By dining at the Zoo, you’re supporting our conservation efforts by making choices that help contribute to a better future. From sourcing food farmed and harvested in ways that minimize the impact on the planet to using environmentally friendly cups and containers, we’re working to ensure our practices at the Zoo are as sustainable as possible. We’re also proud to feature some of the best Indiana has to offer through our collaborations with local partners like Red Gold, Blue Bunny, and Fischer Farms.
Here at the Zoo, we’re committed to doing our part to help visitors be stewards of the environment. Beverage items throughout the Zoo are available in recyclable aluminum bottles and aluminum cans, reducing single-use plastic. So far, we’ve eliminated over 280,000 plastic bottles from the landfill.
Aluminum is a highly durable material that is infinitely recyclable! In fact, nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Help keep the cycle going — look for recycling bins throughout the Zoo.
Located in the heart of the Zoo, Café on the Commons is our flagship restaurant. The Café is open year-round and serves fresh, healthy options such as fruit, salads with a variety of toppings, wraps, and healthier snacks and drinks. The Café has indoor and outdoor seating and is open during regular Zoo hours.
During warmer months, experience unique cuisine at the Zoo’s Pavilion Café located at the Bicentennial Pavilion. New menu items like a brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, smoke stack tacos, food truck fries, fried pickles, and much more mean there’s something for everyone. Local craft beer, domestic beer, and wine are also available.
Located next to Kangaroo Crossing, the Crossing Café features hot dogs, gourmet burgers, gourmet treats, healthy meal options, and more. Open for walk-up service during the warmer months of the year, you’ll find everything you need for a quick lunchtime meal.
Located near the entrance/exit to Plains, the Westside Café presented by Red Gold is the perfect place to pick up a cool beverage or favorites like pizza, breadsticks, and other treats.
Need a refreshing frozen beverage to cool off on a hot day? Make your way over to this seasonal location in Encounters, where you’ll find fruity ICEEs plus other drinks and snacks.
During the summer, guests can pick up a quick treat at one of the many food carts located throughout Zoo grounds. These convenient food stops offer drinks, frozen treats, pretzels and other snacks. Featured carts offer favorites like Dippin’ Dots, Blue Bunny Ice Cream and other temptations.
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