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Birmingham Zoo

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Address: 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
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+1 205-879-0409
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Working on new exhibits

They are working a few new exhibits so it's a little bit of a cluster right now. The Birmingham Zoo is always great fun and will be again after the upgrades are made.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The zoo is currently under partial construction which could account for it's small size. I thought the enclosures were small and the animals were skinny and sickly. In particular I'm referring to the lion and the tiger. Several enclosures had only one animal. The lucky ones had one other companion of the opposite sex. I was surprised to learn they... More 

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Thank April F
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A lot of the zoo was either closed off or under construction and they have quite a bit less than other zoos i have been to. Because of that the price is a little high. We walked through the whole zoo in only a few hours. The slide costs 3.50 for one quick ride (its not very large). Glad we... More 

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Thank Shanea K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

They are working a few new exhibits so it's a little bit of a cluster right now. The Birmingham Zoo is always great fun and will be again after the upgrades are made.

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Thank Jaymzwowens
Fort Myers, Florida
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8 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were really disappointed with this zoo. The line to get in was very long when we got there, and even longer when we were leaving. They only had two ticket windows open, and the train was down today. There's a very large construction area right when you walk in. We felt bad for the animals because many of them... More 

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Thank Alitzahlocke
Clay, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I always love coming to the Birmingham Zoo. Coming with the young kids that are so excited to go explore makes me feel like a kid again. We always go see the elephants first to say hello and we make sure to tell them bye before we leave!

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Thank kimberlypeace12
Cleveland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoy the zoo. This was our first time to go around Christmas. Although it was cold we enjoyed seeing the lights and riding the train.

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Thank D G
Montgomery, Alabama
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have gone to the zoo my entire childhood, I again took my own children and grandchildren to this zoo, but Thursday I was the most I've ever been disappointed, in a visit here. Half of the zoo was closed due to either construction or remodel, most of the animals were either ill or not accessable, but yet still there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my nephew on his school trip to the zoo. It was easy to get tickets, plenty of booths open so you didn't stand in line long. When you walk in you are greeted with parrots surrounded by little pond with the most gorgeous water lilies... we loved it all especially the giraffes that lean there heads over... More 

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1 Thank Alabamasissy
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small-city zoo, but has been updated in the last couple of years. The enclosures are very well done and the animals always seem happy. The elephants can be seen testing each other over a sand hill. Watched them one day for about 20 minutes. It was great. Very clean and the landscaping is pretty.

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Thank sblackw00d
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo has come a long way! The new elephant habitat is amazing, and they are consistently adding new hands on experiences to enhance interest. The money spent here appears to go to good use for the animals!

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