, stickers or noisemakers are permitted at any event.

Giveaway items are subject to approval at least one week in advance.

To ensure that everything is in its right place, setup and tear-down is allowed for 1-2 hours before and after each facility rental, depending on availability and type of event.

Please remember that terms, available dates and prices are subject to change.

Admission tickets are required for all facilities during regular Zoo hours, except for events located at the Hulman Riverhouse and Polly H. Hix Institute for Research and Conservation.

To ensure the health of our guests, animals and staff, the entire Zoo grounds are non-smoking. This includes e-cigarettes.

Additional opportunities may be available for your group. Please contact your Zoo Sales Representative or call 317-630-2051. discuss other options. All event enhancers are subject to animal and keeper availability.

Vendors

Fresh flavors, local ingredients, healthy options – those principles earned the Zoo, through exclusive caterer Centerplate, the United States Healthful Food Council’s REAL Certification. The Indianapolis Zoo was the first Indiana restaurant and is the first zoo in the nation to receive the REAL Certification, which stands for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership! Centerplate takes great pride in creating the perfect menu for your event. Start making plans for your event by calling 317-488-5555.

Markey’s is our recommended comprehensive audiovisual provider. Familiar with the Zoo, they offer a full line of audio, video, lighting and technical support for indoor and outdoor events. Please contact Markey’s for details at 317-780-3945.

Enhance your visit with art created especially for you by Kaman’s Art Shoppes, Inc., the Zoo’s official art concessionaire. Kaman’s talented staff offers photography, face painting, caricatures, temporary tattoos and Handimals animal paintings from handprints. Learn the options available for your group at 803-554-4203.


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