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“full price but not many animals out” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1399
513-281-4700
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Ranked #4 of 80 attractions in Cincinnati
Type: Gardens, Zoos
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Owner description: 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.
Bloomington, Indiana
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“full price but not many animals out”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We went sat. March 23rd. Very disappointing. Paid full price but hardly any animals to see. Monkee's, Bears, turtles all not out because of weather (though it was 50 degrees). $8 to park. Lack of animals also, 2 giraffes, 1 penquin, 3 elephants. No dolphins or shows to see. If you want to go to a zoo, go to the Indianapolis zoo. Way more to see in Indy.
Even in the summer I wonder if there are more animals. Spent a lot of money to see very little.

Visited March 2013
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“Great place to visit, even off-season!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

We visited Cincinnati in March and the zoo was a fabulous place to be. Even though the weather was a tad cold, the indoor exhibits were amazing and plentiful for my three kids 17m, 3 years, and 6 years old. The bug exhibit is out of this world gross! The kids didn't have to wait in line ever, the crowds were thin, and the tiger was pacing back and forth right in front of them! Keep in mind that many of the animals are not out, but this makes for quick less than two hour trip for us, which is perfect. AND, admission was half off! You can't beat that. We loved it, and it was a fraction of the cost of the aquarium and I think we enjoyed this more. A great place to let the kids walk, and right in the middle of the city! We will definitely return.

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Livonia, Michigan
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“Spring time at the zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Cincinnati Zoo is a very big zoo and I was pretty impressed. Plenty of animals to see and a few I haven't seen at other zoos. Gorillas were entertaining to watch. Plan for a full day. Wish parking wasn't so expensive though.

Visited March 2013
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“Any trip for all seasons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We are members of the zoo, and have been for 3 years now. It never gets old and always offers a great day trip. Our kids are 1,3, and 5, and they all enjoy the zoo. One of my favorite times to visit is just as the tulips open up, but we also enjoy the quiet and emptier days that are cool or rainy. In fact, our daughter made her first visit at just 2 weeks old in Jan of 2012, and has been at least once a month every month since! A membership pays for itself in no time and is definitely worth it for us (we live about an hour away).

There are quite a few new renovations and exhibits opening up, so I'm excited to see what's in store.

We always bring our own picnic lunch and snacks, so I can't comment on the concessions at all, but there seem to be a lot of options.

Visited March 2013
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“Festival of Lights: Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I love visiting the zoo, but it is especially enchanting during the Festival of the Lights. The place is completely decorated in christmas lights and attractions and it is magical. You should make sure you get there as early as possible though, parking becomes rather troublesome, especially on the weekends! If you have children I definitely suggest taking the train for a ride around the park but it isn't quite as magical for adults. The snacks are delicious and make the place smell amazing and you can even get alcohol for your walk if you desire. It is also interesting to get into some of the buildings and view the animals in their enclosures. You can get way closer to elephants and giraffes than usual when they're housed inside instead of out in the cold. You'll need plenty of layers for this adventure and comfortable shoes but it is truly a fun way to spend your evening!

Visited December 2012
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