Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has grown into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research, including accomplishing the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant. The Indianapolis Zoo is located in White River State Park downtown and is the only attraction accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden.
Ever wonder what it's like to swim with dolphins? The Indianapolis Zoo’s Dolphin In-Water Adventure is something that participants cannot experience anywhere else in the Midwest and is as close to swimming with the dolphins as you can get. This 90-minute program is designed to give participants a unique opportunity to encounter dolphins up close and become familiar with some of the training techniques used by the Indianapolis Zoo’s Marine Mammal staff. The program begins with a short class session, after which the guests don light weight wet suits and join the trainers in a specially designed pool where a small group of people have approximately a half hour to experience something truly remarkable – what it’s like to meet a dolphin face to face
May through September 5th the zoo will open 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-7pm Friday-Sunday and Holidays (White River Gardens closes at 5:30pm Mon-Thur and at 6pm Fri-Sun)
THE ZOO IS OPEN ON LABOR DAY - 9AM TO 7PM.
After September 6th the zoo will be open 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday-Sunday
Hilbert Conservatory at Gardens Closed September 7-9 for show set-up.
The Zoo is open until 7pm for Halloween ZooBoo - October 15-17, 21-24, and 28-30.