Indianapolis Zoo Events in October 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Central Indiana — Located in White River State Park in the Indianapolis downtown sector, the Indianapolis Zoo is a world-class facility hosting more than a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research. The Indianapolis Zoo is the first attraction triple accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanical garden. The Indianapolis Zoo can be contacted at (317) 630-2001. Visit the Zoo on the Web at the Indianapolis Zoo’s site, and be sure to check out videos at IndyZoo on youtube.

September-October Happenings



All rides are crowd and weather dependent. A single ticket is $2.25. Combo rides tickets: 7 tickets are $12.00 and 12 tickets are $20.00.*

Adults $14.00
Seniors (62 years and older)
Children (ages 2-12) $9.00 Visiting and Indianapolis Children one and under FREE
Parking $5.00
Community Tuesdays presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company – September 1, October 6 – $7.00


All shows/chats are staff and weather dependent. Shows included in regular Zoo admission.

September-October Happenings

  • Kōmbo Family Coaster: 1 ticket (Must be 38″ tall to ride. Children between 38″ and 47″ must ride with an adult. Persons 47″ and taller may ride alone. Some physical conditions may prevent a person from riding.)
  • White River Junction Train Ride: 1 ticket
  • 4-D Ride presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages: 2 tickets (Must be 38” tall to ride.)
  • Carousel: 1 ticket (Children ages 3 and under must ride with an adult.)
  • Pony Ride: 1 ticket (Times and dates vary as posted.)
  • Kroger Splash Park: Free with regular Zoo admission
  • Riley Family Fitness Park: Free with regular Zoo admission
  • Dolphin Show, Marsh Dolphin Theater: 10:30am & 2:30pm
  • Penguin Feed, Oceans presented by Old National Bank: 10:30am & 3:30pm
  • Giraffe Feed, Plains: 11am & 1pm (Sept. only)Meerkat Chat, Deserts: 10am
  • Creature Feature, Encounters presented by Dean’s Milk Chugs: 11am & 3pm
  • Elephant Bathing: 11:30am
  • Alaskan Brown Bear Chat, Forest: 1:30pm
  • Baboon Chat, Plains: 2pm

*Prices always subject to change and expire one year from distribution date.


Community Tuesdays: October 6, 2009
Community Tuesdays are held on the first Tuesday of the month from March through December. This well-received event allows the Indianapolis Zoo to make visiting Indianapolis’s premier attraction easier for price-conscious families. A substantially reduced price of $7.00 per person allows visitors to enjoy the Indianapolis Zoo at half price.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Through October 15, 2009

National Hispanic Heritage Month officially runs from September 15-October 15 each year and highlights the Hispanic culture and achievements. The event’s festivities will enhance a day at the Zoo with several activities for all ages. Enjoy live music, make crafts (including an instrument to play along with the music), swing at a piñata, play games, color  flags from Latin American countries, meet groups serving the Hispanic population, and challenge the Zoo scavenger hunt.

NEW – Asian Impressions at White River Gardens: September 26-November 8, 2009
Travel to the Far East in this new show at the Gardens. As guests enter the Hilbert Conservatory through a bamboo pagoda, they will see the embodiments of Asian garden design, including a miniaturized hill and pond, hanging baskets of conifers, beautiful shoji paper screens, trickling water features, and floating red gossamer. Over 30 bonsai specimens will be on display, enclosed by a bamboo gate that emphasizes the idea of solitude. This shows promises to offer any visitor a wonderful spot for relaxation and contemplation. Asian Impressions at White River Gardens is free for members and included with regular Zoo admission. The Conservatory shows are supported through an endowment funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. The Indianapolis Zoo Art and Nature programming is supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis.

Contracting Opportunity Event: October 19, 2009
The Indianapolis Zoo is pleased to be partnering with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis, NCAA and United Way of Central Indiana to again present the Contracting Opportunity Event: Connecting Buyers and Sellers. Purchasing professionals from cultural institutions as well as City and State agencies will be available to discuss the bidding process, upcoming contracts, and the timing for various bid lists. Sellers are guaranteed to meet with top-level purchasing professionals who are eager to do business with minority- and women-owned businesses. This event takes place at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street, from 2-4:30pm, and there is free parking in the Museum’s garage at 30th and Illinois Streets. There is no charge for sellers to participate in this event. If you have questions, contact Donna Lindley at (317) 630-2014.

Halloween ZooBoo presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages: October 16-18, 22-25 & 29-30, 2009
Beware – magic is in the air! Get your costumes ready and join us for nine magical days of Halloween ZooBoo presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages from 2 until 7pm. ZooBoo is a great way to kick-off a family Halloween celebration and is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. The Zoo stays open late with animals on exhibit. Children will have a blast bowling with pumpkins and riding the Halloween train, as well as other Halloween-themed rides. They can also learn about not-so-scary animals, jump around in a bounce house, watch the Halloween-themed dolphin show, trick-or-treat and even enter to win a painting by an elephant. Keepers will be out on grounds offering even more chats during the day. (Trick-or-treat bags will be provided by Texas Roadhouse, while supplies last.) New this year – giant pumpkins on display grown by the Zoo’s own horticulture staff!


Special Zoo Experiences give guests opportunities to discover the Indianapolis Zoo beyond the usual Zoo visit. Each experience is unique and brings participants closer to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

NEW! Junior Train Engineer: Currently at the Indianapolis Zoo, children ages 5 and up can experience what it’s like to be a train conductor. For $15, participants get to ride up front next to the train conductor while wearing their own special train conductor cap, ring the bell, and blow the train whistle. One purchased ticket includes additional ticket for accompanying adult. No reservations needed – just inquire at the ticket booth for the White River Junction Express train ride. Program also includes a train ride ticket for an adult to accompany the Junior Train Engineer. This program is offered whenever the train ride is in operation.

Dolphin In-Water Adventure: The Dolphin In-Water Adventure gives guests the opportunity to meet our dolphins up close and personal. Guests will discover first hand from the Conservation Education and Marine Mammal staffs what it takes to care for these amazing animals. Participants will meet a dolphin in the pool, learn hand signals for behaviors and reward a dolphin with fish. Register online at – Special Events, Special Zoo Experiences.

NEW! Junior Dolphin Trainer: The new Junior Dolphin Trainer program offers a close-up encounter for the little marine mammal lover in the family. Tickets can be purchased at the admissions window, and guests will be assigned a dolphin show to attend, plus a special badge. Each Junior Dolphin Trainer will be met inside the Marsh Dolphin Adventure Theatre and escorted to reserved seating in the first row of the west side of the Theatre. When it’s time, the marine mammal trainers will bring up their junior counterparts to help them cue the dolphins by hand! After the experience, the junior trainers will receive a collector card with information on the dolphin they “trained,” which will fit inside the badge holder as a souvenir. This new program is only $10.00 per junior trainer (the rest of the party will not need special tickets to get into the show) and is for children ages 5 and up. This program continues through December.

2009 Overnight Adventures at the Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo offers two types of overnight programs—for educational groups and scouts. Both programs include an evening full of activities, including an afterhour’s tour, an animal encounter, and educational games and activities. The group then sleeps over in the Dolphin Gallery or Oceans presented by Old National Bank building, has a breakfast buffet provided by Centerplate, and has a self-guided field trip the next day throughout the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. Any group that spends the night at the Zoo must be able to provide a certificate of liability insurance. To register and check out available dates, visit the Zoo’s web site at and click on Education, Overnight Adventures.

Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Indianapolis Zoo will empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

The Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46222


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