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Indianapolis Zoo

Much more than an animal park, this downtown attraction also features an aquarium and botanic garden.

The Indianapolis Zoo is loaded with activities for the entire family, with an aquarium and botanic garden as well as a wide variety of animal exhibits. It’s home to 300 species housed within five biomes, large areas designed to mirror the habitats of the animals.

Explore the forests and observe red pandas hanging from the trees and Amur tigers prowling in the undergrowth. Step into the desert to see rare reptiles such as the Jamaican iguana, or roam the African plains where you’ll encounter zebras, cheetahs and giraffes. Kids will thrill to reaching out and actually touching the coarse skin of the sharks as they cruise by in the Ocean Biome.
 
If you arrive early, make the Forest Biome your first stop. Mornings are when the songbirds and insects are at their most vocal. And be sure to visit the Plains Biome before evening falls, as many of the animals head inside at dusk.
 
Don’t miss the entertaining daily shows in the Marsh Dolphin Adventure Theater. Children will also love the Kroger Splash Park, open in the warm months, when the temperature averages over 70 F (21 C). A change of clothes is advisable if you intend to visit this attraction. Jump aboard the White River Junction for an informative 10-minute train tour of the zoo, or test your nerves on the Kombo Family Roller Coaster; these rides cost extra.

After you’ve explored the wildlife in the zoo, head next door to the White River Gardens and soak up the serenity in the Hilbert Conservatory or find a spot to relax in the Shade Garden.

The Indianapolis Zoo is located on the riverbank within the White River State Park, one mile (1.6 kilometers) from downtown Indianapolis. The admission price includes entry to the garden and aquarium. The zoo is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the cooler months, and on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Café on the Commons is open year-round; there are other places to buy food and drink but they are open only in summer.


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$149
Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown

501 W Washington St, Indianapolis
4.3
of 5, from 156 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$159
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

120 W Market St, Indianapolis
4.4
of 5, from 375 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The State Capitol is across the street and the convention center is four blocks from this downtown Indianapolis high-rise hotel.

$154
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis
4.2
of 5, from 759 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This atrium-style high-rise is linked by enclosed skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre shopping; the state capitol is 1 block away and Lucas Oil Stadium is a half-mile away.

$189
JW Marriott Indianapolis

JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 S West Street, Indianapolis
4.5
of 5, from 289 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$211
The Alexander

The Alexander

333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis
4.6
of 5, from 329 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and NCAA Hall of Champions are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$152
Omni Severin Hotel

Omni Severin Hotel

40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis
4.2
of 5, from 754 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Indianapolis, Omni Severin Hotel is connected to Circle Centre Mall via skybridge. Guests can walk 3 minutes to the Indianapolis Convention Center and 7 minutes to Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis Amtrak Station is 3 minutes from the hotel on foot.

$149
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

31 W Ohio St, Indianapolis
3.9
of 5, from 426 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 21-story downtown hotel is 2 blocks from Indianapolis City Market, Circle Centre Mall, and the Indiana Convention Center, and is adjacent to historic Monument Circle, the centerpiece of Indianapolis.

$119
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
4.4
of 5, from 188 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians. NCAA Hall of Champions and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes.