INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) -- You don't have to travel far to find something fun to do with friends and family. The Indianapolis Zoo is providing several new Covid-safe activities for visitors to enjoy this spring.
These updates include a two-week-long event called "xZOOberance," which is featuring music, animals, art, and other activities.
Visitors will also be able to get up close and personal with some animals
The xZOOberance event launched on Mar. 25 and will continue through Apr. 11. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, people will be able to touch the sharks, feed giraffes, and feed different birds.
The zoo is also launching its Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit. You'll be able to observe thousands of different butterfly species, and sometimes they'll even land on you. And the zoo is introducing some new zoo-babies including a four-month-old giraffe named Kendi.
Carla Knapp, public relations specialist with the Indianapolis Zoo, said this is the best season to come see the animals.
"Some of our animals have been indoors for the wintertime and that's something that's typical year after year. Once those animals come outside again when springtime comes you're going to see that they're going to be active and really exploring their habitat," said Knapp.
She said the zoo is a perfect place to travel during this pandemic because it's outdoors where people can easily social-distance. And it's not too far of a drive no matter where you live in Indiana.
"People are looking for ways to get out to travel but to do it safely so you may not want to get on a plane, you can jump in the car easily and be at the zoo in an hour or so," said Knapp.
There's more to look forward to because the zoo is opening a new reptile exhibit later this spring. It's called Alligators and Crocodiles: The Fight to Survive.
To ensure you'll have access to these events, you'll want to purchase your ticket online before you arrive. The zoo is limiting capacity to help practice social distancing. Click here to reserve your time at the zoo.