Opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo offers an array of exotic and domestic animals within its park. Consisting of different world regions and bioms including the forest, waters, deserts, plains, and the opportunity to touch and interact with animals inside the encounters biome.
Each of these are very unique and consist of their own specific breads. The forest biome involves animals such as kodiak bears, many bird types, tigers, lemurs and bald eagles. Waters include the under construction dolphin exhibit, sea lions, fish of many types and the amazing sea horse that is currently there. That was my favorite of the water.
In the desert biome you have many types of snakes, turtles and the likes. The plains was my overall favorite with lions, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, elephants and awesome rhinos.
Located in White River State Park, there is plenty to do even around the zoo area including the botanical gardens, but you could easily spend your entire day with the animals.
Rather small but the zoo does a good job of presenting its animal collection. The zoo is at White river park just west of downtown and just across the river from the fantastic Eitjorg museum. The zoo if limited is modern and clean but a little pricey for its size.
The Indianapolis Zoo opened in White River State Park in 1988. The 64-acre attraction is one of few new zoos in the world to be built from the ground up. Its state-of-the-art facilities include the world's second largest, fully enclosed, environmentally controlled dolphin pavilion and the state's largest aquarium.
The Indianapolis Zoo is the only facility in the United States to be accredited as a zoological park, botanical garden, and aquarium. This “cageless” zoo features nearly 4,000 animals and 6,000 plants in simulated natural habitats.
Since I have lived here in Indy, I make sure to visit the zoo each year. They have a really great deal happening there, a company from around the city sponsers an exhibit. Each summer there is a new exhibit or an exhibit that is redone. This year they redesigned the Oceans area. They created a shark petting area. There are 18 baby sharks that are in a 2ft' pool and they actually come close to allow people to touch them. I read on the website that they are taking out the forrest area and they are putting in a Koala exhibit. I am sure that will be a big attraction!
In the last 5 years EXHIBITS:
We visited In Sept when the weather was just perfect .. nice way to spend 2-3 hours. I spent a lot of time in the Orangutan and bird area.Orangutan were just amazing ..so fun to watch ..one was coloring on a book ...saw some kissing .. one liked to be gross and throw up on the glass and eat it .. yuckkk.
My hubby would say too long in both areas but I could have spent more. We actually about missed the plant area .. we were heading out of the zoo and spotted it .. and it was amazing so defiantly don't miss out but I'll review it separately.
I love animals and playing with my camera so this was great fun for me and my husband endures it for my sake :)
Indianapolis Zoo Indianapolis Indians Baseball
NCAA Hall of Fame
Circle City Mall
Whether you are traveling with children or not, there are tons of activites to keep you busy in Indy. I have listed just a few places where you can shop, eat, site see, watch sports...Downtown is a must destination..You can park your car & walk to most activities.
The Orangutans were the whole reason for my visit to the zoo .. I'd seen pics of them and wanted to see in person. For some a few moments would be enough but I spent about an hour just watching them do their thing. I could have spent longer but I could tell my husband was beyond done there :)
we visiting in the fall .. the Orangutan have a indoor building to themselves.
The Indianpolis zoo is a neat place to go, kids or not. It is clean, with plenty to do inside, though I'm not exactly a connaiseur of zoos. (doubt I spelled that right.) There is a cafeteria, playground and gift shop in addition to the animals.