Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens
The Indianapolis Zoo is the nation's only accredited combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. Located on 64 acres in White
River State Park, the “cageless” zoo features 350 different animal species in simulated natural habitats and nearly 18,000 plant specimens.
The Zoo is divided into biomes, or natural settings, that replicate African and Australian plains, forests and deserts of the world and several different water habitats.
Its facilities also include the world’s first fully-submerged underwater Dolphin Adventure.
Two tunnels lead to a 12-foot high, 30-foot
diameter dome that allows for a 360-degree view of the dolphins. Above water is the world’s second-largest, fully-enclosed,
environmentally-controlled dolphin pavilion and the state’s largest aquarium. The Zoo’s In-Water Dolphin Adventure allows
guests to join the trainers waist-deep in the water and come face-to-face with the dolphins.
Other highlights include the African elephant preserve and a unique domed desert habitat with free flying birds.
This family-oriented attraction features a variety of seasonal rides, including the city's only roller coaster, a 4-D simulator and a wet/dry playground.
White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo is the site of a 3.3- acre botanical garden with seasonal botanical
shows, theme demonstration gardens and wedding gardens. The Gardens also features a gift shop, restaurant
overlooking the downtown skyline and a 5,000 square-foot conservatory filled with tropical plants.
The Indianapolis Zoo is the nation's only accredited combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden.