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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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One of the South's Best Zoos

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Huntsville
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Close at 5pm but lock all exhibits 4:45. They should post this at door. Advertise new exhibits coming in spring but at door says coming soon. Paid over 45.00 and not worth 20.00. I was separated from grandchild and male employee would not allow me to go back and find her. Made me wait at the gate. Very rude and... More 

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Opelika, Alabama
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

First trip to this zoo, so really didn't know what to expect (didn't research it like I normally do prior to going almost anywhere). Construction leading to the zoo was a bit of a headache, but that won't last forever. Parking was a breeze--and free! Cost was reasonable, for 3 of us it was about $49 total. Took us around... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I usually visit the Zoo each year with the elementary school that I drive a bus for. It is always a lot of fun and clean and well laid out. The only problem I have ever encountered is not enough places to sit and eat.

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Nigeria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

First, I was happy to at least have something to do here. Birmingham doesn't have so many attractions so at least, we are thankful for the zoo. I kind of felt it was a bit too pricey for what they offered but then I totally understand they have to take care of the animals. I also went on the train... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Fairly affordable zoo that isn't the biggest around but has well-cared for animals and enough of a variety to hold your interest.

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Albany, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This is one of the better run municipal zoos and worth the visit. The walking trails are easy to maneuver and never overly steep. This illusion of lack of steepness is a rare thing in Birmingham. The same holds true for the Botanical Gardens next door. Another must see while in town.

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Northport, Alabama
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16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Not too bad I have seen worse. I didn't particularly care for the layout of this zoo, and there were many animals they didn't have. The Montgomery zoo is 10x better.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We came to Birmingham as a family weekend get-a-way. We've been a few years in a roll, so the zoo was one of the places we hadn't been. It was very hot, and unless you were inside a building there wasn't much shade. Do not recommending taking younger children on a hot/warm day. There were some great exibits though. We... More 

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