Options at the Zoo
tastes, local ingredients, healthy options — that’s what the Healthy Food
Initiative presented by
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
is all about. Along with the traditional Zoo fare, you’ll also find new
culinary creations with a focus on farm-to-table practices. When you’re
dining at one of our many eateries, just look for signs featuring “Riley’s
Recommendations for Healthier Eating” and know you’re making smart food
choices. You can find these at several stops around the Zoo, including Café
on the Commons, the Farm-to-Table Stand near the White River Junction Train
station, and our seasonal cart location in front of Dean's Arena. Our revamped menu also includes national favorites and gourmet
options that are sure to please any palate. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted
at all Zoo eateries, which are managed by Centerplate, the Zoo's exclusive
Click here for a list of food ingredients
and allergy information.
on the Commons
Located at the heart of the Zoo, Café on the
Commons is the Zoo's primary food service location.
This restaurant is open year round and serves
traditional fare, like, burgers and barbecue, new
salads with a variety of topping choices and other
healthier menu items, snacks, drinks and more. The Café has
indoor and outdoor seating and is open 10am to
Gourmet Snack Shop
Located next to the Kroger Splash Park
center of the Zoo, the
newly opened Na Na's (formerly The Outpost) features a selection of Nathan's Hot Dogs, gourmet treats, healthy
meal options and more. You'll find everything you need for a quick lunchtime meal.
Located near the entrance/exit to Plains, the
Westside Café is the perfect place to pick up a cool
beverage or favorites like Donatos pizza,
breadsticks and other treats.
Need a refreshing frozen beverage to cool off on
a hot day? Then make your way over to this seasonal
good location in Encounters where you'll find
multiple fruity flavors of ICEEs plus other drinks
Open during the summer season, our
newest dining spot near the
White River Junction Train station and rides ticket booth
offers healthy and delicious salads and snacks perfect for dining light at the Zoo!
Newly added to our cuisine is the build your own salad option. You can still
munch on your favorite yogurt parfaits, veggies with hummus and fruit cups,
but now you will be able to add a diverse selection of 17 different toppings
to a tasty salad as well.
Flora Café at the Gardens
you visit White River Gardens, come to the Flora Cafe for lunchtime snacks, delicious sides and desserts. From Memorial
Day through Labor Day, the Flora Cafe
is open 11am to 3pm. Dining is
available on the terrace outside and in the Grand Hallway. Seasonal offerings
are also available with special late hours during Christmas at the
During the summer, guests can pick up
a quick treat at one of the many food carts
located throughout Zoo grounds. These convenient food stops offer bottled
drinks, frozen treats, pretzels and other snacks. Featured carts offer
favorites like frozen lemonade, Dippin' Dots and other temptations.
a perfect family picnic at one of two picnic areas,
located just outside the Zoo's Entry Plaza and
behind White River Gardens along the Riverwalk. Though visitors
carry food into the Zoo, these convenient areas
allow guests to take a quick break before returning
to the Zoo for more fun and adventures. Just
present your receipt or get your hand stamped for
re-entry anytime on that day. Refillable water
bottles are permitted inside the Zoo. For the safety of the
animals, the Zoo does not provide disposable straws or soft
Centerplate is the Zoo's exclusive caterer and provides a range of culinary
options for company
picnics, weddings, corporate functions and other special events.
Click here for more information on catered meals
and facility rentals.