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Home of the oldest zoo building in the United States, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for its extensive breeding and conservation program. In 1987, the oldest portions of the park were designated as National Historic Landmarks: the "Elephant House," the "Reptile House," and the "Passenger Pigeon Memorial." The reptile house claims the title of the oldest--it was built in 1875. By using our Cincinnati online travel route planner, you can arrange your visit to Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and other attractions in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden reviews
This was such a great zoo! I almost didn't go because of the negative reviews on this site. Don't miss this zoo. It was really cold the day I went, between 36 and 40 degrees. Some of the animals...
This was such a great zoo! I almost didn't go because of the negative reviews on this site. Don't miss this zoo. It was really cold the day I went, between 36 and 40 degrees. Some of the animals... more »
It is a small zoo and in the winter time most animals are indoors. The ticket is pretty steep to purchase and you have to pay extra for parking. It is not cheap to come with a family to this zoo...
It is a small zoo and in the winter time most animals are indoors. The ticket is pretty steep to purchase and you have to pay extra for parking. It is not cheap to come with a family to this zoo... more »
Loved this zoo! The hippos are a have to see . They also have so many exhibits that I haven’t seen at other zoos . The nighttime cats , the ant exhibit , and so many more
Loved this zoo! The hippos are a have to see . They also have so many exhibits that I haven’t seen at other zoos . The nighttime cats , the ant exhibit , and so many more more »
Great zoo! We were surprised to find that it was so easy to spend the entire day here, from open to close. It was disappointing that so many animals were off display due to construction, the weather, or bird flu concerns. But even despite that, there was so much to see & experience here. The hippo display is unsurprisingly very busy, but we still got to stay a while & see the new baby. Absolutely worth it. The overall atmosphere was really nice too. I love how much bamboo they have growing all over - and they've starting hanging string lights from everything. So many pathways felt like their own little road, distanced from the rest of the park - when in fact they're barely separated. I appreciate how easy it is to buy tickets & parking from your phone. When we arrived there was a long line to purchase tickets, but I was able to buy them on my phone in less than a few minutes & get right in!
I've been to a lot of zoos around the world and I can safely say that this is one of the best I've been to. The diversity of animals and the overall layout of the zoo is excellent. You could easily spend an entire day here, especially if you check out some of their shows. They also have animals here that I've never seen at other zoos before, such as the African wild dogs which were fun to watch. I would recommend getting here as soon as they open, as the parking lot gets busy and fills up quickly.
Really this zoo has come along way. All the upgrades new exhibits and overall attention to detail for the animals. I appreciate the botanical landscaping, the worldly facades on the exhibits and educational opportunities. Staff was great and friendly. I recommend being a member, food and item prices are outrageous (ex 35 bucks for a pizza) but you get a discount if your a member. Parking is reasonably priced I suppose. I was disappointed in several attractions being closed however. Advertising what's coming in spring made me excited, but i still wanted to see those specific animals. I think if attractions are closed, my tickets should be discounted. I'd love to see the zoo expand, more big cats and exotic animals, Pandas ect. Larger exhibits and mire interactions with the animals. Overall however it was a beautiful day and great fun with the family. Can't really complain.
The Cincinnati Zoo was a great experience. We have visited many zoos around the country and this was right there with the Omaha Zoo as our favorite. The zoo has a few really unique experiences. The pathways are all beautiful with some areas having giant bamboo on both sides. The red pandas have the nicest enclosure I've seen in a zoo for red pandas. The lions and elephants were also in very nicely designed and size appropriate areas. Bring a map as some of the areas just end and you have to backtrack. We ate at one of the zoo cafes and the food was good. The zoo is pricey overall (tickets, food, and gift shop) but it is all for a good cause. They have things going on almost every hour and we lucked out by going on a slightly rainy day which slashed admissions. They offer discounts for admission on a few professions.
We went on a public holiday late in the afternoon. There was not much of waiting to enter the zoo. We missed some of the shows, but be mindful of it. Especially the cheetah one is at 11am. There is also a birds show which would be nice for kids. There is a carousel and few other kids playing area at one end of the zoo. Some of the exhibits were empty. Overall it’s a good experience. Parking is $10 extra on top of the tickets.
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