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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Address: 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1399
Phone Number: 513-281-4700
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Description: This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the...
This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the country, is most renowned for its endangered species and birthing programs, particularly for gorillas and white tigers, and has a wonderful collection of felines and a delightful manatees exhibit.
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Me and two teens visited the zoo. It is older and has the structure of zoos in the 70's and 80's. Too much concrete and not enough "natural" like environments. We have visited... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Me and two teens visited the zoo. It is older and has the structure of zoos in the 70's and 80's. Too much concrete and not enough "natural" like environments. We have visited many zoos in the U.S. This just wasn't one of my favorites. The zoo was very clean and the staff were helpful and kind. I did enjoy... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

The combination of beautiful gardens and fun animal exhibits makes this attraction great for the whole family.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The zoo is great. We have had passes for years. We enjoy it all year round. The Holiday lights are fantastic.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The Cincinnati Zoo is a great day trip for families or couples. Billed as second to only the San Diego Zoo (in terms of research), there is a great deal to see and do at the zoo. One of the most popular exhibits in the winter is the Manatee exhibit which currently has two manatees swimming. Also be sure to... More 

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Hammond, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Went to the zoo for the Penguin walk and it was awesome! Planning to go back in the summer when more outside exhibits are open. Excellent zoo and great friendly staff!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have visited many zoo's across the nation and Cincinnati's is one of the best. It's also well known for the botanicals as well.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Just an overall great zoo. We visited San Diego and were disappointed with it, not as nice or good as our zoo. We told everyone on this trip to come to our zoo. So much better than that one, and I'm sure of many others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Many animals are kept indoors during winter, but there are other activities to compensate. The most popular is the Penguins parade, which is supposed to be great, but it was "too hot for the penguins" when we were there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

The park and gardens are well kept. If you watch out, you can get admission deals. We brought a hard to impress 4th grader. It was great, especially when they were feeding the big cats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

I love the a Cincinnati Zoo. The animals are well cared for. They are given lots of enrichment opportunities. The zoo is well known for its Gorilla surrogacy program. And, the zoo babies are adorable every year. The refreshments are good and reasonably priced. The gift shops offer something for everyone. The campus is not so large that you can't... More 

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