Up close with the tigers at the Indianapolis Zoo. ©Jason Wright
Located in White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo caters to families and is home to more than 350 species of animals in environmentally appropriate habitat exhibits. Activities here include daily dolphin shows, shark touch pool, giraffe and penguin feeding, carousel rides, a roller coaster, pony rides and splash park. Special exhibits: "Butterfly Kaleidoscope," through Sept. 10. Open M-Th 9 am-4 pm, F-Su 9 am-5 pm. Fall admission: $14-18, but can vary widely by month.