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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Address: 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1399
Phone Number: 513-281-4700
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This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the...

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.

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Fun night at the Festival of Lights!

This outing was perfect for the young children before Christmas. They were mesmerized in the Elephant House but loved the Reptile House. The outdoor lights were beautiful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cincinnati
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This outing was perfect for the young children before Christmas. They were mesmerized in the Elephant House but loved the Reptile House. The outdoor lights were beautiful and the music was festive!

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Thank grammaof8
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Besides being beautiful to walk around, it has almost all animal. From an insect house to elephants, manatees, all kinds of large and medium sized cats, and more and more. All are in natural habitats. The zoo features albino Bengal tigers, red pandas. There's a petting zoo for children, a train that kids love. Well worth the investment of time... More 

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Bloomington, IN
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came for the Festival of Lights to the zoo. The lights display was pretty amazing. However if you want to see the animals, not a good time to visit. We only seen the giraffes, in their shelter house, a black rhino in the dark, and the manatees. Our kids got to see Anna and Elsa and so that totally... More 

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Thank mandy8943
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time! Arrived at 4 and stayed til 8:30! The later it got, prettier the lights were of course. My 2 grandkids ( 12 and 10) had a ball. I splurged and bought the s'more family pack to make over one of two fires-WAY too expensive! Next time will bring my own :)

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1 Thank Patricia G
Greater Cincinnati
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best Zoo around. Clean and nice. Lots to do and see. Kids have a lot of fun and the displays are great for kids to see the animals. Lots of places to rest and food is pretty good too.

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Cincinnati
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of well care for animals. Nationally rated. Near the University of Cincinnati and downtown Cinti

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Cincinnati
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75 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Cincinnati Zoo is a very active place with many special events and options. Be sure to check the website before you go to find out if anything is happening. But I think what I like best is the docent program. There are always people around to explain or show or let you touch animals . They will also leave... More 

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1 Thank Gungadin
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I am so happy with the selection of animals we have. It is a very clean zoo, which offers a great deal for families. Our floral and plants are tops in all of the zoos I have been at. With only one exception and it was out of the country in Sydney, Australia. Our variety animals tops theirs hands down.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cincinnati zoo is the best zoo I have ever visited. The educational programs are amazingly run. There is a wide variety of animals, insects & creatures in an up close & natural environment. My 20 month old loves to visit all the time & learn. The zoo offers good food, a train ride & several educational programs for all... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went in October for the trick or treat and it was great! Surprised at how many animals where still out. Our favorite was the Giraffe exhibit.

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