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Active Animals

Our animals are generally more active when the temperatures are moderate, which makes spring an ideal time for a visit. During warmer months, get an early start and visit in the cooler mornings to give you the best chance of seeing animals when they’re most active. If you arrive later in the day, start at the Plains exhibit to assure you have a chance to see all the animals before they go inside for the evening.

Be Comfortable

Check the day’s weather forecast before you arrive and dress appropriately. Come with a jacket for the cooler morning that you can peel off as the day warms up. And comfortable shoes are a must! With 64 acres at the Zoo and an additional 3 acres at White River Gardens, you’ll be on your feet most of the day.

Have a Chat

If you want to learn more about our animals, check out our daily Animal Chats. Sessions change seasonally, so as you enter, hold onto the schedule you receive along with your Zoo Map.

Indoor Exhibits

If spring showers are in the forecast on the day you plan to visit, you can still stay dry and see amazing animals in our many indoor exhibits! Visitors can go 17 feet underwater in the Dolphin Dome and catch computer learning demonstrations in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Penguins, cownose rays, reef fish and more are always on the move in Oceans. Plus, it always feels like summer in Deserts.

Beautiful Butterflies

Surround yourself with the beauty of butterflies as Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group returns to the Hilbert Conservatory! Included with your regular Zoo admission, this incredible exhibit immerses you in a warm, aromatic indoor garden, where more than 30 species of butterflies and moths free float around you.

Go to the Dolphin Presentation

The daily Dolphin Presentations are one of our most popular features! Presentations are included with regular admission, but seating is limited in the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion, so pick up your free passes when you arrive. If you sit in the Splash Zone, you will get wet so tuck away your smart phone or camera.


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