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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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Hyatt Place Indianapolis Downtown $137
Hyatt Place Indianapolis Downtown

Hyatt Place Indianapolis Downtown

130 South Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall. Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    The Alexander $135
    The Alexander

    The Alexander

    333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall. Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown $142
      Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown

      Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown

      130 South Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall. Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 7 minutes by foot.

        JW Marriott Indianapolis $199
        JW Marriott Indianapolis

        JW Marriott Indianapolis

        10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Indiana Convention Center and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are also within 15 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Omni Severin Hotel $144
          Omni Severin Hotel

          Omni Severin Hotel

          40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, IN
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Circle Center Mall, Indiana Convention Center, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Lucas Oil Stadium and Soldiers and Sailors Monument are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis $134
            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

            Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

            One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Indiana Convention Center, and Circle Center Mall. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown $127
              Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

              Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

              601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. NCAA Hall of Champions and Indiana Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites $153
                Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

                Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

                120 W Market St, Indianapolis, IN
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rhythm Discovery Center, Indiana Convention Center, and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Center Mall are also within 10 minutes. Indianapolis Station is 10 minutes by foot.