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Zoobilation Ticket Sales Begin Feb. 2, 2015

January 30, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

Tickets for Zoobilation 2015 On Sale Starting Feb. 2
City’s premier philanthropic event raised $2.1 million in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — An Australian-inspired adventure awaits guests this summer at Indiana’s largest and most anticipated black-tie fundraiser, Zoobilation 2015 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company.   

Tickets go on sale beginning at 9am, Feb. 2, 2015, on the Indianapolis Zoo’s website, and the event typically sells out in mere days. Now in its 29th year, the Zoo will host the city’s premier philanthropic event from 7pm to midnight on June 12, 2015, with the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP starting at 5:30pm. The Zoo will be closed to the public that day in preparation for this unforgettable evening.

This year’s theme is Boomerang Bash, a bonzer (that’s first rate in Aussie terms) celebration marking the summer return of koalas, one of Australia’s most iconic animals. Nearly 5,000 blokes and sheilas will party Down Under style as the Zoo brings the best of the Outback to downtown Indianapolis.

Patrons will sample a diverse selection of tucker and grog (that’s slang for food and drinks) from 70 of Central Indiana’s best eateries, all vying for the coveted blue ribbon awards as well as the people’s choice award. In addition, party goers will sip on top-shelf cocktails, wines and other drinks served at 13 different bars, with beverages sponsored by Republic National Distributing Company of Indiana. The night will be filled with the sounds of live entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, featuring nine of the top local acts on four stages.

The Premium Experience will offer a limited number of party goers early access to the event plus other exclusive benefits, including priority parking, an arrival gift, full access to the air-conditioned Oasis Lounge in the Dolphin Pavilion and more. Guests can then rage on at the official after-party from 11pm-2am at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Attire is black-tie and all guests must be 21 or older. General admission tickets are $250 for Zoo members (limit four) and $275 for non-members. Premium Experience tickets are $450 for Zoo members (limit four) and $475 for non-members. Prices increase $50 after March 1. Tickets are non-refundable.

Zoobilation attendees will experience the party of the year while also supporting the Zoo’s mission of advancing animal conservation. In 2014, this lavish event raised $2.1 million to help fund the care of more than 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection as well as the Zoo’s global conservation initiatives.

For more information, call 317-630-2001.

Valentine ideas from Indiana State Parks and Inns

January 30, 2015 Leave a comment
McCormick's Creek State Park in Owen County, Indiana.

McCormick’s Creek State Park in Owen County, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
DNR Division, Indiana State Parks

Valentine ideas from Indiana State Parks and Inns

Let Indiana State Parks and Inns be your cupid this Valentine’s Day with gift ideas and lodging specials. offers gift cards for camping at Indiana State Parks and for  lodging at State Park Inns, annual park entrance passes, and more. Or, buy one of two GO! Pack specials that include an entrance permit, one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine, gift certificates and more at a discount. Use the coupon code VDAY to receive free shipping on all gift card orders placed between Feb. 1-15.

You can also donate $10 to plant a tree on an Indiana state forest as a symbol of your relationship. Information is at

Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park (see related photo above), Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park and Fort Harrison Inn at Fort Harrison State Park are offering Valentine’s Day packages for Saturday, Feb. 14, that include dinner and overnight accommodations. Prices range from $165 to $225 per couple. The Fort Harrison package includes chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of wine in your room.

Turkey Run Inn at Turkey Run State Park is offering a getaway available between Feb. 9 and 15. The deal includes dinner in an intimate setting, lodging, a bottle of wine, chocolates, breakfast and more.

Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park is offering a special for all of February, and several inns will be offering a 2-for-1 special through Feb. 26 (restrictions apply). Spring Mill Inn and Potawatomi Inn have extended their 2-for-1 special through March 31.

More information is at

For those who prefer a cabin, Shakamak State Park is offering a weeknight discount through Feb. 25. Those who reserve a cabin for one or more weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) will receive 25 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking (restrictions apply). Reservations can be booked at or by calling (866) 622-6746. Use the promo code “SHAKCABIN15.”

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