Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Don't miss this exciting metropolitan zoo best known for having the largest collection of primates in the United States and for its Rainforest exhibit, which features a thrilling simulated tropical rain storm.
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  • Kim B
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio833 contributions
    Fun, festive day at the zoo
    Went here for the trick or treat fest. You do have to purchase tickets on line along with getting a time for the trick or treat fest. In addition, you can also explore the zoo and get one complimentary admission to either the Boomerang train ride, 4D Theater or Giraffe deck. The trick or treat fest was really cute with about 7 candy stations all with a different type of candy and they are set up as noncontact. You can also see 5 Disney Princesses, Spider man, Batman, Scooby Doo and Shaggy, and a couple other characters and get pictures taken with them again under COVID guidelines. The area was also decorated for the Halloween season with Halloween music. Kids loved it and were also able to dress up in their costumes. They have made many improvements since the last time I was here and the cages were all clean and the animals appeared healthy. It is a lot of walking and we did not see the whole zoo because our elderly mother got tired and hungry. They did have food available for purchase including a McDonald's, Pizza Hut and sub shop, but since all the seating was outside we elected to wait because it was only 53°. I would highly recommend
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2020
  • Beachpuppies
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania211 contributions
    Perfect day for the zoo
    My husband and I visited the zoo while we were in town for the day, on a Thursday, and it was not that busy. It was our first time there. The Asian Lantern Festival was going on during this time, so there were lots of displays around the grounds. We were there during the day time, though, so they were not lit. We enjoyed spending the afternoon walking around. The offered an all inclusive pass for $24 which included the train, carousel, and discounts at the gift shop and to feed the animals. At this time, not sure if it was due to covid, or that it was September, but most of the snack stands and shops throughout the zoo were closed. There are a lot of great places for photos, especially with the extra displays at this time. The staff was nice. I also recommend checking out the 4D movie to cool off during your trip. It was also interesting to see the animal vetting area. There were a few displays closed for work, but no biggie, still plenty to see.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 4, 2021
  • belinda m
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom527 contributions
    Asian Lantern Festival Amazing
    What a find. Didn't plan on visiting the zoo but found online the Asian lantern festival was on and thought this sounded different. Parking is free but it was very busy albeit lines flowed quickly. The zoo was technically closed but some attractions of animals were still open to see along the pathways of the lanterns. These were all amazing and beautiful, so vibrant, colourful and creative. Took so many photos. Sticking with the Asian theme there was also cuisine available which was delicious but quite expensive. Other standard zoo food and beverage outlets were open. So much fun for families with kids of all ages.
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2021
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Jun 2020
Don't get sick and request to have your day of attendance changed because they keep your money and you don't get to go at all. I understand a no refund policy but not even allowing to change dates and keeping our money without rendering any services is disappointing. We typically love going to the Cleveland Zoo but I guess we will not waste our time driving two hours to visit since we aren't valued as a customer.
Written October 28, 2020
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LaurenEA91
Chadds Ford, PA363 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I love going to zoos and seeing different types of animals that aren't at my local zoo. I didn't even know that a Persian Onager was an animal but I saw one. It's a type of wild horse in case you were wondering. Nicely maintained but there were several things that weren't open. Also the primate and aquatic area is up a long hill so even though we walked up it I recommend the team if you can.
Written August 24, 2021
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Chris B
Michigan505 contributions
Mar 2020
This looks to be a decent zoo and would probably be better to visit later in the season. We came on a really nice day in early March and apparently everyone else had the same idea because it was packed. Not many of the animals we visible during our visit and the ones that were, were swamped with people. There were also a few spots within the buildings with barricades that made dead ends and bottle necks for visitors which was inconvenient. We will probably plan another visit once its warmer and the plants come alive again so there's more scenery to look at.
Written March 12, 2020
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Kurt and Diane
9 contributions
Dec 2019
This was our first time at this event. It wass amazing. Lights everywhere!! We saw a 4D movie that was great. It was a cold night and a lot of the animals were inside, so we didn't see a lot of them. We had 11 in our group ranging in ages from 2 to 72. There was an inside carousal that we all enjoyed. There were several places to get snacks and wonderful hot chocolate. We are looking forward to going again next year.
Written January 13, 2020
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Trink2019
2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
The elephant and giraffe exhibits are engaging and educational. The park like setting is beautiful. However, overall, the zoo is sadly in need of repair and innovation. The train circles around rusty buildings and trash piles. Building and fencing maintenance is needed as everything has the appearance of having been neglected. The directional signage is dated and confusing. It is the worst directional signage in any park or zoo that we have visited. This zoo has great potential but needs creative management and maintenance.
Written April 15, 2021
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memejoyce64
Tinley Park, IL17 contributions
Jul 2021
I was lucky to go when the Asian Lantern Festival was going on. I wasn't there at night but even not lit up, it was very impressive. The decorations would have been worth the price alone. The zoo itself was also very nice. I thought the animals had a lot of room and were active. I got to see the bears swimming which was nice. The elephant crossing they do twice a day is also fun to see. The elephants move from one exhibit to another in a line. It was also exciting seeing koala bears. I recommend this zoo. Parking is free and tickets were not too expensive. Plenty of seating around the zoo and a lot of food options.
Written July 29, 2021
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ciarey
123 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Zoo is nicely done and very clean. Make sure you wear your walking shoes, as there’s a lot of ground to cover. The Rainforest is separate from the main zoo and is absolutely amazing. The zoo was not crowded and they do have a tram that takes you up to the primate area. I was excited to feed the giraffes, but they weren’t doing that anymore. Not sure if it’s a Covid thing or what. Well worth the entrance fee and parking is free!
Written September 29, 2021
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najnad
Elkridge, MD66 contributions
Jul 2023
Have visited many zoos in different states and this is one of the best. Last time I visited was around 40 years ago, the entire zoo seems to have been re-done in that time and thats good. Informative displays and nice variety of animals. The giraffe feeding was very cool, even if you didnt feed you can get close to them, unlike other zoos which restrict close access to only those who pay to feed. Lots of walking, but they also have a tram (for additional fee) to get from one area to another. Food is somewhat limited and overprices, but that is typical for zoos. One negative was while there the zoo had a private party which closed off a path connecting areas and required us to walk back through the area we had area been in to get to another area, there should be a way to allow people to walk everywhere without disrupting a private party.
Written July 31, 2023
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Sandra W
Columbus, OH41 contributions
Aug 2022
We really enjoyed visiting this zoo. The animals seemed well cared for and the enclosures were nice. We visited on a Monday and failed to realize that the zoo is free for locals on that day. It was very crowded. But nice to see so many families enjoying the zoo. I am used to the Columbus zoo, which has a lot of docents and other personnel around. This Cleveland zoo suffers a bit from too few staff I think. I noticed many overflowing trash cans. Lots of people including us a few times confused about where we were on the map, which is kind of vague. No one to answer questions. This is the only reason I didn't give the zoo an 'excellent'. I hope to visit again sometime to see the animals we did not get to see because we ran out of time.
Written August 17, 2022
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margatemensch2016
Coconut Creek, FL777 contributions
Nov 2020
On a pleasantly brisk November Saturday,I spent a delight four and a half hours at the Cleveland Zoo.This zoo has a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy the animals and it caters to people that enjoy walking.I especially enjoyed its elephants,giraffes,gorillas.flamingoes,kangeroos, bonteboks,and seals.I have been to larger zoos with more animals,but the Cleveland Zoo is still worthy of accolades.The staff of this zoo takes pride in their work.Senior Citizens like myself receive a discount on the admission.
Written November 21, 2020
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