Indianapolis Zoo Pressed Pennies ~ Indiana

By | September 4, 2019

The Indianapolis Zoo has 7 pressed penny machines scattered throughout their exhibits. You can make a total of 28 elongated pennies with fun designs featuring the animals you will see on your visit.

The Indianapolis Zoo has 7 pressed penny machines scattered throughout their exhibits. You can make a total of 28 elongated pennies with fun designs featuring the animals you will see on your visit.

We’ve done a lot of traveling to Indiana this summer.  Most recently we took a day trip to the Indianapolis Zoo.  It’s not a large zoo, but it does have an underwater dolphin viewing dome and a dolphin show that made it worth the drive.

The Indianapolis Zoo is divided into 5 main sections – the oceans, the forest, the plains, the desert, and flights of fancy.  There are over 300 species of animals on display.  Our favorites were the dolphins, the orangutans, and the sloth.

Interested in visiting the Indianapolis Zoo?  Check out their website here.

Indianapolis Zoo Pressed Pennies

There are 7 pressed penny machines scattered throughout the Indianapolis Zoo. Each machine has 4 designs, so you can make a total of 28 elongated pennies.

These are all hand-crank machines that cost 51 cents (2 quarters and the penny you want to press).  As of our visit, all were pressing well.  (Make sure to read the note in the Plains section below to learn the trick to get perfect smashed pennies from that particular machine.)

If you collect zoo pressed pennies, be sure to check out all the animal pressed pennies in our collection.

Indianapolis Zoo Pressed Penny Machine Locations Map

Indianapolis Zoo pressed penny machine location map.

The pushpins on the map above mark the 7 locations within the zoo where a pressed penny machine is.  For a larger image, right click on it to open the image in a new tab.

Indianapolis Zoo Gift Shop Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo Gift Shop Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

The machine is located outside the entrance to the front gift shop.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo gift shop pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • Red Panda
  • Otter
  • Gibbon
  • Bats

Red Panda Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo red panda pressed penny

In the Forests Biome at the zoo is a red panda exhibit.  He was hiding up in the tree when we visited, making it difficult to see more than his tail.

This smashed penny features a red panda.  This is a vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Red Panda” and the text below is “Indianapolis Zoo”.

Otter Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo otter pressed penny

This smashed penny features an otter.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Otter” and the text below is “Indianapolis Zoo”.

Gibbon Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo gibbon pressed penny

In the Forest Biome at the zoo, there is an exhibit of white-handed gibbon.  This smashed penny features a gibbon swinging from a tree branch.  This is a vertical design with a dotted border.  The text below the image is “Gibbon – Indianapolis Zoo”.

Bats Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo bats pressed penny

This smashed penny features a group of bats flying in front of a full moon.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “Bats”.

Indianapolis Zoo Shark Petting Area Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo Shark Petting Pool Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

This machine is located within the Oceans exhibit right across from the shark petting pool.  It is on the same wall as the hand dryers.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo shark petting area pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • I touched a shark
  • Sea Lion
  • Clown Fish
  • Moray Eel

I Touched a Shark Smashed Penny

I touched a shark at the Indianapolis Zoo pressed penny

One of the highlights of our visit to the Indy Zoo was getting to touch a shark.  I had often heard that shark skin was like sandpaper.  The variety in the petting tank were smooth dogfish sharks.  They had smooth, almost slimy skin.

This elongated penny features a toothy shark.  This is a vertical design with a dotted border.  The text below the image reads “I touched a shark at the Indianapolis Zoo”.

California Sea Lion Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo sea lion smashed penny

Right outside the Oceans exhibit building was a tank with California sea lions and grey seal.  A few were in the water playing, but mostly they were sunning themselves on the rocks.

This elongated penny features a sea lion sitting on a rock.  This is a vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “Sea Lion”.

Clown Fish Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo clown fish elongated penny

The Indy Zoo has quite a few tanks within its Oceans exhibit.  One exhibit that was popular with the kids was the Clown Fish tank, not doubt in part to the popularity of the Finding Nemo movie.

This elongated penny features a two clown fish swimming among coral.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text to the left of the fish reads “Clown Fish”.

Green Moray Eel Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo Moray Eel Pressed Penny

In a large tank in the Oceans Biome at the zoo, you can see many species of aquatic life, including the bright yellow moray eel.  There were at least two in there, but there could have been more hiding in the numerous cracks and crevices.

This elongated penny features a sea lion sitting on a rock.  This is a vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “Sea Lion”.

Indianapolis Zoo Oceans Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo Oceans Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

This pressed penny machine is located at the exit of the Oceans exhibit, right next to the token machine.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo oceans pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • Shark
  • Penguin
  • Seahorse
  • Jellyfish

Shark Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo Shark smashed penny

One of the first tanks you come to in the Oceans exhibit building is a large tank with Cownose Rays and Smooth Dogfish Sharks.  The rays captured our attention immediately as they swam up the wall, but the sharks were quite impressive too.

This smashed penny features a swimming shark.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “shark”.

Rockhopper Penguin Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo Rockhopper Penguin smashed penny

Near the exit of the Oceans building is an exhibit with several species of penguins.  Most were quite content to hang out on the rocks, but there were quite a few playing in the water too.

This smashed penny features a rockhopper penguin.  This is vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “rockhopper penguin”.

Seahorse Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo seahorse smashed penny

The zoo has a tube aquarium in the Oceans Biome with several cute seahorses in it.  This smashed penny features a seahorse.  This is vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “seahorse”.

Jellyfish Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo jellyfish smashed penny

This smashed penny features a jellyfish.  This is vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below is “jellyfish”.

Indianapolis Dolphin Dome Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo Dolphins Exhibit Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

This pressed penny machine is located outside the dolphin dome building, near where you enter for the dolphin presentation.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo dolphins exhibit pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • Dolphin with dog
  • 2 Dolphins
  • Walrus
  • Polar Bear

Dolphin with Dog Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo dolphin with dog elongated penny

Shortly before we visited the zoo, one of the female dolphins had just given birth.  So we didn’t get to see the full dolphin show, but merely a short training session.  I have a feeling this penny design would make more sense if we had gotten to see the regular dolphin presentation.

This pressed penny features a dog next to the dolphin tank.  It is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image reads “Indianapolis Zoo”.

Bottlenose Dolphins Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo dolphin adventure smashed penny

One of the things that makes the Indianapolis Zoo unique is their underwater dolphin viewing dome.  The dome is 17 feet underwater and gives visitors a unique perspective of the dolphins swimming above their heads.

This elongated penny features two bottlenose dolphins swimming.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text to the left of the dolphins is “Dolphin Adventure”.

Pacific Walrus Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo walrus pressed penny

Outside the Oceans biome building is a tank with two walruses.  While we were there, they seemed to be content just swimming back and forth.

This elongated penny features a walrus lounging.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text to the right is “walrus”.

Polar Bear Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo polar bear smashed penny

This elongated penny features a polar bear.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “polar bear”.

Indianapolis Zoo Forest Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo Forest Exhibit Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

This pressed penny machine is located near the exit of the Forest section of the zoo.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo forest exhibit pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • Kodiak Bear
  • Bald Eagle
  • Tiger
  • Lemur

Kodiak Bear Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo Kodiak Bear elongated penny

The Indy Zoo had several Alaskan Brown Bears on exhibit with a lovely little waterfall as the backdrop.  This elongated penny features a Kodiak Bear.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “kodiak bear”.

Bald Eagle Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo bald eagle elongated penny

Within the Forest Biome, the zoo had a bald eagle exhibit.  On our visit, the majestic bird was hiding in a structure at the back of the exhibit so it was hard to get a good picture.

This elongated penny features a bald eagle.  This is a vertical design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “bald eagle”.

Amur Tiger Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo amur tiger elongated penny

The zoo has three impressive tigers on display.  During our visit, we were able to watch them prowling around for a bit.  This elongated penny features an amur tiger.  This is a horizontal design with a dotted border.  The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “amur tiger”.

Lemur Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo Lemur elongated penny

This smashed penny features the ring-tailed lemur that can be found within the Forest section of the zoo.  This is a vertical penny design with a dotted border. The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo – Lemur”.

Indianapolis Zoo Plains Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo Plains Exhibit Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

This machine is located near the exit of the Plains section of the zoo.  Please note that you need to roll slowly with this machine or you will get partial designs.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo plains exhibit pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • Warthog
  • White Rhino
  • Cheetah
  • African Wild Dogs

Warthog Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo warthog smashed penny

This smashed penny features two warthogs like ones that can be found within the Plains Biome of the zoo.  This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border. The text above the image is “warthog” and the text below reads “Indianapolis Zoo”.

White Rhino Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo white rhino elongated penny

We saw several of these impressive rhinos napping in the afternoon heat in the Plains area of the Indy Zoo.  This elongated penny features a white rhino.  This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border. The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text to the right of the rhino image reads “white rhino”.

Cheetah Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo cheetah smashed penny

At the cheetah exhibit within the Plains Biome, there is a cool attraction where you can race a cheetah.  It wasn’t running when we were there, but we were able to view the cheetahs lounging in the grass.

This smashed penny features a cheetah.  This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border. The text below the image is “Indianapolis Zoo – Cheetah”.

African Wild Dogs Smashed Penny

Indianapolis Zoo African Wild Dogs pressed penny

This smashed penny features two African Wild Dogs.  This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border. The text to the left of the animal image is “African Wild Dogs” and the text below the image is “Indianapolis Zoo”.

White River Gardens Pressed Penny Machine Designs

Indianapolis Zoo White River Gardens Pressed Penny Machine - one of 7 in the zoo that press a total of 28 designs.

This machine is located in the White River Gardens building that hosts the temporary butterfly exhibit.  You need to exit the main zoo to get to this building, but admission is included in your zoo ticket price.  The machine is located on the wall near the entrance to the family nature center.  It is across from the entry into the conservatory.

Elongated penny designs from the Indianapolis Zoo White River Gardens pressed penny machine.

This pressed penny machine makes the following designs:

  • Butterflies
  • Tulips
  • Turtle
  • Train

Butterflies Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo butterflies pressed penny

This pressed penny depicts butterflies like ones you can see seasonally in the White River Gardens adjacent to the zoo entrance.  You can walk through the conservatory with the butterflies fluttering about all around you. This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border.  The text above the butterflies image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “White River Gardens”.

Tulips Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo White River Gardens smashed penny

This elongated penny depicts the tulips that are abundant within the White River Gardens in the spring.  This is a vertical penny design with a dotted border. The text above the flowers is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “White River Gardens”.

Turtle Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo turtle elongated penny

This elongated penny depicts a turtle like ones that can be found within the Desert Dome at the Indy Zoo. This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border. The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “turtle”.

White River Junction Train Elongated Penny

Indianapolis Zoo train elongated penny

This elongated penny depicts a train like the one that you have a chance to ride at the zoo. This is a horizontal penny design with a dotted border. The text above the image is “Indianapolis Zoo” and the text below reads “White River Junction”.

Pin these Indianapolis Zoo pressed pennies for later:

The Indianapolis Zoo has 7 pressed penny machines scattered throughout their exhibits. You can make a total of 28 elongated pennies with fun designs featuring the animals you will see on your visit.

While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of the Indiana elongated pennies in our collection.

If you have any updates about the Indianapolis Zoo pressed penny machines or designs, please leave a comment below so we can update this information.

Until next time… Happy squishin’!



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