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Birmingham Zoo

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Address: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223-1154
Phone Number: 205-879-0409
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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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lots of new at the zoo!

We had not visited the zoo in several years, my boys were older and we had been a few times. But when my young nephews came for a visit last spring, we took advantage of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had not visited the zoo in several years, my boys were older and we had been a few times. But when my young nephews came for a visit last spring, we took advantage of the great weather and the opportunity to see the dinosaur exhibit. We were not disappointed! The improvements are noticeable around the park, and it seems... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a very nice zoo. Seems bigger than most zoos. The upgraded/new areas are very well designed. There are still some parts predators and primates that need to be upgraded but it seems they are trying to make things better. The train ride is a break from walking but don't expect to see a lot as the train track hasn't... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We meet our kids and grandkids at the zoo. The grandkids loved seeing all the animals. The buildings are easily accessible with strollers and little ones.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Birmingham most of my life and I remember the Birmingham Zoo from 20 years ago; it was horrible. Terrible conditions for the animals, empty exhibits, they eventually lost their accreditation. I have never seen such a dramatic turn around in my life. They doubled the size of the zoo, added new exhibits created far better ones,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this zoo, I went with my husband and it was such a fun date. They did the lion training and it was awesome. Go!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This zoo is more for children than adults. It would be a nice afternoon visit for kids. However, it does require a lot of walking so come prepared. Toddlers might get too tired. It may be pricey for families travelling.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The zoo is small and is undergoing some renovations, so some exhibits are closed while other areas feel a bit neglected. It just felt like a good scrubbing was in order in some areas. We went early in the day, just after the zoo opened, and there was already some litter scattered about and glass enclosures could have used a... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Zoos in a number of places, and Birmingham's Zoo, while not the biggest, is more than worth the effort, especially if you have young children. You have do it in half a day and there's a terrific area for children to play while the parents "relax." Clean, recently renovated, and fun for all ages... In fact, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

not the biggest zoo I have been to, but you can see the whole thing in an afternoon. they have activities for children like a big water slide. they have most of the big musts that most other zoos have like elephants and big cats.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo is undergoing some renovation so several features/exhibits were closed. The real disappointment was the additional fee required to view the dinosaur exhibit/carousel/train, so immediately upon entering, you're met with, "You need to buy tickets($3/piece)." I understand the need to raise money but it felt excessive. Skip the Wildlife Show.

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