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Address: 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone Number: 205-879-0409
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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.
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Fun little trip

I loved visiting this zoo. It's not as big as i expected for Birmingham. The kids had a blast. There were parts that were under construction where they are adding on. They have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Hillsboro, Alabama
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Hillsboro, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I loved visiting this zoo. It's not as big as i expected for Birmingham. The kids had a blast. There were parts that were under construction where they are adding on. They have a cafe and gift shop. The gift shop is just a small one. They have a train ride through the zoo which was fun and they tell... More 

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Guntersville, Alabama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The layout of the zoo is nice and easily walked for most parts (wilds Alabama probably the only one that needs some prompt attention). I'd probably just skip that section anyway as there's not very much to it which is kind of the theme of the zoo as a whole. There's some of your standard African animals (lions, rhinos, giraffes)... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I didn't enjoy my visit today at this place. Looking at the monkeys and other animals was depressing.. the monkeys looked depressed and lonely also various other animals were pacing in their enclosures... Birmingham needs to do better SERIOUSLY

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Villa Rica, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We came to this zoo because we were tired of going to Zoo Atlanta. The huge difference between the two was how quiet/relaxing this zoo was. The admission fees were cheaper. Of course this zoo is not as big as Zoo Atlanta and so less to see, but we enjoyed here more simply because there were less people and that... More 

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Irondale, Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I've been going to the Birmingham Zoo since about 1961 or 2 and all I can say is that it just gets better and better. There have been many rennovations over the years and they have done an excellent job. I have been to several other zoos and I am always impressed with how great our little hometown zoo compares... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Took my nephew here a few weeks back and while the animals were nice, it all felt very underwhelming. He liked the monkey house and the birds, but the way the area with the lions is arranged is very spread out, showing how few animals they actually have.

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Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We really enjoy the zoo in the summer with the children's area where my kids love cooling off in the fountains/water play area. They could improve the experience with a playground area that small kids can enjoy (the current one scares me to death so we avoid it). This last visit, the computers were down so it was super inconvenient... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A great place to take the kids! The Children's Barn is neat. Love the primates too. Can get crowed during school holidays but still a great place to visit. Food and souvenirs priced a little high but what place isn't. Don't let that hold you back. A good picnic area is just outside front gate so you can take your... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I highly recommend the Birmingham Zoo. It is easy to walk, the animals are well cared for and in natural settings. Go during the week for fewer crowds and beware of large school groups in May.

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Temple, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We have been to several zoos across the south, and this one is our favorite by far. You get to be so close to the animals and really get to observe them. My sons 5 & 7 love coming here!

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