We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Birmingham Zoo

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone Number: 205-879-0409
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on...
Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on the carousel, check out the alligator swamp and tropical rain forest: all this and more are offered at this educational and entertaining zoo housing 170 animals from around the world, including endangered species.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 474 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 146
    Excellent
  • 202
    Very good
  • 87
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Nice day in the park

I thought the zoo was very nice. The animals were very visible and close to the viewing areas. At the time we went they had the dinasour exhibit and my grandkids loved it! They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Mary B
,
Madison, Alabama
Add Photo Write a Review

474 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Madison, Alabama
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I thought the zoo was very nice. The animals were very visible and close to the viewing areas. At the time we went they had the dinasour exhibit and my grandkids loved it! They looked so real scattered around in the wooded area. They also had a very nice children's zoo with plenty for the kids to enjoy. We are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saginaw, Michigan
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had planned to spend the entire day at the zoo, considering it is located in a major metropolitan area. We were surprised when we made it through the whole place in a couple hours. For families with little kids, there is a splash pad, although I don't know how well that fits in with a zoo. The carousel looked... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mississippi
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The price is a little much when you consider that 1) it isn't very big 2) they charge for bonus exhibits (bird feeding, rides, etc.) and 3) they don't allow food or drink. However, it is the only zoo around, it's clean and mostly shaded.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We visit zoos. It's just kind of a thing we do. This is definitely up there in the top 3 zoos we've visited. We just loved it. There are birds everywhere. Most impressive bird display we've seen. There was a woman just handing out chunks of apple to feed to an elephant too. Super cool and totally free. There was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Birmingham zoo caters to children of all ages and goes out of its way to make certain this experience meets expectations of children and parents alike. Seasonal attractions are wonderful, especially the Christmas time Zoo light Safari. But no matter what time of year, this is a great outing for youngsters. I recommend season or annual passes, so that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It's one of those places that you can go back to over and over again and get a different experience each time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
B"HAM,AL
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's a really great family time to just hang out!!!Just wear some relaxing shoe's and clothing and enjoy the atmosphere.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alabama
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Break the norm, get out with the young ones and enjoy. Ride the train!! The park has plenty of visits. Check out the site so you can plan your timing around one of the shows.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The Birmingham Zoo is a first class stop! Beautiful landscaping and friendly staff. If you want to JUST see animals and exhibits, that's great. But, the zoo also has all kinds of amenities and attractions - depending on the time of year you can feed Lorikeets, walk through a butterfly exhibit, ride camels or a zip line and more. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place needs maintenance. The animal enclosures are filthy. The animals are missing. Glad this wasn't the only reason I traveled to Birmingham, Al

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Birmingham Zoo also viewed

 

Been to Birmingham Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Birmingham Zoo and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
2 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Birmingham Zoo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?