Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Birmingham Zoo Reviews: 4/5

Birmingham Zoo
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Inspiring Passion to Conserve the Natural World The Birmingham Zoo is home is a variety of animals, including lions, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, sea lions, orangutans, zebras, a jaguar, African elephants, and endangered species from six continents! The Birmingham Zoo is a non-profit and is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except during special, seasonal and extended hours. Regular admission is $17.95* for adults and $14.95* for senior citizens and military and $12.95* for children ages 2-12 (*Price not including tax). All Birmingham Zoo Members and children under two-years-old receive free admission. The Birmingham Zoo is the only AZA accredited Zoo in the state of Alabama. Regular Zoo Hours Wednesday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm Birmingham Zoo is closed Monday & Tuesday unless open for a holiday. Entry into the Zoo stops 30 minutes before closing. Holidays observed: CLOSED Thanksgiving Day - November 25 Christmas Day - December 24 EARLY CLOSING Christmas Eve at 1:00pm - December 23
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Olivia S
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Wouldn’t go back
Sep 2021 • Family
Went to the zoo on 9/11/21. Lots of closed areas. Animals essentially live on gravel. It was actually pretty sad. One animal had an empty velveta cheese box in its enclosure and one had an empty brown paper bag. Both of these were inside exhibits, so it isn’t like a visitor would have thrown them in there, only employees have access. Viewing glass was extreme dirty. The animals look pretty sad. I wouldn’t go back. Lots of trees outside the enclosures blocking site of the animals and very little trees, grass, or vegetation in the enclosures to make the animals feel “at home”. Food for myself and 2 babies was $40. They are definitely not spending the money on updating the zoo or creating nice environments for the animals.
Written September 13, 2021
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Brandi D
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Been coming for 43 years.
Aug 2021
As a metro area Alabamian I found it just ok. I have been coming to the zoo with my family since I was a girl. We come at least once a year and I was underwhelmed. It's seems to need some updating. I know Covid has had an impact on the zoo too but for the price it just wasn't really worth it. Too many attractions where closed and what was left was just ok. I so wish they would update the train ride the most. Just not able to observe many of the animals from the train. Your mostly just looking at the woods around the zoo. I really enjoyed a few years ago when they had the dinosaurs but after it left the zoo lost its zing to me.
Written August 15, 2021
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Noash
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Underwhelming for the price
Jul 2021 • Family
It seems like they spent a lot of donations and overpriced tickets on the main building where administrators hang out. Almost 100 dollars spent (food drinks etc) for multiple closed exhibits, and areas not updated since I was a kid 10 plus years ago. Most of what they have are small animals and older lions, big cats, etc. Every memory I have of the zoo is always seeing closed exhibits, and that didn’t change this time. I think, based on my experience tickets should be about 10 dollars with optional donations. They’re of course gonna sell drinks and food, so I don’t think tickets should be that expensive for young couples looking for affordable fun options.
Written July 25, 2021
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Susan G
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Too high priced for too much closed..fresh lemonade was from frozen lemonade minute maid, not fresh squeezed, bitter.
Jul 2021
A lot of issues..tain allowed you to see elephants. Giraffes and zebra are living on gravel some type asphalt maybe underneath, small mudhole they were drinking from, not at all their natural setting. Pitiful I thought even 10 year old noticed sad living area. I felt sorry for them.

Not many animals to even see, not adequate enclosures they are living in. I won't go back.
Written July 16, 2021
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611Flynn
Birmingham, AL4 contributions
Like being in another world!
Dec 2020
I *love* the Zoo year-round, but Zoo Lights is AMAZING! Hot cocoa and hot apple cider were available. The Chinese fabric, life-sized, animal lanterns were well done -- some had motion as well (Elephant raising its trunk, for example). Very detailed. I'm so proud of how well our Zoo does things.
Written July 12, 2021
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BBL55
Birmingham, AL28 contributions
Poor experience
Jul 2021
We went to the Birmingham Zoo today with our 4 year old grandson. I am embarrassed to say that as a life long resident of Birmingham and a frequent visitor to the zoo with my own children it is pathetic! Do not waste your money or time! There are so few animals there I don’t know how it qualifies as a zoo. Weeds have taken over, most exhibits were closed such as the Reptile House. If you ride the train you will be able to see the interstate but no animals. Very sad!
Written July 9, 2021
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CLH79
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Just ok/average Zoo
Jul 2021 • Family
This Zoo is still just ok/average. It's pricey too. $100 for 4 of us to get in and ride the train. They have done lots of updating in the last few years, but it's got a long way to go to compare with other zoo's. Memphis and Atlanta are so much better. Lots of exhibits empty and closed. Lots of overgrown weeds and grass that just looks awful. No Zebras, no hippos, only one giraffe, etc. Free parking is nice and the new front building/restrooms/gift shop are nice. Overpriced gifts in the shop though...just not worth the price. It's been two years since we had been there because of covid. Don't know when we'll be back.
Written July 5, 2021
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Yasmine M
1 contribution
Never again
Jun 2021 • Family
I just spent $60 and half of the habitats were closed. That's ridiculous!!!! Over priced to go see nothing!!!!!
Written June 26, 2021
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Trail361494
2 contributions
Abandoned zoo
May 2021 • Family
Birmingham zoo looks as if it’s been abandoned. Hardly any animals at all. Everything is overgrown and in disrepair. Definitely an embarrassment for the city of Birmingham.
Written May 22, 2021
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Tasha C
2 contributions
Expensive entry to zoo for there to be No animals
May 2021 • Family
$80 dollars for a family of four To get in 65 dollars for lunch. This would have been ok if there had been animals to see at the zoo. Made it through in two hours. I would say half the exhibits were closed or just empty. Waste of time and money!
Written May 8, 2021
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