Rides and Attractions
Enhance your Zoo visit with fun rides and engaging attractions!

Rides and Attractions

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Animal Feeds

Feed Your Sense of Adventure!

During our animal feed experiences, you’ll be able to hand-feed several of our animals including a giraffe, a flamingo, a ray and more! 

*Feeds are available seasonally when weather permits.

Feed a Giraffe presented by Kroger

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!

*Times: See Daily Schedule

*Location: Plains

*Cost: $4 per ticket

Feed a Flamingo

Meet our flamingos up close and feed them one of their favorite foods, krill! Thanks to a gift from The Family of Dan and Rhonda Hall, we offer opportunities seasonally for guests to feed our flocks.

*Times: See Daily Schedule

*Location: Flights of Fancy

*Cost: $4 per ticket

Feed a Kangaroo

Hop on over to Kangaroo Crossing for a brand new experience you won’t want to miss! For the first time since opening in 2022, you’ll have the opportunity to hand-feed one of our marsupial mob.

*Times: See Daily Schedule

*Location: Kangaroo Crossing

*Cost: $4 per ticket

Feed a Budgie or Lorikeet

Make a new feathered friend in Flights of Fancy. In the Budgie Aviary, 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!

*Times: See Daily Schedule

*Location: Flights of Fancy

*Cost: $4 per ticket

*Special Experience: Explorer Pass includes two Budgie Feeds and one Lorikeet Feed

Plan Ahead for Your Visit

See what animal chats, feeds and rides will be available during your visit.

Enjoy a ride
Endangered Species Carousel

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. Open mid-March through December, weather permitting.

* 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.

Experience the Thrill
Kōmbo Family Coaster

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. 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. Open mid-March through October, weather permitting.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Guests must be at least 47 inches tall to ride.
  • Children under the age of 6 who meet the minimum height requirement must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Persons with limited mobility will need to transfer themselves from wheelchair/scooter to coaster car to ride.
  • Persons with heart disease or back injuries, those wearing a cast and women who are pregnant are not permitted to ride.
Get an amazing view

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. Open mid-March through October, weather permitting.

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

See the Zoo by train
White River Junction Train​

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.​


Race-A-Cheetah presented by the Tony Stewart Foundation

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. A portion of the proceeds from Race a Cheetah support the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa.

*Open from mid-March through October, weather dependent
*Times: Monday-Thursday: 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday: 10am-7pm
*Special Experience: Explorer Pass includes two Race-a-Cheetah experiences

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 misunderstood creatures found in the shallows.

*Open daily, year-round.


New! Explorer Pass offers a day of fun for one great price!

The Zoo’s new Explorer Pass lets you go wild with lots of fun and exciting adventures. The Explorer Pass is $15 for Members and $17 for nonmembers. Here’s what it includes:

  • Unlimited Rides
  • Two Race a Cheetah Experiences
  • Two Budgie Feeds
  • One Lorikeet Feed
  • One Photo Opportunity Experience (taken by guest as a selfie)
    • Times: noon & 2pm Daily
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