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Indiana Zoos

The weather is getting warmer. I know, it seems almost unbelievable, but it is. So what better way to celebrate than to visit one of Indiana’s great zoos!

Potawatomi Zoo (South Bend) – Last summer, my daughter and I headed up this way during one of the hotter days of the year. We loved the size (perfect for a four year old to walk around) and the farm area was my favorite! And huge plus … right across the parking lot is a large playground, complete with splash pad.Potawatomi ZooPotawatomi ZooFort Wayne Children’s Zoo – I had heard about this place for years and it lived up to every story. A great, hands-on zoo for kids complete with several rides the little ones can go on.IMG_2983Ft Wayne ZooFt Wayne ZooMesker Park Zoo (Evansville) – The day we visited it was rainy, but I have to tell you … the animals were very active and the crowd was light, so I call it a win!  The highlight of our day here was feeding the giraffes and of course their Amazonia exhibit.IMG_5069IMG_5085Mesker Park ZooIndianapolis Zoo – We’ve only been here a handful of times (which is surprising since we live minutes from it!), but always love the lion area and the bird area. New this year – the orangutan center which will open in May. I can’t wait to see it!Indy ZooIndy ZooIndy ZooColumbian Park Zoo (Lafayette) – The best thing about this zoo – it is FREE!! What a gem  if you live in Lafayette/West Lafayette. We had a blast walking through the petting zoo and of course, pretending we were gophers!Columbian Park ZooColumbian Park ZooColumbian Park ZooNo excuses now … no matter where you live in the state, there is a zoo within driving distance to make the perfect trip for your kiddos and you.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis for over 10 years now, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now being at home with her four-year-old daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.